Gary Gilchrist Earns Golf Digest Top 50 Best Teachers Honors for 2015-2016
Gary Gilchrist again joins the top golf instructors in the world as Golf Digest released its 50 Best Teachers in America list in its October 2015 issue.
For Gilchrist, it’s his third consecutive time being named a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher, also earning the accolade for 2013-2014 and 2011-2012.
“It’s a great honor to again be recognized among the top coaches in golf,” Gilchrist said. “My passion has always been helping players achieve greater results, and it’s rewarding to be recognized by my peers.”
Gilchrist is the founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey in the Hills, Fla., 35 minutes northwest of Orlando, which he established in 2008. Gilchrist is most known for developing golf’s next generation and spends most of his time training juniors in his Full Time Junior Program in Central Florida.
Mission Inn Resort & Club is a four season destination resort featuring classic Spanish Colonial architecture, 176 well appointed guestrooms, suites and villas, three restaurants, two lounges and poolside bar.
The resort’s two golf courses offer exceptional practice and competition venues for Gilchrist’s students. The must-play El Campeón (The Champion) is one of the oldest 18-hole courses in the South, having opened in 1917. An original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón’s classic design accentuates elevation changes that are unique to the region.
Las Colinas (The Hills), which opened in 1992, lives up to its name with wide fairways rolling over gentle rises. Its large, undulating greens are surrounded by tropical vegetation, and incorporate large water hazards on many holes.
In addition to junior golf programs, Gilchrist has taught a number of top professionals over the years including guiding Yani Tseng during her dominance and reign as No. 1 player in the world from 2010-2012. During that time, Tseng won 22 times worldwide with four major championships. Gilchrist currently trains Shanshan Feng, currently No. 6 in the world, and has guided players such as Morgan Hoffmann, Peter Hanson, Charles Howell III, Fabrizio Zanotti, Suzann Pettersen, Sophie Gustaffson and many others.
Gilchrist’s approach to development is holistic through programs vs. lessons. No matter the program, Gilchrist aims to employ a holistic approach to accelerate athletic development with his students and elevate each student to the best of his or her ability. Development focuses on five key areas: technical, mental, physical, strategy and personal development, producing well rounded and balanced individuals.
Along with Gilchrist’s junior golf program and junior golf academy, GGGA also offers a Post Graduate Program for aspiring college players and aspiring pros, year round golf camps with its summer, winter and holiday golf camps as well as private technical and mental training for juniors, amateurs and professionals.
For additional information on the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, access the web site at www.ggga.com.