The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests such as merats, locharoaches, and Nessie, who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beamed in the head by a well-aimed ball. Brush up on your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon: for $150, you get a four- or five-day junior golf camp at John O' Leary Golf Academy (a $300 value). Choose between sessions at Chantilly National Country Club in Centreville and Pleasant Valley Country Club in Chantilly.
John O'Leary and his team of experienced instructors have years of teaching and competing in professional events hidden beneath their pleats. Suited for participants ages 5–17, the junior-camp classes familiarize fledgling fairway fiends with the many aspects of golf, such as the short-game, putting, driving, and wielding irons without threatening territorial green trolls. The sessions feature practice-range tutorials and include time spent on the course, where John O'Leary Golf Academy's instructors will school future aces in the basic principles of on-course management, from chipping out from behind a tree to coughing during their opponent's backswing. The camp can provide golf clubs and brazenly plaid attire for use as needed.
Today's Groupon is good for five three-hour sessions (Monday–Friday) at Pleasant Valley Country Club, or four four-hour sessions (Tuesday–Friday) at Chantilly National Country Club. Classes begin the week of June 27 and are divided by age, skill level, and natural aptitude in controlling slices with one's mind. Check here for the complete summer schedule.
John O'Leary Golf Academy
When 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell—a fixture among the top 20 golfers in the world for the past three years—needs a bit of swing advice, he often turns to his friend and frequent playing partner, John O'Leary. The head of his eponymous Golf Academy, O'Leary began coaching after experiencing his own share of success in the professional ranks, where he won 15 PGA and mini-tour events and earned a berth in the 2007 PGA Championship. While he occasionally jousts putters with some of the world's top golfers, John's instructional style embraces players of all ages and abilities. With an emphasis on fundamentals and fun, he helps golfers hone everything from swings that produce long, straight drives to strokes that consistently hole short putts. John also makes use of V1 Video Swing analysis and CG2 Launch Monitor by Foresight Sports during lessons, camps, and clinics, allowing his students to see their swing firsthand and determine if they missed a belt loop.