"Thank you for all the support you gave me last year, 2015, and for all the things you taught me that are now essentials in my daily life. In terms of golf, I would like you to know that you couldn't have been more right when you said that the most important thing was to play as much golf as possible and to learn from your mistakes on the golf course, because all we do in college is play, play and play again. Also, when you repeated over and over again that the academy was a process and we should wait for everything to come. Furthermore all the little things that I thought were not important, I realize now how much they help... like making my bed everyday or making my divots. What I appreciate the most about last year is the family environment that GNCGA offers because college is just like that. Your team is your family and you have to respect everyone like if they were your brothers. I couldn't be more thankful that you taught me all those essentials for my new life in college. "Gonzalo P. from Spain, Full-Time Student 2015
What people like about usTESTIMONIALS
Nancy SeibertVolunteer, AJGA 2016
“My sincere congratulations for a fabulous golf tournament! As a volunteer I heard no complaints, and I was there for five days. The event was well organized, golf was outstanding, food was fantastic, weather cooperated, staff and interns went above and beyond, student golfers were very polite and respectful, parents were so thankful, and I truly believe everyone attending had a wonderful experience. Lasting friendships and memories were made! Just wanted to say thank you and congratulations. ”
Gerald DiamondFather of a GNAJI 2016 Participant
"My son, Sam, had a wonderful time with your group and thought that the experience with the other competitors from around the globe and everything that was involved with putting on this tournament was outstanding. He has been in a lot of tournaments over the years and said that this was by far the best to date…even with his play not being quite up to what he had wanted! Thanks again for all of your efforts. He loved the experience and very much appreciated the opportunity."
Ryan M. from CanadaGNAJI 2017 Participant
"I had the opportunity to play in the third annual Greg Norman Academy Junior Invitational and the whole event was luxurious and ran very well. The course was great and the meals were perfect."
Christian S. from NorwayGNAJI 2017 Participant
"The service at this tournament was great. The staff was there to help. Everything that was prepared for us was wonderful."
Trish and Ed Jones from Jacksonville, NCGrandparents of a Optimist 2017 Participant
"Our weekend has been very pleasant. Watching our grandson, Tyler J., is a joy. Thank you for providing the course and the employees to carry out the weekend. "
Alexis S. from Charlotte, NC Participant of the Optimist 2017
"This tournament was so fun! The hospitality was amazing. The course and the facilities were great. Everyone was so friendly and you can tell they have put a lot of effort into the tournament. "
Jessica S. from North Myrtle Beach, SCParticipant of the Optimist 2017
"This is a great tournament and I had a fun time playing in it, it was a good experience. "
Florenle S. from Port Saint Lucie, FLMother of two Optimist 2017 Participants
"This is an excellent team. We felt awesome playing this tour. This was the best experience ever, nice people and the best service."
Inaki J. from Cancun, MX Optimist 2018 Participant
"It was a very enjoyable experience and a very well organized event."
Felix Van K. from Germany Optimist 2018 Participant
"The tournament was well organized and gave one a good opportunity to qualify for the Optimist International. The Optimist organization is a highly ranked tournament, that not only tests your skills, but you can also benefit from it by gaining points for the national rankings."
Lexi K. from Sylvania, OH Participant of the Optimist 2017
"The GNCGA put on a great tournament. The course was in great condition and everyone was very friendly. It is a great tournament to play in."
Tyler J. from Jacksonville, NC Optimist 2018 Participant
"The Norman Course at Barefoot Resort and Golf is a great course to play. I love how we get to play in South Carolina."
Kayla R. from Ohio Optimist 2018 Participant
"The conditions overall were very good, the greens were amazing. Thank you for having me."
Payton P. from Florida Optimist 2018 Participant
"Very fun tournament and I was able to get a lot of experience."
Paige H. from West Des Moines, IA Optimist 2018 Participant
"It was a very good experience and this tournament was very fun to play. "
Sylvania, OH Participant of the Optimist 2017
"This tournament hosted by the GNCGA and the Optimist International golf tournament have been my favorite tournament to play in by far. The staff has always been extremely helpful and welcoming. I would recommend these events to other junior golfers. "
Jonas B. from Germany GNAJI 2017 Participant
“The food was good and the course and the volunteers are nice.”
Ninette L. from Texas Mother of a GNCGA Full-Time Student
“I want to thank every single person at the Academy that is helping our son and for making an impact in his life. Most grateful!!”
John S. from Virginia Father of a GNCGA Open 2016 Participant
“Thank you to the GNCGA staff, the tournament volunteers, Barefoot Resort, Optimist, and all the sponsors for a great tournament, course, and facility. Hats off to the greens keeping staff who had the course and practice facilities in primo condition.”
Joe W. III from Ohio Father of a GNCGA Open 2016 Participant
“AMAZING facility! GREAT Staff! FIRST CLASS event!!!”
Paula H. from Duluth, GA Participant in the August AJGA tournament
“What I enjoyed most about this event was the great community on and off the course. What I liked about Barefoot was the great beach-y feeling. This tournament allowed college coaches to see my scores. Thank you so much for all your support.”
Kristoffer L. from Norway GNAJI 2017 Participant
“The volunteers who drove the shuttles were very nice along with the staff at Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy. I liked the restaurants we ate at. Overall, I was satisfied with the course we played and the conditions. Keep up the good work!”
Athena Y. from Winter Haven, FL Participant in the August AJGA tournament
“I really enjoyed everything that was provided for me this week. I loved how there was breakfast for everyone to eat. That was really nice. Everyone out here is very friendly and that is what matters to me the most.”
Zak B. from Summerville, SC Participant in the August AJGA tournament
“I enjoyed how organized the event was and the nice amenities that have been provided for me. I enjoyed Barefoot Resort because of its great facilities and many options of courses to play. Playing this tournament has given me the privilege to compete at a high level.”
Travis M. from Hilton Head Island, SC Participant in the August AJGA tournament
“I loved the cookout that was provided after a long round as well as Rita’s. The hospitality was great and I appreciate the opportunity to play in this event.”
Austin M. from Morgan Hill, CA Participant in the August AJGA tournament
“Thank you so much for making this tournament possible for all of us golfers. I really appreciate it. I like coming to Barefoot because of the fun surroundings of Myrtle Beach. What I enjoyed most about the event is playing on the really nice practice facilities. Thanks again for all your effort in making this event possible for us.”
Jim M. from Hilton Head Island, SC Participant in the AJGA Tournament 2015
“Just wanted to pass along a thank you to the entire staff at The Greg Norman Academy for your hospitality during the recent AJGA event. I was up with my son Travis and everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcomed. Always nice to see a smiling face each morning when we arrived and again as the day ended. Great facilities and hope to visit them again.”
Kelley C. Participant in the NJGT Tournament 2015
"I attended the NJGT/GNCGA College Prep Junior Golf Tour in January 2014 and I had a good time. Everything was great."
Sue Y. Participant in the NJGT Tournament 2015
"My son played in the 2015 Optimist Tournament that was hosted at GNCGA and I would like to say that the entire staff at GNCGA was very nice, the food was delicious and I enjoyed walking the entire course."
Theresa K. Participant in the NJGT Tournament 2015
"GNCGA gives out great gift bags and I think it is excellent that parents and players had catered meals. I also enjoyed the live scoring."
Rodger P. from Poland Father of a GNAJI 2015 Participant
"The Greg Norman Academy Junior Invitational was a great experience. Nicole and I had a great time. The entire GNCGA staff and volunteers were very friendly and hospitable. We appreciate it. "
Zack M. from Canada Participant in the GNAJI 2015
"Thank you for the great tournament in December 2015. I really enjoyed the practice facility at the academy and all of the staff. I hope to return next year."
Rob V.Father of Student
"My son has played in many events, but the NJGT/GNCGA College Prep Junior Golf Tour has to be one of the best. The staff with the NJGT has put together in the past some great tournaments at some great courses, but having the staff of the GNCGA and their academy setting as a venue was awesome. I would like to see this as an annual event."
Juan C. from Colombia Uncle of a GNAJI 2015 Participant
"I want to thank you for inviting my nephew, Juan K., to such an excellent tournament. Juan K. was very happy and he loved to have the opportunity to participate as a player. Thanks again for everything and hope to see you soon."
Kieran V. from Zimbabwe Participant in the GNAJI 2015
"Thank you very much for all the time and effort GNCGA put into this tournament. I wish I could return next year, but I will be too old."
Rune HovlandFather of a GNAJI 2016 Participant
"I want to thank you for a wonderful time in the United States and with Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy. The Junior golfers from Oslo Golf Club (Norway) had a wonderful experience.The tournament at the golf course and everything around was facilitated in a superb way.Thanks so much for letting us come! "