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Coach Mueller's Lions Golf Camps


About Us
Deposit & Registration
Camp Dates
Host Facilities
Daily Schedule
Rich Mueller
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Attend Coach Mueller’s Lions INDOOR Golf Camp – Saturday, November 9th or Saturday, December 14th!

Have you ever wondered…

       -  How a college golfer stays sharp at a cold-weather school in the off-season?  

       -  What a typical practice day looks like when there is snow on the ground?

       -  What meaningful practice plans look like when using an indoor facility?

Attend 2019 Coach Mueller’s Lions Golf Camp at Columbia University and find out! 

About Us
This special one–day camp is designed for the junior golfers interested in playing on the collegiate level and considering cold-weather schools.  Campers will experience a day-in-the-life of a college golfer’s typical off-season practice using Columbia Golf’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art indoor facility.

Coach Mueller’s INDOOR Lions Golf Camp is unique because it teaches best practices when weather conditions are not ideal: specifically, how to be successful in college golf while using indoor and non-traditional facilities. 

Instruction will prepare young men for college golf in colder climates by addressing how to best use indoor and non-traditional facilities.   Students will receive individual putting instruction, personalized launch monitor data, shot dispersion data and general feedback from the coaching staff.

Player Improvement Discussions will revolve around Strokes Gained.  Campers will also learn how to formulate their own practice plans to make indoor and non-traditional practice meaningful.

College Preparation will address the recruiting process including basic NCAA Rules, written correspondence, important dates, and deadlines for standardized testing. In addition to the “Finding the Right Program.”

Competition will help them assess strengths and weaknesses, students will participate in a series of skills challenges across all the facilities. Coaches will be interacting with players during the instruction and competition.

Who is Eligible - The first 8 male golfers who apply between the ages of 13 (must be entering 9th grade in fall 2018) and 18. Under NCAA rules, senior graduates may attend camp.
Athletic Trainer - a certified athletic trainer, will be on site each day. The trainer will provide basic supplies for first aid.

Deposit and Registration
  • Register here online
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit must accompany each application; deposits will be applied to the fee. During the camp check-in, the remaining balance can be paid by check or credit card. See forms below.
  • Download the required Medical Form here.

Camp Dates
    July 30-31, 2019 | St. Andrew's Golf Club | Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
    August 1st, 2019 | Haworth Country Club
    November 9
th, 2019 | The Golf Training Center at Columbia University
     December 14th, 2019 | The Golf Training Center at Columbia University
Information on Host Facilities     

The Golf Training Center at Columbia University

Opened in 2001 and recently renovated and expanded in 2019, Columbia Golf takes full advantage of having an indoor facility on campus.  The golf center is located in Dodge Fitness Center and boasts two rooms - the larger space offers 2000 sq. feet of chipping and putting space and the other, 1000 sq. feet of hitting space with state-of-the-art technology including

• Two Foresight GC Quads
• Foresight GC2 HMT
• V1 Software
• BodiTrak
• Perfection Putting Platform
• PuttView
• Blast Motion
• Eyeline Golf Training Aides
• Titleist ProV1 Practice Balls
• Mitchell Club Grip, Loft/Lie Machines
• The Golf Channel
• WiFi
The Saint Andrew's Golf Club     
America's oldest golf club (1888) and founding member of the USGA, Saint Andrew's is one of golf's venerated historical venues. Only 12 miles from Columbia University, the Membership and their guests enjoy the game in a spectacular setting and play one of the area's best-conditioned and exciting layouts - a challenging par-71 golf course, redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1983. 
Stewardship of the traditions and history of the ancient and honorable game is a priority at Saint Andrew's. Members are proud to wear the Red Jacket adn offer a spiritied toast to the memory of John Reid, the founder of American golf, in the room that bears his name. 
In addition to several other area facilities, The Saint Andrew's Golf Club is also home to the Columbia Lions Men's Golf team. The facility is meticulously manicured and offers a wonderful short game area as well as two smaller practice greens where golfers can hone their skills. The golf course is challenging but fair and requires precision shot-making to have a chance at breaking far. 
     For more information on our camp's host facilities please visit the following links:
              Saint Andrew's Golf Club - Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
The Haworth Golf Club
The 18-hole private golf course at Haworth Country Club officially opened in 1965.  With over half a century of success, this picturesque 175 acre property features bentgrass greens, tees and fairways which provide some of the best conditioned playing surfaces in the northeast.
Re-designed by the legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 2000, the course length is up to 7000 yards and the modern design features classic traditional elements that provide a memorable round. The course has five sets of tees to test golfers of every level and with over four acres of teeing ground golfers can be assured that each time out he or she will have a new challenge.
Selected to host several US Open & MET Open qualifying rounds in recent years, Haworth Country Club continues to play an integral part in the golf community.  Few country clubs can proudly offer this certification of excellence.
In addition to several other area facilities, The Haworth Golf Club is also home to the Columbia Lions Men’s Golf team.  The facility offers is meticulously manicured and offers a wonderful short game area as well as two smaller practice greens where golfers can hone their skills.  The golf course is challenging but fair and requires precision shot-making to have a chance at breaking par. 
       You can learn more about The HaworthClub and other Columbia Lion golf facilities here.
Visiting Columbia University
Upon request, separate arrangements can be made to visit Columbia's campus prior to the start of camp or after it has concluded. Please contact Coach Mueller directly should you wish to visit.

Daily Schedule

Winter Camp Schedule

9:45am - 10:00am – Check-in, Meet at Golf Training Center at Columbia University (Dodge Fitness Center)
10:00am – 10:15am - Parent/Camper orientation
10:15am – 11:45am – Golf Training Center at Columbia University

-       Bay 1 – Strokes Gained Challenge (Groups 1,2)
-       Bay 2 – Shot dispersion work (Group 1,2)
-       Bay 3 – Instruction and V1 (Group 3,4)
-       Putting Room - Instruction and drills (Group 3,4)

11:45am – 12:15pm Lunch Discussion Topics:
-       Rules test
-       Strokes Gained
-       Course management

12:15pm – 2:45pm - The Learning Center at Saint Andrew’s

-       Bay 1 – Strokes Gained Challenge (Group 3,4)
-       Bay 2 – Shot dispersion work (Group 3,4)
-       Bay 3 – Instruction (Group 1,2)
-       Putting Room - Instruction and SAM Putt Lab (Groups 1,2)

2:45pm – Roundtable discussion on recruitment process: topics include recruiting correspondence, NCAA rules, dates, deadlines, standardized test schedules, unofficial visits, official visits, scholarships, and “Finding the right program” (Parents encouraged to attend)

3:30pm – Wrap up & awards
Summer Camp Sample Schedule

Day 1 (Haworth Golf Club)
8:00-8:30am – Arrive at Haworth, registration, and meet & greet
8:30am – Parent/Player Orientation, overview of camp (Outside patio)
8:45am – Instruction: range & short game, practice under pressure techniques
11:15am – Lunch, Rules test- 30 most broken rules in college golf, Nutrition
12:00pm – 9 Holes
3:30pm – Group putting drill- practicing as a team… (Putting Green)
4:00pm – Roundtable discussion on recruitment process: topics include recruiting correspondence, NCAA rules, dates, deadlines, standardized test schedules, unofficial visits, official visits, scholarships, and “Finding the right program” (Parents encouraged to attend)
*Activities subject to change based on weather or golf operations at host club.

Rich MuellerPGA Men's Golf Coach, Columbia University 
In 2017-2018, Rich Mueller begins his thirteenth season as the head men's golf coach at Columbia University and his 15th year as a head coach. Doubling as the director of golf, Mueller has quickly revamped the Lions' golf program into a prominent force within the Ivy League. In his tenure, he has been responsible for FIVE Ivy League Championships (four men, one women), two individual Ivy League Champions, five NCAA post-season appearances and 12 All-Ivy League Golfers. To date, Mueller's squad has never finished outside the top 3 in the conference championship.
In his highly successful first year with Columbia, the golf program won three tournaments and Mueller was honored as the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The men's team also posted its then-best finish at the Ivy League Championships since 1999, finishing a stroke behind Princeton for second place. In an interesting twist to the tournament's conclusion, on the final hole, on the final day in the final pairing, Mueller, unearthed a Princeton player's lost ball, which, if not found would have cost the Tigers their title. Sports Illustrated documented the gesture of sportsmanship in their May 2006 issue.
Mueller came to Columbia after spending five years as the head golf coach at New York University, where he led the program to its first two NCAA Championship appearances in 2004 and 2005. The Violets finished a best-ever 21st in 2005, after a 23rd-place finish in 2004. For his efforts, Mueller was named the University Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2004 and was selected as the Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2005 by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). 
Mueller's student-athletes have also succeeded away from the course. Thus far he has produced 12 GCAA Academic All-Americans and seven Academic All-Ivy League student-athletes. His team has also wom the GCAA's All-American Academic Team Award in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 that requires cumulative team GPA above a 3.2.
Mueller, a class A PGA professional, is also a member of the GCAA, USGA, and the AJGA. Additionally, he has served on the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee, GCAA All-America Scholar, NCAA Division III Men's Golf and the ECAC Division III men's golf committees. 
A 1999 graduate of NYU and a four-year member of the Violets' golf team, Mueller received the team's "Iron Horse" Award as a junior for his consistent play, and earned team MVP honors as a senior captain. He also received a master's degree in Higher Education administration from his alma mater in January 2005. 

Contact Us & Learn More
     To learn more about Coach Mueller, Columbia University and the Lions please visit:
               Rich Mueller
               (212) 854-9022 | (646) 265-6814