Candidates are judged on a number of factors, including innovation, creativity, communication, parental engagement, organization, experience, and the ability to instill a passion for the game in young golfers. Those earning recognition for three years are named Master Kids Coaches awards.
The recognition program for the world’s most outstanding youth instructors is dominated by golf staff professionals at U. S. club and resort properties, including 15 who achieved Master Kids Teacher status for now having made the Top 50 list three times. All of the winners will be recognized with a special presentation on January 24th at the PGA Show.
U.S. Kids Golf, which bought the Southern Pines, N.C. facility in 2015, will be redesigning and then operating a new restaurant, Heartwood at Longleaf, to replace the Filly & Colts restaurant that had been independently owned. Other improvements include converting existing greens to Bermuda grass, constructing a Golf Academy Learning Center, and enhancing the irrigation system.
The resort’s Rookery Golf Course is scheduled to close for updates in late April with plans to re-open in November, undergoing installation of Platinum Paspalum turf and design changes to bunker complexes. Throughout construction, members and guests will be able to play the property’s second championship golf course, Hammock Bay.
In the course of three months, the Naples, Fla., property converted existing space into a grille, pub, social space, fitness center, and full-service kitchen serving the outdoor bar and social terrace. Designed by Tom Hoch, the renovation also included an open-air structure with screening installed above the second floor outdoor terrace.