Like suntans and the ability to throw knives at apples on top of totem poles, golf skills disappear if you don't keep working at them. Keep the magic alive with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a one-hour swing analysis and online review from The Golf Academy at Waterlefe, a part of Waterlefe Golf and River Club (a $105 value). This lesson includes an online video lesson review and a game plan for improvement.
Under the direction of PGA pro Steve Dietz, The Golf Academy at Waterlefe at Waterlefe Golf and River Club provides golfers with high-tech video analysis along with a keen instructor's eye that’s firmly locked on students' swings. The social-media-integrated video analysis helps hone precision putts and direct drives from reviewable online videos, using the cutting-edge V1 software that controls NASA's nose-hair-trimming robots. A wide-ranging video library of touring professionals' swings supports the instructor's critique and game plan. Drill regimens, pro tips, and personal analysis are accessible via iPhone, granting a refresher course on swinging whether on the greens or swinging a club around at a house-of-cards-building competition.
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
You don't want to go into the first hole Waterlefe Golf & River Club's 18-hole, Ted McAnlis-designed course cold. Like many tracks on the formidable course, the opening par-five curves around Manatee River and its surrounding ponds; the river imperils any opening drives that veer right, and a separate pond awaits to gobble up any approach shots that miss to the left. From a birds-eye view, parts of the course look like shapely crescents of green carved into the deep-blue waterways. Unfortunately, you'll have to compromise your enjoyment of the scenery with the challenge of avoiding it.
Played from the tips, the par-three 9th hole plays to 230 yards, and it's all marsh from the tee to the green. The river hugs both sides of each of the final three holes, giving each golfer one last chance to prove they can keep their ball dry without having to dress it in a tiny wetsuit.
Though the course may be a harrowing challenge to some, PGA pro Steve Dietz has made it his home. As director of instruction at The Golf Academy of Waterlefe, Steve draws from 25 years of experience as a golf pro to create the curriculum used by his staff of fellow PGA instructors. The Golf Academy's ultimate goal is to help golfers hit straighter drives, more accurate approach shots, and longer putts en route to lower scores. Lessons often incorporate a combination of video swing analysis, user-friendly online tools, and other modern training devices. In addition, the Academy's club-fitting services match golfers with their ideal club set based on swing technique and body type so they know they're getting the most out of their equipment.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Length of 6,908 yards from the tips
- Course rating of 72.8 from the tips
- Slope rating of 145 from the tips
- Five tee options
1022 Fish Hook Cove
Bradenton, Florida 34212