2002 Camps, Schools and Academies - A Work of Heart
A small, handmade wooden sign hangs discreetly from a closet door in an urban classroom. Adorned with an apple in one corner, the sign reads: Teaching is a Work of Heart.
When the 2002 golf season finally arrives in Michigan, hundreds, if not thousands, of golf professionals will attest to the truth of the statement made on that small sign in a kindergarten classroom in Grand Rapids. This states golf professionals love to teach and this summer will be doing so at countless camps, schools and academies. The work of art that results from their work of heart is - hopefully - an improved swing, fewer strokes and a greater appreciation for the game.
A students options are numerous and as varied as the spring weather in Michigan, but know this, for Michigans teaching golf professionals It is a Work of Heart.
Here is a brief look at some of your options:
Academy Golf Schools
The first Michigan stop of the season is slated for the week of April 29 at the Oaks and Park Inn International in St. Joseph. Three-day, two-night sessions with 10 hours of instruction range from $395-$550 while extended stays with up to 40 hours of instruction range from $650 to more than $1,000. The April week in St. Joseph will be available for $475.
Several schools of varying lengths, at various courses around the state, will be available this season.
Contact: (800) 677-2527.
The Super Five Golf Weeks, which ranged from $745-$845 last year, afforded the opportunity to play any or all of the Boyne courses. The six-day Junior Golf Academy was $650 last year. Contact: (800) GO-BOYNE or www.boyne.com.
New to the school this year is the addition of LPGA Tour player and Michigan native Elaine Crosby to the teaching staff. Crosby will be offering a series of six three-day schools exclusively for women. Featuring over 16 hours of instruction on and off the golf course, as well as two nights lodging, meals, a cocktail reception with Crosby and unlimited golf, the schools will be offered in addition to the more than 70 other sessions Dean and his staff of seven PGA pros will offer at the Thompsonville resort.
The addition of Elaine to our teaching staff really fine tunes the instructional offerings that we have at The Crystal Mountain Golf School, Dean said. We will be drawing upon Crosbys experience and course management expertise that comes from her 16 years on the Tour. Women wanting to seriously improve their game will learn a tremendous amount from Elaine, particularly in course management.
Dates of the camp are: May 26-28, May 31-June 2, June 7-9, June 19-21, June 21-23 and July 26-28. The cost of the camp is $949 per person, double occupancy.
Contact: (231) 378-2000 or www.crystalmtn.com.
Contact: (877) 4GARLAND or www.garlandusa.com.
Georgian Bay Golf Academy
Short-game and on-course instruction will be offered at the resorts Monterra Golf Club. The two-day junior camps, which last year were offered for $99, included six hours of instruction, a Future Links handbook, a bag tag, range balls, refreshments and daily prizes.
Contact: (705) 445-0231 or www.bluemountain.ca.
Indiana Golf Academy
A year ago the academy, which utilizes Mystic Hills as well as Pine View and Pond View Golf Courses, offered four-day, three-night programs that included unlimited golf, daily instruction with a student to teacher ration no greater than 4:1, video analysis and on-course training. Located in Indiana, this academys programs have opened earlier in the season than most of its Michigan counterparts.
Contact: (800) 972-9636 or www.indianagolfacademy.com.
Jim McLean Golf School
The Jim McLean Golf School, which will operate between May and September, offers private instruction; one- two- or three-day golf schools; corporate clinics and junior (12-17) golf weeks.
The Meadows at Grand Valley State University The site of last years NCAA Division II National Golf Championship and the site of this years NCAA womens finals, The Meadows has also hosted the renowned David Leadbetter Golf Academy. At press time, however, the facility had not yet renewed its agreement with the Leadbetter academy and its senior instructor, Scott Holden.
The Lady Lakers golf coach, Lori Stinson, has two camps scheduled exclusively for women this summer. A Ladies Weekend is scheduled for June 8-9 while the Girls Golf Camp is slated for June 23-27.
Contact: (616) 895-1004, (616) 895-3082 or www4.gvsu.edu/meadows
Mulligans Golf Center
Private or group lessons are available at a cost ranging from $35 for a single lesson to $320 for a series of eight lessons.
Contact: (248) 332-4653 or www.mulligansgolfcenter.com.
Nike Golf Schools
Our teaching priorities include golf as a game of fun, excitement and lifetime enjoyment, Hodgins said. We have designed the camps to be goal-oriented, which provides players of all ages and skill levels a positive learning environment.
Last years Nike Golf School schedule included week-long junior camps priced at $450 for commuters and $550 for residents. Adult weekend camps were priced at $395 or $495.
Contact: (800) 645-3226 or www.katkegolf.com/camps.
Jim Norgart Golf Academy
We will work with you to develop a personal plan to improve the flight of your golf ball, Norgart said. Well take you all the way up to the most critical moment of the swing impact.
A variety of sessions are available, at varying lengths and for players of any skill level.
Contact: (248) 343-3675 or www.jimnorgartgolfacademy.com.
Trevor Parkinson Golf School
We educate our students so that they understand their golf swing and the golf swing in general, making it easy to learn and make changes, said Kevin Riley, the Director of Teaching at the Trevor Parkinson Golf School. We guarantee to improve their golf swing.
Contact: (248) 608-9634 or www.trevorparkinson.com.
Partridge Creek Golf Center
Golf pro Chas Sarlund established a junior instruction program at The Hawk five years ago. In previous years it has met once each week for 10 weeks during the three summer months.
Contact: (810) 228-3030 or www.partridgecreek.com.
Red Fox Run
The academy offered at the course, located in Gwinn on the site of the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, will be offered this summer on July 17-19, July 31 August 2 which will be for women only, and Aug. 14-16. The cost of $225 per person includes daily instruction, 27 holes of golf, a continental breakfast each day, daily lunch, a personal video analysis and a gift package valued at $40.
Contact: (906) 346-7010 or www.redfoxrun.com.
Programs offered by the Rick Smith Golf Academy include: The Rick Smith Premier ($750), which is a four-hour session in which a players full swing is analyzed by Smith as well as Director of Instruction Henry Young; Personalized videos as well as a Rick Smith instruction video are included; the Henry Young Two Day Masters, the Henry Young Weekend Workshop and Three Day Classic. The Classic covers the full swing and aspects of the short game and provides on-course instruction.
Contact: (888) TREETOPS or www.treetops.com/ricksmith.
Tri-State University Golf Academy
The Tri-State Golf Academy is characterized by its commitment to personalized and individual instruction and care, said director Bill SanGiacomo. That commitment means limited enrollment, individual lessons following all clinics, catered meals, daily open play and a variety of amenities.
SanGiacomos staff includes four PGA pros, one LPGA pro, a sports psychologist and golf coaches. We regard our staff like family, SanGiacomo said. We invite our students to enjoy the dedication, friendliness and expert teaching which they possess.
Two weekend sessions, at a rate of $375, are scheduled for May 31-June 2 and June 28-30. Three day sessions, at $525, are slated for June 9-12 and June 16-19; and a five-day session, at $750, is scheduled for June 2-7. Boys pr grams, at a cost of $295 or $495, are scheduled for June 23-26, July 14-17, July 28-31 and July 7-12 and 21-26.
Contact: (219) 665-4203 or www.tristate.edu.
United States Golf Academy
The course matter discussed by the academy includes but is not limited to grip, stance, posture, ball positioning, the short game, trouble shots and course management. Video Analysis is included.
Contact: (800) 582-7539 or www.usgolfacademy.com.
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