2001: World Golf Village adds teaching facility

St. Augustine, Fla.

The World Golf Village’s state-of-the-art teaching facility – a much-needed component to the 3-year-old complex – is slated to be up and running by the end of this month.

The PGA Tour Golf Academy debuted at the WGV in September, but its staff has been working out of temporary quarters on the grounds. The new 2,700-square-foot learning center includes office space for the instructors and two hitting stations where the swing can be captured on video from seven different angles. Adjoining the learning center are a practice tee for the exclusive use of Academy students, an expansive putting green and short game area.

The new digs will enable the academy staff to take advantage of the latest in video and swing analysis technology. The systems include ModelGolf, which compares the student’s swing with that of professionals, and GolfLogix, which measures performance characteristics such as launch angle and ball spin rate.

Lead instructor is Scott Sackett, 1997 teacher of the year in the PGA Southwest Section. Sackett is executive director of Phoenix-based Resort Golf Schools (which operates the academy), but lives in St. Augustine. Other full-timers on the staff are resident PGA Tour instructor Calvin Peete; director of schools Mike Lamanna; and master instructor Travis Fulton.

The PGA Tour Golf Academy offers two-day, three-day and five-day schools, and a variety of individual or customized programs. The schools range in price from $1,025 to $3,395 per person, depending on season and choice of accommodations. All golf schools include five hours of daily instruction; unlimited green fees after instruction; on-course training; video analysis; World Golf Village accommodations; most meals; cocktail parties with academy staff; and World Golf Hall of Fame and IMAX Theater tickets.

A sampling of other pricing includes $150 for a one-hour, one-on-one lesson with Sackett; $90 per hour with staff instructors; playing lessons (green fee not included) ranging from $100 per person in a group of three players for nine holes, to $375 for a one-on-one 18-hole session. A combination of three one-hour lessons and an 18-hole playing lesson ranges from $575 for one student to $405 each for three students. Through Feb. 28, the academy is offering a 20 percent discount on commuter rates.

–Dave Seanor

–For information about any of the PGA Tour Golf Academy programs, call 877-611-2411 or 904-522-0117, or visit www.wgv.com.

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