New England has some of the finest--and most scenic--golf schools in the country.
What better way to learn the game properly, finally break 100, or beat your golf buddies consistently than to visit one of these very special schools this summer or fall?
Modestly priced, New England’s top golf schools offer instruction from certified PGA professionals, superb facilities, wonderful golf courses and accommodations, dinning areas and amenities that will help you unwind in style after a tough day on the practice range.
The Cranwell Golf School in Lenox, Massachusetts is renowned for its expansive and all-encompassing teaching facility. The school allows students use of a 60-acre instructional complex that has several practice holes. The centerpiece of the school is a 10,000-square-foot indoor learning center, the largest in the Northeast.
Among the features of the school are rooms for computerized video review, a state-of-the-art filming station, classrooms, covered hitting bays so you can learn and enjoy in all kinds of weather, and an outdoor deck with wooded views.
The Cranwell Golf School is offering a new, flexible instruction program under the direction of a PGA professional. Daily classes are being offered in convenient two- and four-hour morning and afternoon sessions.
Once you’ve refined your swing, you are invited to play Cranwell’s delightful course, designed by Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek and first opened in 1926.
Stratton Mountain in Stratton Mountain, Vermont offers its highly unique Golf University that has been popular for beginners and advanced players alike. Founded in 1969 by Arnold Palmer, Stratton Golf University includes intensive specialty sessions to help players address singular aspects of the game, as well as sequential courses that allow the student to return to the University and build upon previous visits.
Specialty electives include women’s golf, corporate golf, and a play-with-a-pro program, while core programs include two and three-day sessions and a comprehensive one-day session that offers six hours of customized instruction in a group setting, video swing analysis, an instruction book, a complimentary round of golf after the session and breakfast and lunch daily. These offerings are also included in the two-and three-day core sessions.
To top it all off, Stratton’s 22-acre practice and learning facility is set against a scintillating mountain backdrop.
You’ve got to check out the Guaranteed Performance School of Golf at the Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, Maine. The program “guarantees” results and features personalized, on-course instruction from a PGA pro, a three-to-one student/teacher ratio, enhanced digital analysis and a teaching manual, resort accommodations, three meals, a welcome cocktail reception, unlimited golf with cart and range usage, unlimited use of the resort facilities and golf practice range, as well as all taxes and gratuities. The resort calls the school one of the most affordable in New England. Bethel’s golf course is a superb layout that is approachable for players of all levels.
The Golf School at Stow Acres Country Club in Stow, Mass. is conducted at an award-winning facility that offers top notch PGA instruction in a relaxing environment. The club has a large practice facility that has an area dedicated for members of the Golf School.
The staff at Stow Acres has designed programs that allow visitors to fit instruction into their schedules in an easy manner. One of the most interesting offerings is the Progressive Tee Program.
Available on Stow’s South Course, the program stretches the layout from 1,800 yards to 5,412 yards as a student progresses through each level of instruction ands mastery. Multiple sets of tees are coded to match a player’s skills, with each student given a color that corresponds to his or her ability. Instructors evaluate progress and set goals as well as take each student through proper practice habits. When certain skills are attained, the student is given a booklet for the next level and informed of the skill requirements that must be met in order to move to another tee. Skill assessments are scheduled on a regular basis.
Stow Acres also has programs ranging from introductory classes to a parent-child school that allows an entire family to learn the game under professional guidance
The Original Golf School at Mount Snow in West Dover, Vt. was one of the first golf schools in the U.S. Since 1978, some 85,000 students have passed through the school, and the staff is constantly tweaking its curriculum to meet the demands of its audience.
A two-day session at Mount Snow includes a welcome cocktail party with the golf school staff, personal and group instruction that works on the full swing, putting and the short game, ball flight and swing analysis, a DVD and professional swing analysis using state-of-the-art video technology, personalized club fitting employing the Nike Golf 360 Degree fitting system, unlimited use of the practice areas, lunch daily, a $20 pro shop voucher, a one-on-one review with a golf pro and on-going email communication with a pro throughout the season.
A three-day session includes all of the above plus five more hours of personal and group instruction, and detailed instruction on course management and how to adjust to different course conditions.
Also highly popular are the Nike Junior Overnight Camp for children ages 10 to 18 and the Nike Parent/Child Schools, which have proven ideal for parents and their children to bond in a relaxed environment and learn the joys of the game under the supervision and direction of a skilled staff.