Carlos Ahumada, a member of the United States Golf Teacher’s Federation, brings more than a decade of teaching experience to each golf lesson he conducts. His students, which can be anyone from scratch golfers to outright novices, typically begin their lesson programs in an indoor facility. In this initial lesson, a video analysis captures their swing mechanics to set a benchmark for improvement, helping them perfect their ideal swing or finally realize that their brass knuckles are the only things holding them back. After helping them make adjustments to their swing, Carlos narrows his focus a bit, concentrating on those individual areas of the game that the student needs the most assistance with, which can be anything from a lack of proper core strength to an issue relaxing and visualizing.
Sculpted through a distinct landscape of lush pines, mature oaks, and tranquil waterways, Golden Bear Golf Club’s Jack Nicklaus–designed course stretches across 7,014 yards of challenging, scenic terrain. The semiprivate course puts a high premium on precise course management with a parkland-style layout of tight fairways, white-sand bunkers, and omnipresent water hazards that subsist on the life force of ill-struck golf balls. The club’s driving range fosters preround warm-ups, and nimble carts help players complete their rounds more efficiently than piggyback rides from a caddie. Resident aces occupy the club’s pro shop, ready to assist in equipment upgrades or offer up a variety of lessons and services. The club also has stately dining facilities that provide an ideal venue for indoor meatball-putting competitions.
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