Sports: Golf Camps
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Groucho Marx, Spring 93
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The instruction here is constant: three full days at various chipping greens and practice holes. Senior Tour pro Phil Rodgers frequently appears to lend a personal touch to the activities. Yet there's invariably more work in front of a video screen as this program reduces everything to a science, even the time-honored "feel" of the putting stroke.
Escaping the microseconds and digitized dazzle is possible. Along with 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf, this widely acclaimed 1500-acre resort offers numerous creature comforts, including ,a racquet club, horseback riding and inviting Mediterranean-style villas.
But the most distinctive feature here is still the Stickman. You either graduate with a new appreciation for science, or shake your head despairingly, thinking it's all Mickey Mouse.
Three days at Grand Cypress including accommodations, lunch and four hours of instruction per day is $1520 for one person, $2530 for two.
The same package with eight hours of daily instruction is $2170 for an individual, $3830 for two.
Call (407) 239-1975 for more information.
THE DORAL RESORT AND GOLF LEARNING CENTER
Here Beauty and the Beast reign.
Always bedeviling, there is the internationally celebrated Blue Monster course. An adventure at 6,939 yards, it's known for treacherous water holes, and is one of five courses at this 2400-acre pleasure oasis.
Then there's Jim McLean, one of those rare instructors who's more concerned with teaching than in marketing himself. He's worked with such PGA Tour stars as Steve Elkington, Tom Kite and Peter Jacobsen. But touting an "individually oriented approach without any absolutes," he also helps the average golfers tame their monsters.
"Along with my eight instructors, I work real hard on an athletic move, a sequence of motion that's a shift, rotation, hit idea," says McLean, who in his five-day ($2250) program offers a highly desirable three to one, student to teacher ratio. "But I don't just focus on the full swing. The short game, mental attitude and course management skills are equally vital. It's a self-realization approach, one that gives students strategy and confidence to reduce ten to 20 handicaps to a single digit.
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