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 family-oriented organization has reached an agreement to buy the Southern Pines, N.C., property in an all-cash deal, as part of its plan to establish a national golf academy.
The Sussex County, N.J., property has announced the dates of its first annual GolfFest, to be held May 16-18, 2014. The three-day festival will span across the resort’s seven golf courses, and includes the all-access expo featuring instructor David Leadbetter, rides on a space-age Hovercraft, demos of cutting-edge equipment, free club fittings and clinics, family golf, and FootGolf.
The PGA of America has announced that Eric Alpenfels, PGA Director of Instruction at Pinehurst Country Club, and Mike Adams, PGA Director of Instruction at both Hamilton Farms Golf Club and Medalist Golf Club, are the first PGA Professionals to ever graduate from the new PGA MPP 2.0 Program. With this honor, they have achieved the highest educational designation that can be attained by a PGA member.
Family Course complements new PGA/USGA Tee it Forward program.