Kenny Nairn, of the Celebration Golf Academy in Celebration, Fla., has been named one of the inaugural instructors of the newly formed Golf Channel Academy.
A Scottish PGA Professional born in St. Andrews, Nairn is among the first 25 of the game’s most influential and recognizable teachers coming together to establish a dedicated network of instruction facilities with the active support of Golf Channel, the game’s leading global multimedia and golf entertainment source.
“I’m very excited to be among the first teachers associated with the new, dynamic Golf Channel Academy,” said Nairn, who serves as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Golf for Celebration Golf Management. “This is a chance for golf instructors to work together, learning from one another and adopting best practices in both teaching and the business of teaching. I think it’s going to propel the coaches and coaching forward in a big way.”
Golf Channel Academy is the first network of its kind devoted to efficiently growing the business of golf instruction. With 25 charter locations already committed, Golf Channel Academy will be inviting additional coaches to become part of the network as it launches in April 2015.
These coaches will benefit from a wide-spectrum of business consulting services and products addressing marketing, sales, technology and back-office solutions needs, as well as shared best practices across the network. Coaches also will have the opportunity to appear on instructional programming across Golf Channel’s television and digital platforms. Students at Golf Channel Academy locations will be able to track their progress using advanced software to measure specific goals under the direction of their personal coach.
“Golf Channel Academy will align the top coaches from across the country to run their business within a robust, collaborative operation,” said Todd Wilson, CEO of Golf Channel Academy. “Our members will have a unique opportunity to tap into best practices and proprietary data that will assist each member instructor and academy operation to grow their business while operating under one unified brand.”
Nairn is a member of the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland and European Golf Teachers Federation. An accomplished player and club fitter, he captured the professional division of the Wilson World Pro-Am Tournament at Pebble Beach in 2010 and 2013, and was Ping’s National Club Fitter of the Year in 2004 and Regional Club Fitter of the Year in 2009.
Nairn once served as a PGA Golf Professional at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, site of the most recent Ryder Cup Matches. He comes certified in TrackMan (Level 3), TPI (Level 2), and Ping’s nFlight Fitting Software. The National Golf Course Owners Association’s Player Development Winner in 2007, Nairn teaches all facets of the game with a strong emphasis on the short game.
For more information about Nairn, please visit the Celebration Golf Academy website www.celebrationgolfacademy.com.