Golf is a fantastic sport that can be enjoyed by both young and mature players male and female. Many of us have played crazy golf or had a go at pitch and putt for fun and most would like to become proficient and take the game of golf a little more seriously. Here we take a look at some of the best golfing schools and academies throughout the UK where players can take lessons. Maybe one day you will be a golfing champion!
Lee Westwood Golf Academy
The Lee Westwood Golf School is a family run business that incorporates education with golf so that students can attain the highest level in training for both golf and other academic subjects. There are three golf schools run by Lee Westwood staff which are located in Cheshire, Essex and soon to be Florida too! (The location addresses are as below). Lee Westwood is a champion golfer of high standing that golf students would surely love to emulate!
There are a number of coaching plans offered at Lee Westwood Golf Schools namely:
- » English and Golf with Residential Option for those age 10 years and over held Monday to Friday learning English Language along with golf
- » 2 Year BTEC full time course for those age 16 years and over incorporating education with learning to play golf
- » Elite Junior Training Camp with Residential Option for those age 14 to 18 years. Held over 5 days, while golfers must have a handicap of 18 or below
- » Golf Performance Year for those age 18 plus that is a golf only programme for those coming out of academic education
- » Build Your Own Golf/Education Programme for individuals or groups
- » Individual Coaching on a One to One Basis tailored to the needs of the golfing student
Further information regarding courses may be found at the website. Contact details for Cheshire are as follows:
- » Lee Westwood Golf School
- » Head Office
- » Macdonald Portal Hotel
- » Golf & Spa
- » Cobblers Cross Lane
- » Tarporley
- » Cheshire
- » CW6 ODJ
- » Tele 0844 879 3467
Contact details for Essex are as follows:
- » Lee Westwood Golf School
- » Stoke by Nayland Hotel and Spa
- » Keepers Lane
- » Leavenheath
- » Colchester
- » Essex
- » CO6 4PZ
- » Tele 01206 265 834
David Leadbetter Golf Academy
David Leadbetter has over twenty golf academies worldwide with two academies in the UK located in Leeds and the North East close to Hartlepool. The academies are manned by qualified instructors on both sites, while golfers are assured of golfing excellence when it comes to learning how to play here. Leadbetter himself is of UK origin, is a proficient player and is renowned for coaching excellence by his peers.
The Leadbetter Golfing Academy in Hartlepool is located at Wynyard Golf Club on the beautiful Wynyard Estate that stands in amazing countryside with rolling hills and magnificent woodland and scenery. Academy features include:
- » Multiple putting greens and pitching stations
- » 7000 yard championship course
- » Double sided driving range
- » Covered teaching bays
- » Mental and physical conditioning
- » Short game practice area
- » State of the art video technology
The Leeds Academy is located between Leeds and Harrogate in West Yorkshire in the village of Shadwell. Leeds offers a pay and play option which attracts many golfers and with updated facilities is recognised as one of the top academies in the area.
Leadbetter academies offer a range of coaching options to suit all ages and abilities. Lessons offered include:
- » One to one lessons working on all aspects of the game
- » Full day private lessons
- » One two or three day mini schools
- » Two or three day retreats
- » Specialist programmes include professional on course coaching, mental toughness and fluid motion factor
Further information may be found at the website, while contact details are as follows:
- » Wynyard Golf Club
- » Cleveland
- » TS22 5QJ
- » Tel +44 (0) 1740 644 612
The Leeds academy contact details are
- » Leeds Golf Centre
- » Wike Ridge Lane
- » Shadwell
- » Leeds
- » LS17 9JW
- » Tele +44 (0)113 288 6000
St Andrews Links
St Andrews in Scotland is possibly one of the most famous golf clubs on the planet as it plays host to many major golfing tournaments year on year. Their golf academy is a short stroll from Eden Clubhouse and offers world class golfing instruction to all ages and abilities. All golf instructors are qualified to PGA standard, while features of the academy include:
- » Sixty flood lit bays
- » World class tuition
- » State of the art technology
- » Twenty two indoor bays
- » Short Game area
The club also offers a practice range where juniors and seniors can hone their golf swing. The academy offers two schools one for adults, one for juniors and a custom fitting service to ensure golfers play with the equipment best suited to them.
Adults whether seasoned players or new to the game can play here. All lessons are tailored to the player's ability with professional advice meted out in a friendly atmosphere. Courses come in One Day, Three Day and Five Day courses ranging in price accordingly. Full details of prices and dates can be found at the website.
The same type of coaching applies to juniors as it does to adults in that lessons are tailored to the ability of the player. Working on technique St Andrew's coaches hope to hone the skills of juniors as they practice and grow. Games and competitions are also included in the itinerary in order to make golf practice fun for kids too! Three and two day courses are available, while summer golf schools are an excellent way to encourage kids who are interested in the sport.
- » St Andrews Links Golf Academy
- » Links Clubhouse & Swilcan Restaurant
- » Old, New & Jubilee Courses
- » West Sands
- » St Andrews
- » KY16 9XL
Contact for the Eden Clubhouse is as follows
- » Eden Clubhouse
- » Eden Strathtyrum and Balgove Courses
- » St Andrews
- » KY16 9SF
The Castle Course address is:
- » The Castle Course
- » St Andrews
- » KY16 8PL
To book a course call +44 (0)1334 466 718
The Belfry Golf Academy
The Belfry Hotel and Resort is located in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands and plays host to a fabulous golf academy as part of the resorts facilities. This PGA branded golf academy is a centre of excellence that offers expert tuition and guidance for those who wish to hone their golfing skills. Set in rolling countryside the Belfry is an amazing place where golfers can book a break and incorporate golfing into their holiday.
Golfers at the Belfry
The Belfry offers facilities that are second to none and membership includes preferential ball rate, green fee discount, 10% off food, drinks and golf retail and access to members only group events. Club facilities include:
- » Video analysis and launch monitor technology
- » Individual or group junior tuition
- » Floodlit driving range with thirty four bays
- » Putting Green and short game area
- » Custom fitted suites with ultra-modern equipment
There are various tuition packages available depending on what it is that you require from your golfing experience. These include
- » Academy Experience offering a full day of coaching
- » Half day schools offering 3 hours coaching for 4 people
- » After school and weekend junior group lessons
- » One or two day Junior academy schools run during school holidays
- » The Brabazon Experience involves practising on the famous Brabazon Golf Course
Contact details are as follows
- » The Belfry Hotel & Resort
- » Lichfield Road
- » Wishaw
- » Sutton Coldfield
- » West Midlands
- » B76 9PR
- » Tele 0844 980 0600
First Degree Golf Academy
First Degree Golf Academy can be found at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire and offers golf lessons for players of all ages and abilities. There is a top online platform associated with the academy where pupils can keep in touch and gain from other players experiences. Those who choose to become a member of the academy will benefit from offers and perks such as 20% off coaching sessions, while also receiving first class coaching in spectacular surroundings.
A golfer Practicing
Lessons are available here for both adults and juniors, while golfing facilities at Moor Park are second to none and include:
- » Championship golf course of 36 holes
- » 18 hole putting green
- » Chipping and pitching green plus bunkers
- » All weather covered driving range with 3 bays
- » Indoor golf performance studio
- » Double ended grass driving range
- » Specialist equipment to improve your game
There are a range of lessons available to adults including single, group, bulk purchase packages, equipment optimisation services and 360 degrees performance programmes. There are six session packages, ten lesson packages plus forty five minute coaching sessions available.
Kids are well catered for at First Degree with a range of options to suit all needs. Summer camps are available for children from the age of four years to eleven years, there are after school clubs, a junior academy programme for age four up to seventeen and girls golf social squads. Kids who train here will take part in many sporty exercises such as running, jumping, skipping using all kinds of equipment. Learning to play golf is an all-round activity at First Degree.
Online booking is available through the website and the club organises many trips and events throughout the year. Becoming part of First Degree is really an all-round experience for both adults and children alike.
- » First Degree Golf
- » Moor Park Golf Club
- » Rickmansworth
- » Hertfordshire
- » WD3 1QN
- » Tele 01923 774 113
Paul Foston Golf Academy
Paul Foston is one of the UK's top golfing coaches who have helped players reach the dizzy heights of European tours and a Ryder Cup entry. The academy is set in rural Kent close to Smarden in Studio 2 where state of the art equipment and superb course design makes this academy second to none! The course is very private offering seclusion for those who like to get away from life's hustle and bustle and offers coaching for beginners through to the more experienced golfer.
Facilities at the academy are amazing offering
- » A superb short game area with 18 square foot chipping green
- » Natural hazards such as trees, bunkers, streams
- » A two tier green
- » 90 square foot putting green
- » Plasma screen with instant feedback for video analysis
- » Plane Swing equipment for player development
Courses are available for beginners, intermediates and advanced players with course lengths 2, 3, 4 and 5 days.
Beginners will concentrate on aim, grip, stance, posture and alignment, while developing their golf swing. They will also learn the art of chipping, putting, pitching and bunker play. Beginners will also learn the rules of the game and game etiquette.
Intermediates and Advanced Players
These players will be assessed in order to ascertain at what level their game is set. This helps to design a plan of teaching to suit their level of needs. They will also have the opportunity to play on a championship golf course, while developing short game technique plus how to maximise power to add yards to their shot.
Price lists and times are available from the website plus details regarding the indoor academy that is set in a converted barn, while further innovative training aids featured at the academy includes the Indoor Huxley Modular Green.
- » Paul Foston Golf Academy
- » Studio 2
- » Chessenden lane
- » Smarden
- » TN27 8NF
- » Tele 01233 770 067
Mid Wales Golf Academy
Mid Wales Golf Academy is run by Andy Humphreys who has been delivering both junior and senior golf coaching throughout Wales for years and is very well qualified to do so as he is a PGA 3 level three graduate. There is a superb range of golf courses for players to participate in here, while Mid Wales Golf Academy offers coaching for people of all ages and abilities.
Coaching offered at the academy covers all aspects of golfing with lessons available throughout Mid Wales and Montgomeryshire. Features of their coaching programmes include:
- » 45 minute one to one sessions
- » 2 hour playing lesson of 9 holes
- » Group lessons for 2 to 4 players
- » Distance and equipment checks
- » Junior evening sessions from 4-30pm to 6-30pm Monday to Saturday at Newtown Golf Club
- » Learn to play in a day sessions with own groups catered for covering all aspects of golf
- » Fitness for Golf sessions to ensure players are physically fit to play. These sessions cover flexibility and control, strength and conditioning and three dimensional movement patterns.
Once players join the academy they will undergo an assessment to ascertain as to what level they are playing at. This way lessons are tailored to an individual's needs rather than opting for a blanket one lesson fits all type of coaching. There are seven golf clubs in Montgomeryshire to choose from, while there are twelve lessons offered throughout the year. Further details can be found at the Mid Wales Golf Academy Website.
- » Mid Wales Golf Academy
- » Tele 07921 817 187
- » Tele Andy 07931 215 405
East Midlands Golf Academy
East Midlands Golf Academy is located in Derbyshire and caters for juniors and beginners to the game right through to those who have more experience. With expert qualified coaches headed by academy director James Whatley this fabulous club is the number one choice for those wishing to learn the game in the Derbyshire area.
East Midlands Golf Academy offers a wide range of packages for players to choose from including
Those taking up golf for the first time will find the clubs beginners programme ideal. The next four week course begins on the 9th or 10th January 2016 at 10am and costs £40.00. Christmas vouchers available from the club may be used towards payment of a beginner's course. Further courses follow in April 2016.
Advanced programmes are available under this banner along with half and full day packages for individuals or groups of up to three people.
Beginner's courses specifically for the ladies cost £40.00 for a six week course with a professional coach. Equipment is provided and course dates can be found at the website.
Coaching for juniors is offered at the club and includes:
- » Weekend group coaching
- » One to one coaching
- » Junior fun days
Those who feel that their putting skills are letting them down may wish to enrol for the academy putting course that will help to hone and improve their putting skills.
Morley Hayes Hotel Room
Why not combine your golfing practice with a break in the superb Morley Hayes 4 star hotel. Golfing professionals are on site to guide and teach golfers, while this fabulous hotel offers outstanding facilities.
Parking and Transport
Morley Hayes is around five miles north east of Derby with a shuttle service to the complex from the airport and the train station. Buses run every fifteen minutes from Derby centre, while the golf course and hotel sits just off the A608. Contact details are as follows:
- » East Midlands Golf Academy
- » Morley Hayes
- » Main Road
- » Morley
- » Derbyshire
- » DE7 6DG
- » Tele 01332 782004
Palmerston Golf Academy
Palmerston Golf Academy is located at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire at their exclusive golf club on the banks of Broadwater Lake which is an amazing setting! The club offers professional coaching lead by professional coaches with one coach of twenty five years' experience. The second coach has been teaching since 2010 and has taught golf in over seventy schools!
One to One
One to one coaching is offered with both professionals ranging in lengths of thirty minutes, sixty minutes, two hours, half day and full day.
- » The start golf programme enables players to learn how to play golf in a fun way. It is an 18 week programmes that includes the use of equipment and access to academy practice.
- » Flex move and be loose classes are offered on a one to one basis or as group sessions. Each participant is assessed to ensure their needs are tailored to them so their golf swing will improve to the highest standard.
Junior golfing here starts with three categories namely Start, Learn and Play. Learning to play golf on a golf course is an integral part of the programme. Fun days run from Easter to October on Fridays during the school holidays, while three day golf camps are also organised during the school holidays too. Roll up sessions where kids can try out golf before making a commitment take place on Wednesdays from 4-30pm to 5-30pm after school.
Brocket Hall and the Palmerston Golf Academy are located just 22 miles from London. AL8 7XG is the postcode to use for sat-nav purposes, while exits from the motorways are as follows:
- » Junction 4 of the A1 M
- » Junction 10 of the M1
- » Junction 23 of the M25
Visitors can catch the Welwyn Garden City train from Kings Cross that run every twenty minutes.
- » Palmerston Golf Academy
- » Brocket Hall
- » Welwyn
- » Hertfordshire
- » AL8 7XG
- » Tele 01707 368 700
Residential golf holidays are also offered at the complex.
East Sussex Golf Academy
East Sussex Golf Academy is located in Uckfield East Sussex and offers some of the best golfing facilities in the UK and Europe for players to enjoy. The club boasts two PGA qualified coaches, while membership of the club means players are privy to some brilliant perks. Juniors and adults are catered for here with a whole range of sessions available. Let's take a look what this superb golf has to offer players.
Lessons range in length and substance depending on what a player requires. Types of lessons offered include:
- » One half hour lesson
- » Two hour playing lesson
- » Series of six and a half hour lessons
- » Series of twelve and a half hour lessons
- » One hour video analysis
- » One hour junior lesson
- » Series of six and a half hour junior lessons
The advantages of becoming a club member include use of all the club facilities such as the bar area and golfing lessons and sessions. The club boasts a three hole practice course along with two championship courses. Further perks include:
- » Six half hour lessons with video analysis
- » Quality golf balls
- » Driving range with covered bays
- » Bunkers, putting, pitching and chipping areas
- » One week group clinic
Transport and Parking
The club is located thirty minutes' drive from Brighton and the Sat Nav postcode is TN22 5ES, while the course sits just off the A26. Uckfield train station is just two miles from the golf course as is the bus station.
- » East Sussex Golf Academy
- » Little Horsted
- » Uckfield
- » East Sussex
- » TN22 5ES
- » Tele 01825 880088
Peter Cowen Golf Academy
Peter Cowen is regarded to be one of Europe's best golf coaches, while his prestigious golf academy is located in Rotherham South Yorkshire. Cowen has tutored and coached many golf professionals that have gone on to become golfing champions! Juniors and adults alike are welcome at the academy with a great range of lessons and sessions available to both. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golf player it is well worth considering Peter Cowen Golf Academy if you live in the South Yorkshire area.
This superb golf academy offers a thirty two bay floodlit driving range, all weather short game area, pitching area, nine hole mini golf, tuition from qualified coaches, while the club opens seven days a week. Structured coaching sessions and lessons are available, while the club is often visited by some of the world's leading golf players. This academy is also part of the PCGA Junior Tour. More information and entry forms are available at the website.
The academy also offers social activities with various events organised throughout the year. These include the Junior Tour Presentation Night on 27th November and the academy Christmas party on December 22nd.
The postcode for sat-nav purposes is S61 2SJ with the club located just off the A629 Wortley Road. Contact details for the club are as follows:
- » Peter Cowen Golf Academy
- » Upper Wortley Road
- » Rotherham
- » South Yorkshire
- » S61 2SJ
- » Tele 01709 555 999