“FORE!” It’s a common cry from green pastures throughout the United States. Perhaps kicked off by the introduction of Tiger Woods to the pro circuit in 1996, the nation’s interest in golf has catapulted in recent years. Men and women, young and old, black and white, it seems these days that everyone is gearing up for a swing at the tee, or some sort of crack at the industry. But with little or no experience, many people are finding their dreams of a PGA Championship (or LPGA Championship for that matter) stymied.
Aspiring golfers have increasingly been turning to the pros for instruction and guidance. Now one academy in Chandler, AZ is better equipped than ever to handle the influx of novices as well as the more seasoned golfer looking to break into this tough business.
Strategically located just outside of Scottsdale, the Mecca of the golf world, The Golf Academy of Arizona, has relocated into expanded, more modern quarters. As a campus of the San Diego Golf Academy, the oldest, largest and one of the most esteemed golf schools in the world, TGAA’s management team correctly identified the need for rejuvenation and wasted no time in getting this project underway.
“We feel that we offer a truly unique program,” explains TGAA Director Tim Eberlein, his pride in the course clearly evident. “It’s so much more than just a golf school or lessons. Our students are coached in every aspect of the sport – from how to teach the game of golf, to managing a golf complex. We prepare our students for a true golf career.” He goes on to admit, “And truthfully we were outgrowing our original facility. We recognized the need to grow and change, much like the sport itself has grown and changed over the years. It was a natural progression.”
Now with over 10,000 square feet for classrooms and instruction, TGAA’s new campus also acquired a new golf simulator to add to its expansive teaching and learning aids. The state-of-the-art facilities also include a computer lab, administrative offices, student and placement service areas, a lounge, and library.
The San Diego Golf Academy is well above par when compared to ordinary golf instruction courses. It’s an intensive 16-month Associate of Applied/Occupational business degree program. The curriculum is divided between golf instruction and business management, operating on the principle that golf is no longer merely a sport, but an industry, and one that is brimming with opportunity.
Paul Zagnoni, President of SGDA adds, “It is our job to show students how to turn their love of the green into green. Now more than ever, we provide our students with all of the necessary tools for a successful career in golf.” He concludes with a smile, “The finished product has far exceeded our every expectation.”
For more information regarding TGAA and its new campus, please call Tim Eberlein at 480-857-1574.
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