Warren Bottke, PGA Teaching Professional at PGA National Golf Resort & Spa, has been named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the South Florida PGA. This award recognizes the professional who provides outstanding service as a golf instructor. The recipient is selected based on his/her efforts in promoting golf, use of teachings involvement in junior golf activities and teaching techniques.
“Wow, what a surprise! I have been teaching the game of golf for the past 43 years! There are so many talented and deserving teachers in our section that do what I do by growing the game of golf. I love to give back and see the progress of my students. I’m very humbled and honored to represent to South Florida PGA for “2017 Teacher of the Year!” said Bottke.
In 1988, Bottke became the youngest Master Professional in the history of the PGA. He now serves as a faculty member for the PGA Master Professional certification program, where he mentors current PGA Professionals who are working toward becoming certified as Master Professionals.
For his dedication to developing and improving education opportunities for PGA Professionals, Bottke was awarded the PGA of America’s National Horton Smith Award in 2005. He also received this award on the Section level in 1987, 1989, 2004 and 2005. In 2015, Bottke received the Golf Professional of the Year Award.
Bottke has been very instrumental in the growth of the game throughout his career. He founded a women’s program called “Chip N’ Sip”, which offers a unique way for individuals to learn the game and combine it with a networking and social opportunity. Over a six year period, more than 400 women have participated in the program. Bottke also helps with the “Beyond the Blind” golf clinics, which provide a group setting for blind golfers to be introduced or rediscover the game.
In October 2017, Bottke teamed up with DaVinci Sports and opened DaVinci Sports Golf Academy in Beijing, China. They have three instructors going to elementary schools during after care programs and during physical education teaching all levels of golf to juniors and adults.
Over the past four decades, Bottke has taught 25 touring professionals. Some notable names include: Brooks Koepka, Donna White, Charles Raulerson, Harold Henning, and Tim Simpson. Bottke credits teaching as being his life’s passion. He has taught over 50,000 golf lessons to students in 30 different countries during his tenure.
PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf destination located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. With 90 holes of championship golf and extraordinary teaching facilities, PGA National is the home to the PGA TOUR Honda Classic played on the Jack Nicklaus redesigned Champions course with the legendary “Bear Trap” looming near the end of the round. In 2018, the Honda will be contested February 22-25.
The Resort is the leader in golf instruction like no other in Florida. With David Leadbetter, Dave Pelz and EBC on sight plus Warren and his team, this is the place to learn, improve or tweak your game. There is professional instruction and club fitting available to match everyone’s ability.
David Leadbetter Academy has been at PGA National since 2008, and can customize lessons to any level. The Academy features spacious class rooms outfitted with the latest V-1 Golf Swing Analysis computer technology, the SAM Puttlab and K-Vest. An ideal school of golf, the Leadbetter Academy covers everything to do with the full swing and will have you playing better and having more fun than you thought possible.
Nowhere is the art of the short game taught better than at the Dave Pelz “Scoring Game’ Golf School. The Guru of the short game, Pelz has proven that golfers lose almost 80% of their shots within 100 yards of the hole. The Scoring Game focuses on distance wedges, pitching, chipping, bunker play and putting. You’ll learn to properly execute shots from any scoring position, like Phil.
Every Ball Counts(EBC) has opened the world’s first science-based and statistical data-driven training center. The EBC Elite Training is located at the Estates Course at PGA National and offers golfers a secluded setting for a unique goal-based methodology that has been validated by amateur and professional champions worldwide. Whether you’re an aspiring junior, amateur or Tour player, they have the right system to achieve your goal.
PGA National Resort Club Fitting Lab powered by LOFT: Players at all levels know the right choice to bring out your best is to be custom fitted for clubs. LOFT Golf gives you a TOUR level experience. They use the latest technologies including Trackman III Combine Assessment and SST Pure balancing. If you want to play your best then get fitted with the right clubs.
To learn more go to PGAResort.com.