Golf is a sport anyone can play, so long as you can stroll across a field, have someone else carry your stuff, and sit by a pond every so often. Play at your own pace with this Groupon.
- $109 for one month of junior golf academy ($225 value)
Valid for golfers ages 13 to 18, the one-month academy includes eight sessions, broken down into four for golf game instruction (Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.) and four for golf-specific fitness (Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.). Youngsters can also take advantage of consulting on practice game plans and the college recruitment process. Discounts on additional private lessons are also available.
Wood & Olson Golf Performance
Those who can't do, teach—or so the old adage goes. Not so with JJ Wood and Bruce Olson, coaches at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club's Wood & Olson Golf Performance academy. As players the duo boasts some pretty impressive resumes, including a stint as a varsity golfer at Pepperdine University for JJ and coaching a third-place finisher at the 2000 Shell Houston Open for Bruce, among many other accolades.
It's this extensive background as players that has led to the formation of their teaching philosophies. When they take a student under their wing, they assess the entirety of the player's game—from mental approach to physical conditioning to unyielding devotion to a single pair of lucky socks. They then craft a training program uniquely suited to his or her skills, filled with such components as video analysis of the full swing, practice with reading greens, and golf-specific physical training. The approach clearly works: past students have gone on to earn golf scholarships at schools such as Notre Dame, the University of Texas, and UC Santa Barbara, in addition to taking home several state and club championships.