11/13/2014

North Myrtle Beach is home to some of the world’s greatest golf.  It is also home to world class golf instruction.  The Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy at Barefoot Golf Resort is that and much, much more.

The Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy was created to help top golfers reach their goals at every level of their amateur and professional careers.  It was created on the professional playing career and instructional expertise of Greg Norman.  The GNCGA provides a comprehensive development program for golfers that seek to dramatically improve their ability to compete and win.

The instruction and coaching at GNCGA allows a player to maintain their individuality in their golf swing while integrating a proprietary teaching methodology that develops and reinforces proper fundamentals, with state-of-the-art equipment.

The aim of the academy is to provide golfers in the U.S. and world-wide with an instruction program and training environment in which they can develop to play collegiate and professional golf.

At Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy the students receive outstanding individual instruction from a certified instructor.  The instruction is designed to help each individual to achieve their personal goals through technical golf skills, physical fitness and mental strategy.

THE INSTRUCTION STAFF

  • Scott Shobe – Director of Instruction
  • Kelly Fischer Shobe – Fitness and Nutrition
  • Chad Gibbs – Certified Instructor
  • Eddie Overstreet – Certified Instructor
  • Joe De Maio – Instructor
  • Tiffany Jones – Sports Psychologist

THE FACILITY

The Greg Norman Champions Academy leads the way as a golf learning center as it features the most comprehensive training programs for all ages and skill levels.  The academy is located at the Barefoot Golf Resort in North Myrtle Beach and has a new world class 9,500 sq. ft. facility that features:

  • 3 indoor training bays equipped with V-1 video equipment, the latest in swing analysis technology
  • Extensive club fitting technology with Cleveland club fittings on site
  • 1,750 sq. ft. gym supplied with Cybrex equipment
  • 52,000 sq. ft. of practice greens and bunkers and 100,800 sq. ft. of practice tees
  • 2 classrooms used for K-12 online education program

As being part of the Barefoot Golf Resort family, the GNCGA will have access to their four signature courses, The Love, The Fazio, The Norman and The Dye.

THE CHINESE 2016 WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM

In 2013 Greg Norman was named the advisory coach of the China national golf team to help it prepare for the reintroduction of golf into the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy has been hired to train the women’s team until the 2016 Olympics and Scott Shobe, the Director of Instruction at GNCGA, is assisting Norman with the instruction of the women.  He and Norman spent a week in China from October 19-26.

The team has been chosen by the China Golf Association and will eventually consist of 10 to 14 players who are a mix of pros and amateurs.

As many as half of the team members and its coaches and representatives are expected to spend three weeks at the Barefoot Resort academy beginning in mid-January.  The plan has Shobe returning to China for a week or more in March, and the Chinese team returning to Barefoot for another three weeks in May.

MORE ON THE ACADEMY

The GNCGA also offers a full package of boarding and schooling in addition to golf training.  It has 20 students in the high school or gap year (recent high school graduates) programs.  That number is expected to grow to 26 in January.  The students are from the U.S., Germany, Mexico, Canada, Africa, United Kingdom, South Korea and China.