Golf Channel Academy Begins to Roll-Out Nationwide

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Golf’s Top Instructors Come Together to Form Dedicated Network of Teaching Facilities Backed by Golf Channel

Golf Channel Academy, a dedicated network of teaching facilities and a hands-on extension of Golf Channel’s Golf Channel Academy primetime instruction programming, will begin to roll out next week with an initial 57 locations in 26 states and Canada.

Golf Channel Academy offers golfers the opportunity to receive personalized instruction from some of the game’s finest coaches, including 46 lead teaching professionals at launch. The primary mission of Golf Channel Academy is to bring these top teachers together, and make it easier for avid amateur golfers to experience the benefits of high-quality instruction. Each location’s teaching philosophy will be based on that coach’s proven methods that elevated him or her to the top of the golf teaching profession. A directory of all Golf Channel Academy locations and additional information on the facilities, programs, PGA of America and LPGA teaching credentials, and the inaugural group of more than 190 lead and staff coaches can be found at

“Golf Channel Academy is a natural brand extension of our popular, high-quality instructional programming,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf Channel. “Our viewers will have the opportunity to interact with Golf Channel’s brand beyond traditional media platforms as Golf Channel Academy facilities open in markets across North America. Golf Channel works closely with PGA of America and LPGA teaching professionals and values their ability to enhance golfer’s enjoyment of the game, which ultimately encourages their students to play more golf. With this goal in mind, Golf Channel Academy coaches are committed to engaging golfers through instruction to make the game more accessible, inviting and fun.”

Golf Channel Academy coaches all share the philosophy that good coaching takes place over a period of time, and that the relationship between coach and student is an on-going one devoted to long-lasting improvement. The inaugural group of Golf Channel Academy lead coaches includes:


  • Ed Bowe Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island
  • Fred Griffin Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, Orlando
  • Martin Hall Martin Hall Golf, Ibis G&CC, West Palm Beach
  • Kenny Nairn Celebration Golf Academy, Celebration G.C., Celebration
  • Kellie Stenze lKellie Stenzel Golf Academy at Palm Beach Par 3, Palm Beach


  • Charlie King Reynolds Golf Academy, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro
  • Chad Phillips Blue Giraffe Golf Institute, Alpharetta


  • Rob Noel Rob Noel Golf Academy at Money Hill G&CC, Abita Springs
  • Rob Noel Golf Academy at Big Easy Sportsplex, Jefferson
  • Rob Noel Golf Academy at Carter Plantation, Springfield

North Carolina

  • Dana Rader Dana Rader Golf School at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, Charlotte


  • Virgil Herring Higher Performance Golf Academy at Westhaven G.C., Franklin


  • Chris O’Connell The Plane Truth at The Courses at Watters Creek, Plano
  • Jon Sinclair Sinclair’s Golf Training Center, Euless
  • Brech Spradley Barton Creek Golf Academy, Austin


  • Chris George Golf Academy at Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg
  • Erika Larkin Larkin Golf Learning Community at Virginia Oaks G.C., Gainesville
  • Mitchell Spearman Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy at Belmont CC, Ashburn
  • Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy at Dominion Valley CC, Haymarket

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