Dedicated to saving the golf world from mulligans one slice-prone swing at a time, World Beat Golf’s team of aces imparts score-shaving advice at an outdoor practice facility. With an emphasis on building a balanced swing, developing reliable pre-swing fundamentals, and shoring up the short game, the pros foster straighter shots in private lessons and with programs for juniors and women. For more independent practice, World Beat Golf offers punch cards for driving-range balls, which players hit off of natural grass or synthetic hitting bays that provide a consistently immaculate lie and spare players from responding emotionally to divots shaped like their favourite childhood stuffed animals.
At Urban Links, golfers up their games with hands-on training sessions with certified instructors and access to an indoor facility with the latest in golf training technology. Golfers can cure their slice-, shank-, or narcolepsy-prone swings inside hitting bays that feature TrackMan swing-analysis software, which uses motion sensors and video playback to break down swinging motions. Urban Links? resident aces also enlist TrackMan technology to help players find out the club specifications that best fit their swing and body type. Along with lessons and club-fitting sessions, golfers can take advantage of the equipment and develop secret handshakes with cyborg Greg Normans during independent practice sessions in the hitting bays.
The soft pop of clubs against golf balls drifts from the driving range at The Golf Centre, up through orchards and toward the mountains behind them. At either sheltered or unsheltered tees on the range, golfers cut crescents from the air, their clubs arcing behind them. Staff rotate the range balls every season, limiting the possibility that customers hit a damaged ball or one they have made up a whole back story for. After ironing the kinks out of their long games, players can work on short-game strokes at the 35-yard short-game practice area, complete with sand traps, a chipping green, and a putting green. A team of CPGA-certified instructors stands at the ready to help players address their problem areas within lessons, incorporating video analysis during 60-minute private lessons to illustrate a stance that’s too open or eyes that aren’t open.
Working alongside 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, Wayne Hachey brings a bunker full of experience to his post as Desert Golf Academy's head instructor. As a player, Wayne has excelled on both sides of the Atlantic, Earth's saltiest water hazard. He once carded a 29 on 9 holes at British Columbia's Osoyoos Golf Club and shot a low-round of 64 at Scotland's famous Lundin Links. As a coach, Wayne is acquainted with all modern teaching approaches, from the single-plane swing to the technical insights of noted golf instructor Hank Haney, and has used these approaches to develop many of todays top European Tour players. Wayne's staff of pros—including Central Alberta standout Drew Bolokoski—have all learned from his knowledge of the swing, and augment their lessons with FlightScope swing analysis.
When players peer down the first fairway at Pine Hills Golf Club, they may feel a bit like a placekicker in football, aligning themselves for a shot between uprights formed by tall Ponderosa pine trees. And though successful strokes may not result in fans rushing the course to lift golfers up onto their shoulders, the difficulty involved can give players a deep sense of accomplishment. Challenges such as this one, which arise from a confluence of elevation and natural surroundings, are frequent on the nine-hole par 3 course, draped as it is over the hillsides along Okanagan Lake?s southern rim. As golfers look up from their tight lies, they can feast their eyes on the expanse of Okanagan Lake to the east and the town of Penticton, due south.