was a bit taken aback when a mother came up to him recently and thanked him for operating his facility at Twin Brook Golf Center in Tinton Falls, N.J.
“She really didn’t have to thank me,” said Britton, director of instruction at Twin Brook and a former PGA Tour player. “But it was so nice to have such a positive response from someone who was thrilled to have somewhere to bring her kids. She said you can only take them to the beach and mall so often.”
A lot of people probably feel the same way as that thankful mom, for Twin Brook is indeed a unique, all inclusive practice facility that has a two-tired, heated driving range, a 1,500-square-foot bent grass putting green, an 18-hole putting course, a shag bag only practice area, a nine-hole, par-three golf course and even a bar and grill.
The Bill Britton Golf School has a dedicated staff of top notch teaching professionals that offer instruction to all levels of students aided by the latest video technology and swing analysis tools.
Also on site is custom club specialist Greg Rost and his CLUBDOC system, which uses state-of-the art methods to insure clients are playing golf clubs that are fit properly and utilize the best components of their swings.
Britton is in his second year of partnership with Pat Jordan in the Twin Brook facility. Jordan, a former head coach of the women’s golf teams at Rutgers and Monmouth universities, opened her own golf school Total Golf in 2001. She serves as director of golf schools at the center.
“I knew there was a golf school here but I wasn’t that familiar with it or with Pat,” said Britton, who played 16 years on the PGA Tour and won the 1989 Centel Classic and almost $2 million during his career. “She asked me to give a few lessons here a couple of winters ago and then asked me to join up. I was very impressed once I saw the school and had a chance to work with Pat, and pleasantly surprised when she asked me to partner with her in the business.”
Britton said the emphasis at Twin Brook is family fun.
“We get a lot of families coming here to enjoy the various aspects of the center. We get a lot of recreational golfers. Pat will work with the mothers and I’ll work with the fathers and the kids will take the clinics or attend the camps we offer. Having the covered heated stalls is a big plus because people can practice all year long.”
Twin Brook draws primarily from the surrounding area, although serious golfers will travel miles to take lessons at the golf school, Britton said.
“We have just added a couple of great teaching pros to the golf school,” said Britton. “Rob DeSezo played at Seton Hall and taught at private clubs in the area, and Chris Vinci was a senior instructor at the Dave Pelz golf schools. We’re thrilled to have them the staff.”
Britton worked eight years for famed instructor Jim Mclean and was co-head professional and master instructor at the Jim Mclean Golf School at Doral Country Club in Miami, Fla. Jordan also has an impressive resume in addition to her head coaching stints. After serving an apprenticeship with the New England PGA, she worked at the Kittansett Club and Winchester Country Club in Massachusetts prior to landing an assistant coaching position at Rutgers while attending graduate school there.
Said Britton, “I tried for the Champions Tour a few years back but didn’t make it. I’m happy doing what I’m doing and I compete in some of the local pro-ams to keep my hand in the game as a player.”
The main attractions at Twin Brook are its range, par-three course and shag bag area. The driving range has 40 covered stalls with heat on the bottom level. Mats and golf balls are top quality with the practice balls made by Srixon.
The golf course is no pitch and putt. The holes range in distance from 100 to 180 yards and sloping greens test your short game and allow beginners a regulation course experience.
Twin Brook is one of a small number of public facilities that provides golfers an opportunity to practice putting, chipping and bunker shots. The shag bag only area has grass tees, a practice bunker and a practice chipping green. The area, which was designed with the serious golfer in mind, has a new irrigation system and is monitored closely to insure a quality practice session.
In addition, the putting course is a great place for the kids to test out the game and older golfers to join in the fun and hone their skills. A bent grass putting green is another great place to work with the flat stick.
Twin Brook’s 19th Hole offers meals and a perfect place to hold a party or special event. Britton said the grill and bar attracts golfers and non-golfers alike who enjoy outdoor barbecues and simply relaxing under the big tent or on the umbrella tables during the summer months.For further information about Twin Brook Golf Center and the Bill Britton Golf School, call 732-922-1600 or visit www.billbrittongolfschool.com