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Sports: Golf Camps

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

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Welty is an apostle of visualization, the sports psychology theory of success that encourages adherents to imagine positive results. And the recently refurbished La Costa Resort is certainly conducive to pleasant visions, offering an inviting spa, private residences, seven restaurants and nightly entertainment.

Instruction is also a bargain. While most schools cater to flocks of students, and charge well over $2,000, this program is $1,800 for three days or $900 per person if two buddies decide to split the bill.

Reservations for the school can be secured by calling (619) 438-9111 or (800) 653-7888.


First, the negatives.

This school teaches more than 10,000 students a year, and dozens of people are usually poised on a driving range, hitting balls until their hands and bodies ache.

Affable instructors try to personalize the back to basics teaching, but the school's general approach is assembly line. Groups of golfers practice the full swing, chipping or putting for an allotted time, then each group moves to a different activity. Soon, it's time to switch again, to make yet another transition.

But operating at attractive resorts nationwide, John Jacobs does give students a wide range of getaway choices, and a golf school can be a time to enjoy more than lessons. Whether it's at a seaside retreat or within driving distance of the Colorado Rockies, the school does have value, focusing on the inarguable ABC's of posture, club head path and angle of contact.

Craig Bunker, one of the school's roving instructors, is another big plus. He tirelessly stalks the driving range, offering suggestions. A teacher for two decades, he'll cure your slice.

"Craig is a real solid guy, a no-nonsense pro," says student Frank Brennan, a broker with New York's Cantor and Fitzgerald. "But the school is primarily for beginners." For information and reservations, call (800) 472-5007.

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