CHARLESTON, SC. – Golfers looking to drop strokes and elevate their game are headed to the Charleston area for the newest in video swing lesson technology. Utilizing state-of-the-art motion sensors and wireless equipment, Charleston area golf professionals are providing players with the best in swing analysis software to help maximize strength and accuracy. Home to 19 championship courses, below is a sampling of Charleston area courses combining high-tech lesson facilities with impeccable instruction:
Wild Dunes Resort
Wild Dunes Resort offers some of the best golf instruction in the Lowcountry with a variety of available golf schools, clinics, playing lessons and private instruction catering to everyone from beginners to amateurs. The resort’s three PGA-certified instructors host 90-minute video lessons featuring V-1 Pro technology, ideal for golfers looking to improve swing mechanics and boost course confidence. Players can then hit the links and practice on either of Wild Dunes Resort’s two Tom Fazio designed courses- The Links Course and Harbor Course.
The Links at Stono Ferry
The Links at Stono Ferry’s Golf Learning Center is home to two hitting bays equipped with K-VEST wireless technology, deemed by golf pros to be the “future of golf instruction.” Players can schedule individual or group lessons with Director of Instruction David Kite, who utilizes this K-VEST technology to capture and analyze golf swing motion in real-time 3-D. Kite also incorporates V-1 Pro and Vector Pro technology in his lessons, which delivers launch monitor data to assess a golfer’s swing path and distance.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center includes seven state-of-the art covered hitting bays in addition to a practice green, Astroturf putting surface for use in inclement weather, practice bunkers and a computerized video swing analysis system. Three PGA and LPGA certified teaching professionals offer players private and semi-private lessons featuring the V-1 Pro video system. After their lesson, golfers can fine tune their skills with a round on one of Kiawah’s five championship courses, including the host site of the 2012 PGA Championship- The Ocean Course.
Charleston National Golf Club
The Charleston National Golf Club’s practice facility is home to Scott’s World of Golf (SWOG), led by Director of Golf Instruction Scott Rosenthal. Consistently named one of the top 50 Best Golf Teachers in America, Rosenthal offers lessons featuring FlightScope technology, the world’s first 3-D Doppler ball tracking simulator. FlightScope tracks shot distance, precise landing position, club speed and ball speed presenting players with a visual representation of their swing to diagnose areas of improvement. Golfers can practice their skills learned at SWOG on Charleston National’s Rees Jones design course, carved along the Intracoastal waterway and offering some of best golf views in the Charleston area.
Coosaw Creek Country Club
Coosaw Creek Country Club’s golf academy and practice facility includes a two-tiered natural Bermuda grass practice area, elevated practice green, large practice sand trap and practice fairway bunker available year-round. In addition to offering video swing analysis software, Coosaw Creek’s PGA-certified professionals host a five week “Get Golf Ready” clinic series geared towards novice golfers who may be intimidated to learn the game. After instruction from the pros, players can transition to the ever-challenging Arthur Hills designed course to practice their newly taught skills.
Charleston & Resort Islands Golf
More than 200 years ago, Charleston was the site of America’s first golf club. This heritage of golfing excellence is evident today. Guests have convenient access to more than 19 championship courses, created by legendary architects including Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The area also offers plenty of year-round activity off the course. They range from historic tours and attractions to inshore and offshore fishing and award-winning dining, as well as a year-round calendar of festivals and events. For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.