The Golf Academy at Celebration Golf Club has expanded its services with the recent opening of the new Florida Elite Fitting Studio. The Golf Academy is already considered one of the finest teaching facilities in the Central Florida golf market with a short game practice area complete with bunker and green, all grass tee driving range, a three hole short game facility, 2 indoor fitting and teaching bays, top-notch coaches, and the latest in golf technology. The Academy was one of a select few PING nFlight fitting and teaching facilities and a Golf Channel Academy school.
The Florida Elite Fitting Studio brings the newest technological advances with a selection of the finest clubs made in the world available to golfers, no matter their handicap. So many players will go out and purchase a new driver or a set of irons simply because their game stinks or a pro won a tournament with a particular club. What experience tells us- take that same money and visit the Golf Academy at Celebration to learn why your store-bought clubs aren’t working for you. Let the professionals do what they were trained to do to correct your flaws and design a set of clubs that will work best with your ability. The Studio now has the largest selection of top quality clubs for their clients: Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Honma, Mizuno, Parsons Xtreme Golf, Srixon, Taylor Made, Titlist and XXIO.
The staff at the Florida Elite Fitting Studio is friendly and very knowledgeable. Director of Instruction and Lead Coach Nick Lawson, a native Floridian, has been at Celebration since 2006 and was instrumental in getting the PING nflight school going in 2011. Having graduated from the Golf Academy of America, Nick is certified in club repair, instruction and club fitting. Nick says, “The Golf Academy has the Best Of Golf Under One Roof.” Instructor Craig Bendell is a native of England, a PGA Class A member and First Tee of America Coach who graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University. Both Nick and Craig are there to make golf more enjoyable for their students. New student assessments are only $49 and let both the instructor and student understand fully the areas of the game that need improvement.
The Golf Academy at Celebration has a PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SERIES, affordable and enjoyable lessons for all levels of golfers: 4 lessons(Single-45 minutes; Group-90 minutes). You get to Play with the Pro, have Group Coaching Sessions, PING nFlight Club Fitting Session, Buy One/Get One Range Balls, 10% Discount on Pro Shop Merchandise and preferred Golf Rates- all for $349. There are four levels of instruction: Golf 101-New Golfer Class; Golf 102-Breaking 100; Golf 103-Breaking 90: Golf 104-Breaking 80. Group Sessions require a minimum of 3 students. Term of above packages from date of purchase-6 months.
For those who enjoy practicing, the Golf Academy Range Membership at $59 a month, provides a large basket of range balls per day, 50% off additional baskets, Preferred golf rates, Use of the Academy Practice Facilities, including bunkers and short game, 20% Pro Shop discount(excluding sale items, golf balls and clubs) and Windmill dining discount.
Now thru August, the Academy is having Summer Junior Golf Camps for a Half-Day from 9am-1pm at $239/ week with lunch included and four student minimum. They also have a Morning Special from 9am-11:30(no lunch) at $139/week. Daily fees are available upon request. To learn more about all the programs call 407-566-4653 extension 4.
Celebration Golf Club
One of the premier golf courses in Central Florida and the only collaborative design by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the state, Celebration Golf Club is 7000 yards of challenging golf, immaculate conditioning and the centerpiece of the community of Celebration. The famed Father-Son Team designed this 18-hole masterpiece that features a park-like atmosphere within a natural wetland experience. From the moment you drive onto the property, the exceptional service by the staff makes you feel that you are at a special place. Every detail is top notch.
Golf Digest awarded Celebration Golf Club with a 4.5 star out of 5 rating in the “Best Places to Play”, # 14 of the Top 50 courses for women and one of the ‘best designed courses’ in Florida. The beautifully appointed Pro Shop is well stocked with the latest in apparel and golf accessories. The practice facilities available before your tee time include a large driving range, a putting surface identical to the speed of the Champion Bermuda greens and a 3 hole short game area to hone those scoring-shots. Here at Celebration you do not go out to play willy-nilly. The professional starters explain how to use the GPS on the cart, what the hole placement is, how to manage the par 3’s, the rules of play for the day, how to get a quick repast or libation at the turn and where the facilities are. The golf course has four sets of tees with the championship ones at 74.5 rating and a slope of 140. The informed starter can help you choose a tee box to suit your ability for a more enjoyable round. The front nine features an all natural habitat bordering the fairways and holes. Holes 12 to 17 play away from the clubhouse in one of the Celebration residential sections with no real intrusion. You finish the round on the 574 yard par 5, 18th, the #2 handicap hole, back near the clubhouse.
If you are visiting the area, Celebration Golf Club is close to Disneyworld and the many hotels in the area, just off I-4 and Highway 192. There are also special deals available with their partner, The Gaylord Palms Resort, just three miles away.
Over their twenty plus years, Celebration Golf Club has hosted celebrity and professional golfers’ charity tournaments, qualifiers for PGA TOUR tournaments, and local charity events in the Jones Room and Windmill Restaurant which can accommodate up to 150 people. In fact, I participate in the Annual Tee it up Fore Cancer event and always have great time. They also have a great venue for weddings and other private events on the private and pastoral lawn with a gazebo, right next to the Windmill.
To book a tee time, plan an event or for more information, you can call 407-466-4653 or go to CelebrationGolf.com.