Cover Feature – November 2008

Looking to elevate your golf game, or perhaps refine your shot making skills? Do you simply need to develop your game to compete with your golf buddies, or maybe you’re looking to discover the game for the first time? Well, look no further than the acclaimed Faldo Golf Institute, founded by Six-Time Major Champion, Nick Faldo. With locations in Orlando, FL, at Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort; Marco Island, FL, at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa; and in Palm Desert, CA, at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Resort, Faldo Golf Institute provides instruction to thousands of golfers each year, with options ranging from hourly lessons to multi-day golf school packages. Combining the teaching philosophy of the legendary Nick Faldo, with the world class service and hospitality of Marriott International, Faldo Golf Institute provides expert instruction, matched to your game. From low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage, to newcomers to the game seeking an introductory program that is matched to their needs, Faldo Golf Institute offers distinct programs for everyone.

In the ultimate learning environment, Faldo Golf Institute offers a specialized curriculum based on Nick Faldo’s core values as a player. A team of Faldo Certified Instructors are stationed at each location, and the maximum instructor/ student ratio for all programs is 4:1 to ensure each student receives the individualized attention they deserve. Further, the programming is designed to match each student’s ability, and the curriculum is flexible to ensure learning is paced for each student.
In fact, Faldo Certified Instructors, under the leadership of Chip Koehlke, Director of Instructional Programs, will work with each student to establish clear and attainable goals for technical improvement and prescribe specific practice regimens and developmental drills to achieve them.

Hand-picked by Nick Faldo himself to develop the Faldo Golf Institute curriculum, Koehlke was at the helm when the first Institute officially opened in Orlando in 1997. Today, he oversees the education of instructors and the development programs at each of the three Faldo Golf Institute locations. Recognized as an elite instructor by The PGA of America, Koehlke brings more than 25 years of professional golf experience to the Institute, including several years coaching elite amateurs, top collegians, and professional players on the PGA, LPGA, Champions, and European Tours.
“From two- and three-day golf schools for players of all abilities, to three-hour short game and full swing sessions, to private one-on-one training, Faldo Golf Institute offers expert instruction that is matched to every skill level,” said Koehlke. “Our programming is segmented to match each player’s skill level, speaking to the needs of elite players looking to refine their games, as well as advanced players looking to enhance skills, core players looking to develop consistency, and beginners simply looking to discover the great game of golf.”
Koehlke adds, “Faldo Golf Institute also combines best-in-class golf instruction with championship golf experiences at three amazing facilities. In fact, the Orlando based location, on the grounds of Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort, boasts a 35-acre instructional facility offering full swing and short game areas, a 9-hole training course, Swing Analysis Studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop™, and is adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club, which provides the perfect 18-hole championship golf experience for students.”

In addition to instruction expertise, Faldo Golf Institute offers its renowned Club Fitter’s Workshop, whereby each student is properly fit with equipment that will help them reach their full potential. At Faldo Golf Institute, experiencing a one-on-one club fitting session, with a Master Club Fitter, is highly recommended. Touring professionals enjoy custom-fit and custom-built equipment tailored specifically to meet their unique characteristics. In fact, many touring professionals choose to have this done in the Club Fitter’s Workshop, why shouldn’t you? Master Club Fitter Randy Doucette, in Orlando, is highly regarded as an expert by many LPGA and PGA professionals. During a one-on-one dynamic club fitting session, Randy will assess your game, calibrate your static measurements determining your appropriate length and grip size, then analyze your performance with different shaft flexes to determine what best suits your swing. Once this critical information has been attained, Randy will provide a personal equipment recommendation, which includes lengths, lie angles, and flexes. A personalized set of golf clubs will be created, providing you with the ideal equipment to match your game. The Club Fitter’s Workshop, which offers precise equipment options from the industry’s top manufacturers, is also available at the Palm Desert and Marco Island locations.

Faldo Golf Institute caters to both local golfers looking to improve their game, as well as golf travelers seeking an expert instructional experience while on vacation or looking to invest in taking their game to the next stage. In fact, golfers can create their own experience by choosing from a variety of packages and programs, which can include lodging at any one of the three U.S. based Faldo Golf Institute locations. From the majestic desert mountains of California, to the lush landscapes and sunny beaches on the west coast of Florida, to the exciting family attractions offered only in Orlando, each Faldo Golf Institute offers exciting packages at spectacular venues where golfers can enjoy luxury accommodations, while receiving world class golf instruction.

For more information on all programs and packages offered by the three Faldo Golf Institute locations, golfers should call 888-GO-FALDO, or visit