I took a much needed vacation and was unable to get this Earth Day Golf Tournament information posted sooner. If you are available and interested call (561) 966-7044. The tournament will be played at Park Ridge Golf Course on Monday, April 22, 2019.
If you are new to golf you may be wondering if you should start with a group lesson or a private lesson. Both are great options. If you are social and want to make some golf friends while learning then a group lesson is for you. I have been teaching a Ladies Group Class for over a year now and it is a lot of fun not only for me but for the ladies. They not only learn golf together but they laugh together and of course they challenge each other when they play on the course together.
Group lessons are also a great way to introduce children to golf. I teach a number of the junior classes that are offered at Okeeheelee Golf Course on Saturday as well as the Homeschool Group Golf on Tuesday at Park Ridge and I have found that most kids who try, stick with it because they get better each week.
When I teach in a group setting, I provide instructions to the group as a whole but then I do my best to provide individual feedback to each student. At times, I notice some real talent and I may speak to the parent about adding a private lesson to their schedule. During a private lesson, I can provide specific coaching based on the student's abilities but it is more costly than a series of group lessons. The additional cost does come with the added benefit of a faster progression of learning.
Many of my junior students participate in a weekly group class and schedule private lessons on a regular basis. If the junior has aspirations of playing to earn a college scholarship, private lessons are always beneficial. As for my adult students, most prefer private lessons.
In my mind, how you get started with golf is not important, making the choice to get started is the real decision. Everything else will fall into place the way it should. Please reach out to me if you have specific questions or concerns.
Student: "I'd like to buy a lesson package and book you for 10 days straight,"
My response: "Absolutely not."
During a 60-minute golf lesson, I spend time talking to my students and coaching them through various elements of their game. It is very personalized and I do my best to share concepts in a manner that they can duplicate when they are practicing at home or at the driving range in between lessons.
Practice is fundamental for any golfer and very important if you are a beginner or trying to improve some aspect of your overall game. So when a student requests lessons with me on a daily basis, I have to ask when exactly are they going to practice what they just learned. I firmly believe that my students learn the most when they practice and I have seen evidence of that when I receive the texts during the week about their progress or their struggles.
While it is easy for me to sell the package and book the lessons, I prefer for my students to grow as a golfer and practice before their next lesson.
The Honda Classic is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour at PGA National Resort & Spa Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens. Tour professionals will visit our area February 25 - March 3, 2019 to not only play golf but to raise money for South Florida charities including the JGFA (Junior Golf Foundation of America). DISCOUNTED tickets to attend The Honda Classic are available at Okeeheelee and Park Ridge Golf Courses.
This year attendees will have an opportunity to see Brooks Koepka play. Koepka is not only a 3-time Major Winner but he is a local boy who spent his early years at Okeeheelee Golf Course.
2/10/19 Update: Justin Thomas will also be playing in the Honda Classic this year.
Now if you prefer a FREE ticket to The Honda Classic, the JGFA is requesting volunteers to help at their concession stand. Call 561-964-4653 ext. 5 to sign up before all spots are taken.
The 12th Annual Palm Beach County Putting Classic is set for Saturday, March 16, 2019. The practice putting green at Okeeheelee Golf Course will serve as the backdrop for this creative "miniature golf course" competition. Each year golfers gather to participate in this fun event to raise money for the Junior Golf Foundation of America, Inc. which offers all children an opportunity to learn and play golf. I have the honor of teaching those children all day every Saturday, making me unavailable to participate in this event but I hope you will attend.