AVENTURA, Fla. – The Fairmont Turnberry Isle took another step toward upgrading its training facilities for serious golfers with the announcement that it had partnered with Bill Forrest, the 2006 PGA of America Teacher of the Year, to open a golf school.
Forrest, director of instruction at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., will provide instruction on a monthly basis. Turnberry Isle’s THEgolfacademy, which borrows its names from Forrest’s existing golf school, will focus on the “building blocks” of Forrest’s teaching: ball striking, management, short game and the mental side of golf.
Gary Knapp, a former South Florida PGA teacher of the year, will oversee daily operations. Other instructors include Christina Trammell and Hiro Suzuki, Turnberry Isle’s resident professional.
The golf school complements the resort’s new fitness program led by Pete Bommarito of Bommarito Performance Systems and Dr. Matthew Cooper, president of USA Sports Therapy.
The Fairmont Turnberry Isle, a 300-acre property, is home to two golf courses, 392 guest rooms and suites, the Willow Stream Spa, and noted chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak restaurant.