Old-School Golf Instruction Gives Way to New Techniques that Can Teach You Even if You're Not Ben Hogan
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JIM MCLEAN GOLF SCHOOLS Home base is Miami's Doral Resort & Spa. Additional locations include PGA West and La Quinta, Ca.; Grand Traverse Resort, Mich.; and satellite locations at Mariners Point, Ca. (near San Francisco), Ariz., Weston Hills CC in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Mexico City. Offers one-day school with no lodging ($595, $1,150 for signature school), two-day resort school ($1,275$1,615 double occupancy, $2,795 signature), three-day resort school ($2,200$2,485, $3,710 signature), four-day half-day resort school ($2,150$2,630), six-day Ultimate Signature resort school ($5,565$5,685), two-day power or two-day short game resort schools ($1,275$1,565) and other specialty schools. 800-723-6725, www.JimMcLean.com.
DAVID LEADBETTER GOLF ACADEMY Moving from Lake Nona to Champion's Gate, both near Orlando. Numerous locations internationally. North American schools include Naples, Fla., Palm Springs, Ca., Bradenton, Fla., and Jamaica. Also operates a junior academy. Focuses on shorter schools, from half-day sessions ($295) to three-day and five-day half-day schools ($850-$1,400), and has a two-day full-day retreat ($1,500). Leadbetter offers a variety of one-on-one programs $(1,500$2,000). 888-633-LEAD, www.leadbetter.com.
PINEHURST ADVANTAGE GOLF SCHOOL Programs offered from the spring to fall. All packages include lodging at the Pinehurst resort and most include golf on the resorts' fabled courses. Three-day weekend schools ($1,370$1,750 double occupancy). Four-day school ($1,760$2,150 double occupancy). Weekend and four-day morning-only schools, with afternoons left to play on your own ($1,100$1,400). 800-795-4653 ext. 5, www.Pinehurst.com.
THE DAVE PELZ SCORING GAME SCHOOL Two places in the country offer Pelz school with full-swing schools, all in one week: Boca Raton Resort and Club, with Nicklaus Flick (888-495-BOCA, www.bocaresort.com); and PGA West and the La Quinta, with Jim McLean Golf Schools (800-598-3828, www.laquintaresort.com).
RICK SMITH GOLF ACADEMY Main location is Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan. Others include Tiburon, Ca., Naples, Fla. and Verona, N.Y. Except for commuter courses, all programs include instruction, meals, lodging and a daily round of golf at the resort. Options range from a four-hour, four-student signature course with Rick Smith ($750, commuter) to a three-day, full-day school ($1,615 package). 800-444-6711, www.ricksmith.com.
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