The Complete Guide To Florida Golf Schools

Florida golf schools feature some of the top teaching talents in the entire country at world-class facilities. Golfers who are looking to improve their game have tons of options to choose from in the whole state.

Our guide highlights some of the most reputable teaching programs. Whether you are an absolute beginner or looking to turn pro, we there are plenty of locations to choose from.

VIP Golf Academy (Multiple Locations)

VIP Golf Academy is one of the orginal golf schools that focuses on individualized instruction. VIP has locations all around the United States, and have two premier Florida destinations. In Orlando, PGA Master Teaching Professional John Hughes heads up their school at Falcon's Fire Golf Club. It's one of the top practice facilities and courses in the area with a luxurious setting.

Port St. Lucie is the flagship location for the VIP Golf Academy. Tom Tarsia, who is their National Director of Instruction, is the lead instructor. The school is located at the Legacy Golf & Tennis Club inside PGA Village. They have one of the top-rated golf courses in the Southeast and an extensive practice facility.

If you're headed to Orlando or South Florida, VIP Golf Academy should undoubtedly be one of your best options.

Bird Golf Schools (Multiple Locations)

Bird Golf Schools is another reputable school. They have arguably the nicest collection of destinations all around Florida. Here is a listing of their current Florida golf schools:

  • Miami: Turnberry Isle
  • Orlando: Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort
  • Boca Raton: The Club at Boca Pointe
  • Southwest Florida: Old Corkscrew Golf Club
  • North Florida: The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona

If you are looking for all-inclusive packages at some of the top facilities, this is one of your best options. You'll get 5-star accommodations and access to some of the best teachers in the state.

Mike Bender Golf Academy (Orlando, Florida)

If you are looking for a school in the Orlando area, you should take a look at the Mike Bender Golf Academy. They have been recognized as one of the top 25 golf school in the entire country. They boast a top-notch facility that has experts in the full swing, short game, fitness, club fitting, and mental parts of golf. Their school also features some of the latest technology from Trackman and the SAM PuttLab.

For golfers looking to have comprehensive experience, this is likely going to be one of your top choices.

Jim McLean Golf Schools (Miami, Florida)

It's hard to talk about golf instruction without mentioning legendary coach Jim McLean. He has been one of the top instructors in the world for decades, and now has a very impressive collection of schools.

His Florida golf schools are both located in the Miami area at the Biltmore and Miami Beach Club. If you are looking to improve your game in South Florida, this will be one of your best choices.

Gilchrist Golf Academy (Orlando, Florida)

Located just an hour from the Orlando International Airport is the Gilchrist Golf Academy. Gary Gilchrist is a top 50 coach in the United States and has built one of the most comprehensive training facilities for golfers. Located in the Mission Inn Resort & Club, they feature a team of coaches that are capable of preparing junior golfers for a career in professional golf, or the weekend warrior looking to lower their handicaps.

Their program is certainly a more intensive experience as they focus on a holistic approach to golf.

The Leadbetter Academy (Orlando & Palm Beach, Florida)

David Leadbetter is one of the most recognizable names in golf instruction. His collection of golf schools around the world are second to none. Their location at Championsgate happens to be the world headquarters, and one of the top Florida golf schools as well.

The Leadbetter Academy features junior schools and lesson packages for adults who are visiting the area. They have a collection of 15 coaches specializing in the full swing, mental game, and fitness.

They also feature a putting studio in a partnership with Odyssey Golf, which you can find out more about in this video:

If you are in the Palm Beach area, then you can visit their location at the PGA National Resort & Spa.

PGA Tour Golf Academy (Jacksonville, Florida)

If you are visiting the World Golf Villages and looking to book a golf school, then the PGA Tour Golf Academy is one of the best. They offer schools, private lessons, junior academies, and club fitting. You'll also be able to test your skills on their courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

This is one of the best facilities in Northern Florida, and you can learn from industry veterans like Anne Cain.

Pelz Golf Schools (Boca Raton & Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

If your short game is struggling, and you want to see the best, then a visit to a Dave Pelz golf school is in order. They offer clinics and schools ranging from 1-3 days that cover all parts of the short game. When it comes to wedge play and putting there aren't many better instructional resources out there, and this kind of work can show an immediate impact on your golf game.

Their Florida golf schools are located in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton.

Freedom Golf Institute (Tampa Bay, Florida)

Innisbrook Golf Resort is one of the most popular destinations for golfers in Florida. They also have an excellent teaching facility and multiple programs for golfers. If you are a looking to book a more intensive experience, then the Freedom Golf Insitute might make sense.

This 4-day program is designed for golfers of all levels who want to learn, but also relax in world-class accommodations. You'll play tons of golf, learn, and even hit the spa for some relaxation.

IMG Academy Adult Golf School (Bradenton, Florida)

You may know the IMG Academy because they have been churning out tour players for years. They also have 2, 3, and 5-day Florida golf schools available for adults. You'll get the benefit of working with their staff of world-class coaches at a facility that is second to none. Additionally, if you have children who are interested in taking their game to the next level, they can attend a camp at the same time.

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