As the Fall of 2010 turns to Winter, thoughts drift to what the New Year will bring. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of spending January in Port St. Lucie, Florida, let me share with you how we at the College of Golf will spend the first week of the New Year. Monday, January 3, 2011 will be the first day of class in the Winter Semester for 100+ students at Keiser University College of Golf. Students will attend one of three classes: Fundamentals of the Short Game, Food & Beverage Management, or Rules of Golf. Those who have an 8:00am class will have tee times starting at 12:30pm at one of the great golf courses in the PGA Village (The Wanamaker, The Ryder, or The Dye). As temperatures average 75 degrees in January, short sleeves and sunburns will be standard fare. Those who have 11:00am classes, will have the opportunity to take individual private golf lessons before or after class from one of the outstanding College of Golf PGA Staff: Dr. Eric Wilson, PGA Master Professional; Brian Hughes, PGA Master Professional; David Wixson, PGA Certified Professional; Frank Longabucco, PGA Certified Professional; Dr. T.J. Tomasi, Director of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors in America; and Donna White, PGA and LPGA Top 50 Instructor.
The College of Golf indoor practice/training area is open Monday-Thursday from 7:00am-8:00pm, Friday from 7:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm for student use and includes access to a 1,200 square foot putting/chipping green; a V-1 Computer Video Swing Analysis System; three additional indoor hitting bays; a Simulator with driving range/nearest to the pin/actual golf course play; and a TOMI Computer Putting Analysis System. However, most students take advantage of the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance practice facility, which is only five minutes from campus. This 35 acre world-class practice facility is available for student use daily from 8:30am-9:00pm (hours change seasonally) and has 7,000 square feet of practice putting greens, a chipping area, a pitching area, a practice bunker complex of seven different shaped bunkers with different types of sand, and a horseshoe shaped grass hitting area to take advantage of different wind conditions. The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance uses only top quality Titleist range balls, and the new Superintendent ensures that turf conditions throughout the range are excellent.
So the choice is yours! Plan on spending 2011 as you did 2010, or sign up for an exciting educational opportunity with Keiser University College of Golf in January 2011, with the eventual opportunity of turning your passion for golf into a career opportunity in the golf industry in 2012.