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Sports: Golf Camps

Edward Kiersh
From the Print Edition:
Groucho Marx, Spring 93

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That's McLean's special province--the competent golfers who are willing to work hard. And they do at his school, refining skills at the practice range, then playing the two courses with a team of instructors.

Another attraction of McLean's school is Doral's own version of a 19th hole, the sumptuous Saturnia International Spa. It's a deluxe destination devoted to stress management, nutrition and a panoply of therapies. After a week here, what with "de-stress" facials, imagery training and fitness programs, out-dueling the Blue Monster will only be one satisfaction. More critically, a graduate will again be ready to take on the world.

Rates for Saturnia and Doral Resort packages differ. Call either (305) 593-6030 or (305) 592-2000 for information. The Jim McLean/Doral Golf Learning Center also has two differently priced two- three- and five-day programs. For details and availability, call (305) 591-6409.


Customized to personal needs.

That's the chief allure of working with Carl Welty, the grandmaster of videotaping and adviser to the likes of Curtis Strange and Fred Couples.

A professional since 1965, Welty, 51, maintains that true learning only comes in intimate groups--private settings where teacher and student can effectively communicate.

"Here a golfer doesn't mix with other people on a range. A student and perhaps a buddy or two are the entire three-day school," boasts Welty, who's aided by one assistant/cameraman. "We don't try to work with loads of people, we want to personalize everything." That one-on-one instruction begins with the soft-spoken Welty playing six or seven holes with a student, videotaping the student's every move then analyzing that tape back at the practice center. As at Grand Cypress, this process could be traumatic to beginners, or lead them to pursue unrealistic goals. But Welty is an expert at massaging egos: a serene figure who can lower even the highest of handicaps.

He helps golfers do that by paying special attention to the short game, those always difficult sand and wedge shots. "I'll show a student Tom Kite hitting five or six sand shots, then I'll contrast that with the student's attempts, and again Kite's," explains Welty. "I have the largest videotape collection in the world, and this methodology gives the student positive examples. Plus, when he goes home, he gets a tape of all these contrasts so he has a chance for I00 percent retention."

Welty's approach has won high praise from students. Dr. William Northrup of the Minneapolis Heart Institute was so enamored with the school, he wrote Welty, "It was a privilege to have you as a teacher. I number you amongst the best teachers I have ever been exposed to. You possess all the great qualities of great teachers. It was amazing to watch you analyze my obviously enjoy stimulating and motivating students."

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