Bird Golf AcademyJanuary 18, 2017
Established in 1999 by former tour professional Jay Ewing, Bird Golf Academy in the United States is radically shifting the perception that golf coaching and instruction can be intimidating and restrictive. Providing an experience that is both rewarding and personalised to assist golfers with improving their game and fulfilling their potential as players, these Bird Golf Schools are now available in 21 locations throughout 11 states across America, offering prospective students with the best teachers amongst breathtaking surroundings.
Recognising that no two students are the same, Bird Golf School does not subscribe to a specific method or system, because each golfer is different with a variety of skills and requirements. It's their belief that there are many ways to successfully swing a golf club, dependent on the player.
With a vastly experienced staff of teaching professionals available, students can have their individual strengths and weaknesses diagnosed. This personalised service has helped to set Bird Golf apart from the rest, and ensures that all golfers will be placed on a permanent path to improvement, with these newly implemented lessons and thoughts being taken from practice onto the golf course.
For all that facilities and principles are important, the vital ingredient of what makes Bird Golf special are the superb teaching staff based across all sites in the United States. These professionals have all been PGA or LPGA members for a minimum of 20 years, with that remarkable experience ensuring that they're ideally placed to effectively work with all potential students.
These world-class professional golf instructors include an LPGA National Teacher of the Year, PGA Master Professionals, multiple award-winning PGA Professionals and winners of the U.S. Open, the LPGA Championship and various LPGA Tour events, as well as six members of various Golf Halls of Fame.
Some of the most notable names on staff include Bird Golf's founder and former tournament professional, Jay Ewing, 1963 U.S. Open winner Mary Mills, and LPGA tour legend Sandra Palmer, whose status adds a touch of sparkle to a remarkably tenured and knowledge group of instructors, which the School has described as being “ the finest staff of golf teaching professionals in the world .”
With 21 venues throughout 11 states, Bird Golf can call some of the world's finest and most highly regarded resorts as home. Several of the affiliated courses have been host to many significant events, including the LPGA's Samsung World Championship, Champions Tour tournaments, Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, and the LPGA Tour.
Bird Golf offers three stunning locations throughout the Grand Canyon State. The Phoenix school is situated within the beautiful Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. With stunning restaurants and spa, it's one of the most highly regarded golf destinations in the south west of the United States, and the on-site 36-hole Whirlwind Golf Club is equally respected having accumulated prestigious awards.
Elsewhere, and tucked within the beautiful Sedona mountain range, is the second Arizona Bird Golf school. USA Today memorably declared Sedona the most beautiful city in the country, and it's easy to see why with the breathtaking backdrop of the red rock aligned with the best instruction ensuring for an experience that would be difficult to match anywhere else.
Situated in Prescott, Stoneridge is the third golf school in the Copper State, and the course has been widely acclaimed by Golf Magazine as being among the best recently opened layouts to play. Like Sedona, this venue offers majestic views and excellent holes, and is conveniently only 90 minutes from Phoenix, which makes for ideal accessibility.
Bird Golf can call upon four golf schools based in the Golden State, with the first of them being situated just inland from the central coast. The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Santa Barbara offers a scenic and rustic setting that features two championship courses designed by Billy Bell, Jr.
For those who enjoy wildlife, the resort was originally a cattle ranch, and has maintained stables with more than 100 horses and riding programmes for visitors to enjoy. American bald eagles and other notable animals can also be spotted alongside the Alisal Lake, which makes it a special place.
Elsewhere, The Classic Club in Palm Springs is more of a desert oasis, situated only two hours from Los Angeles. Having been a host course of the PGA Tour's Bob Hope Classic, the venue consists of more than 30 acres of water features, bridges, and incredible views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Golfweek and Zagat have both identified The Classic Club as being among American's best courses, with the luxury Hyatt Grand Champions also recognised as one of California's leading premier hotels.
Designed by the late great Arnold Palmer, Hiddenbrooke Golf Club is sat alongside the Napa Valley and features both striking views and dramatic elevation changes over Wine County. Following the golf, relaxing at the Tuscan-inspired Meritage Resort and Spa is a delight, with the venue offering excellent spa treatments in addition to a 20,000-square foot wine cave and tasting bar.
Finally, the San Diego School is based at Rams Hill Golf Club, which is regarded as being one of the most spectacular in America, designed by the legendary Tom Fazio. Within a short journey of San Diego and Palm Springs, the accommodation partner is the luxury La Cassa del Zorro, which is rich in history and offers some mouth-watering dining options.
North and South Carolina
On the East Coast of the United States, Bird Golf has two distinct sites for their Carolinas schools, with the North Carolina venue based at the historic Pinehurst, which is considered the home of American golf, while the southern location at Myrtle Beach breathes tradition and the game's heritage.
There are two facilities in the north, with Foxfire Golf Resort and Club being designed by revered architect Gene Hamm, with 36-holes being sure to test even the most accomplished of games. The two courses vary in terms of difficult, with The Grey Fox being considered as one of the most challenging in the area, while The Red Fox is less punishing off the tee, but remains a strategic test with stunning backdrops on many of the holes adding to the sense of ambience.
Elsewhere, the Country Club of Whispering Pines also provides two contrasting layouts, with both courses being created by Ellis Maples, who was a student of the great Donald Ross. The Pines is the longer of the tracks, featuring wide fairways and many of the classic Pinehurst characteristics, while the beautiful River Course offers a somewhat different, but equally satisfying experience.
The Myrtle Beach golf schools are based at the stunning Wachesaw Plantation East, which is in the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet that is situated alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Based on the great links course of Scotland, the 18-holes have been designed in that manner, harkening back to the historic origins of the game.
Having been the recipient of several awards and accolades, the most recent being declared Myrtle Beach, “Golf Course of the Year” in 2007, Wachesaw Plantation East was granted Golf Digest's prestigious, four-star award in their “Places to Play” list and has been the host to the LPGA Tour on four occasions. Legendary golfer, Karrie Webb won both the 1987 and 1998 tournaments, the City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classics, ensuring that it's a tremendous experience for Golf Bird students.
Recognised for its famous mountains and elevations, Golf Bird reaches even greater heights with its two schools based in the Centennial State of Colorado. The most spectacular of which is Crested Butte, designed by Robert Trent Jones II and surrounded by peaks and striking pine and aspen forests.
Acclaimed by Mountain Golf Magazine as “one of the finest golf courses in the mountains, if not the entire country,” it's a truly magnificent setting to improve your game. With other amenities including tennis, aerobics and fitness centre, indoor pool, full service Spa and the popular Remi's restaurant, there is much to offer Golf Bird students, who will be staying at The Grand Lodge.
Green Valley Ranch Golf Club is the spectacular venue of the Denver Golf School, and is rated at a more than credible four stars by Golf Digest. Students will enjoy both courses, the 18-hole championship golf course and nine-hole par-three course, to work on their games, with the stunning setting blending into the Rocky Mountains, but crucially still being within proximity of the city.
Taking advantage of the excellent state-of-the-art practice facility, which features a panoramic range area and extensive chipping and putting greens, students could also use the official Titleist Regional Fitting Centre on-site at Green Valley, with welcoming accommodation to be found at nearby Hyatt Place, which offers immaculate rooms and a fine quality of service.
Bird Golf has five affiliated facilities in one of America's most notable golf states, which provide a subtropical climate enhanced by beaches, bays, and the unique Bermuda grass. The most recent addition to the portfolio of the Academy, Turnberry Isle Miami and Autograph Collection property, is a local landmark, which boasts two Championship courses, an array of amenities and a lush tropical setting make this the perfect place for your Florida golf school.
Also, situated in the southern half of the state, the Jack Nicklaus designed Club at Boca Pointe is one of the more exclusive schools, offering a stunning championship standard golf course, with accommodation and relaxation provided by the widely-regarded Waldorf Astoria Boca Resort, which combines to ensure for a stunning experience for those fortunate students.
Further west, Golf Bird can share a beautiful academy at the Old Corkscrew Golf Club, which was able created by the legendary 18-time major champion, and it's held to be one of his finest courses. Surrounded by towering oak, pine and cypress trees, the breathtaking layout opened for play in 2007 and quickly began to accrue many accolades. With accommodation provided at the luxurious Hyatt Coconut Point, this is what the Golf Bird Academy is all about.
Situated just a little north of Orlando you will find the wonderfully historic property at the Mission Inn Resort and Spa. This is home of two award-winning championship golf courses, with the scenic countryside providing a wonderful backdrop. Featuring a backdrop of the scenic countryside and as the recipient of numerous honours, Mission Inn is an ideal setting, with students also having the chance to enjoy the tennis facilities and to enjoy accommodation in the luxurious club suites.
Finally, Daytona Beach at The Shores Resort and Spa is the choice for any lover of the sand and sea, with the venue offering beautiful ocean views from the balcony after a brilliant day of golf at Pelican Bay, which has previously been a host of The Greater Daytona Beach PGA Senior Golf Classic.
Pelican Bay is a 36-hole championship complex, with the North and South Courses providing students with the ideal canvas to go about their teaching, with multiple practice greens and chipping greens on site. Evenings spent within the AAA 4-Diamond hotel will be fondly remembered, with a host of premier facilities and amenities ranking it among the finest you could hope to experience.
When it comes to golf, Georgia is unquestionably known as being the host state of the Masters Tournament from Augusta, but it's also home to a Golf Bird School. Jekyll Island has been named as one of Travel and Leisure's Best Hotels in the World, featuring 240 acres of riverfront grounds filled with lush gardens and breathtaking vistas, with luxury accommodation and dining options.
For prospective students, there are 63 holes of championship standard golf to choose from, with the Grand Dunes, the Oleander, Indian Mound and Pine Lakes courses combining to create a varied and idyllic setting to play and improve your game. Situated adjacent to Sea Island and St. Simons Islands, it's a wonderful area to explore and experience, with Jekyll Island at the centre.
The Bird Golf Academy has a base in the Midwest of the United States, and it is Minnesota's stunning Grand View Lodge Resort & Spa. This is not only the premier venue in the state, but among the finest to be found anywhere in the country, where visitors can sample the immaculate facilities in addition to the Glacial Waters Spa, which is a spiritually relaxing setting to sample.
In terms of the golf, students have unlimited access to The Pines and The Preserve golf courses. The Pines has received significant recognition through the years, having been the recipient of Golf Magazine's Silver Medal in addition to being rated by Golf Digest as Minnesota's only five-star course in 2002.
What's more, those with Bird Golf can practice in the private range area and take advantage of three separate putting greens with a complete short game practice area, which is all set among softly rolling hills amid the splendour of birch, maple and ash trees. It's a beautiful place.
Las Vegas is one of the most famous and iconic cities in the United States, and it's therefore fitting that Golf Bird has a presence in Nevada, based at the Paiute Golf Resort and its three Pete Dye courses, which are just a few miles from the legendary Strip.
The Wolf, which is the longest course in town, and is most celebrated for a stunning island green on the fifteenth hole, witnessed Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam marking the official opening some years ago, on Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, and shot 64 and 65 respectively in a classic match. Sun Mountain, which is the more playable and friendly layout, features sweeping slope changes, idyllic desert landscape and monstrous mountain backdrops. Snow Mountain, the oldest of the three boasts traditional Dye railroad-tie bunkers and water hazards, with four sets of tees ensuring for an enjoyable experience to all standards of golfers. There are also state of the art practice facilities.
After the golf, the luxurious JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa is an ideal venue to unwind and relax, providing a choice of six restaurants in addition to all the amenities you could hope for.
America's northeast also features a Golf Bird affiliated venue, with the historic Seaview Resort and Spa being the perfect location for a school. Resting amid 670 acres of pineland on the New Jersey Shore, Reed's Bay, and provides those lucky guests with spectacular views of the ocean.
Situated just outside Atlantic City, it's an ideal spot for golfers travelling from New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC, with the resort, a favourite of politicians and statesmen, having received several prestigious accolades, including being ranked third on Travel and Leisure's Golf Magazines' list of “World's Best Golf Resorts in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
The two championship golf courses are steeped in tradition, with The Bay having been designed by the legendary Donald Ross. It's a classic links-style course that meanders around Reed's Bay, with the ocean as a backdrop on many of its holes. This masterpiece is complemented by The Pines, which unsurprisingly, is heavily framed by impressive trees, contrasting with the more open layout.
Walking in the footsteps of champions like Sam Snead and Juli Inkster, Seaview is an incredible setting to experience, and idea for a Golf Bird School.
Home to Elvis Presley and much of the cultural identity of the past century, Tennessee is another state that features a Golf Bird Academy. Based at the superb Bear Trace Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, the facility is among the most highly regarded to recently emerge in the south, and its excellent practice areas are the ideal setting for golfers to hone their game.
Visiting students will enjoy the comfort of a suite at the Crossville Holiday Inn, conveniently located minutes from the course. The Holiday Inn is within minutes of Cumberland County Playhouse, Catoosa Wildlife Reserve, and several of Tennessee's other finest golf courses, not to mention being accessible from Nashville or Knoxville airport.
Bird Golf School offers three all-inclusive packages to prospective students, The Eagle (One Student/One Pro), The Champion (Two Students/One Pro) and The Buddy (Two Students/OnePro. Each of them provides private, individualised instruction from a PGA/LPGA Professional, resort accommodation, and unlimited use of the golf and practice facilities over a three, four or five-day period.
This is an individual format, where the student receives one on one tuition from their professional over each day, which will include a playing lesson over nine or eighteen holes, with access to the golf courses and practice facilities upon completion of the day's instruction.
This is for those enrolling as a twosome, and the pair will work alongside a Bird Golf Professional and share lodging. Each student will two hours of personal analysis and instruction each day, and then join their partner and coach for a full 18-hole playing lesson. Eight hours of tuition each day.
Like the Champion package, this is for those enrolling as a twosome, and the pair will work alongside a Bird Golf Professional and share lodging. Each student will enjoy personal analysis and instruction each day, and then join their partner and coach for a playing lesson over nine or eighteen holes. Overall, this accounts for six hours of tuition each day.