Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf to Open in Orlando, Florida at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club

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Golfers in Central Florida, and those visiting the Orlando area, now have a great opportunity to improve their golfing skill as the Orlando World Center Marriott has teamed up with the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf (JNAG) to open an Academy at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club.

Golfers in Central Florida, and those visiting the Orlando area, now have a great opportunity to improve their golfing skill as the Orlando World Center Marriott has teamed up with the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf (JNAG) to open an Academy at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. Nicklaus Academies are located in 10 countries and boast a successful record of training golfers around the world for over 25-years.

“We are highly motivated to establish a first-class golf academy in Orlando with the outstanding team here at the Orlando World Center Marriott. We look forward to helping individual players and groups alike improve their golf games by teaching many of the same proven fundamentals that propelled Mr. Jack Nicklaus to 18 major Championships and the title as the “greatest golfer of all time,” stated Ted Simons, Executive VP / COO for Nicklaus Academies.

“After an extensive search, we are extremely excited to have a new partnership that brings two iconic brands, Marriott Hotels & Jack Nicklaus Academies together under one roof to create the opportunity for our guests to Stay, Learn & Play, in a relaxed resort environment while enjoying all the fabulous amenities and world class service our property has to offer,” stated Mike Hodgins, PGA Director of Golf of Hawk’s Landing Golf Club.

With its dynamic curriculum that is developed in conjunction with Mike Malaska; 2011 PGA National Teacher of the Year, each Nicklaus Academy facility and the Nicklaus Academy Certified instruction staff builds on the strengths of each individual student to develop a repeatable swing that not only generates lower scores but also puts “fun” back into this great game.

Brian O’Neill, PGA, has been named the Director of Instruction for the Nicklaus Academy at Hawk’s Landing. Brian has worked alongside teaching legends Jim Flick and Mike Malaska gaining knowledge and experience from several of the games finest instructors who have a history of working with Mr. Nicklaus. This experience enables Brian to work with golfers from beginners to elite players. Brian’s passion for promoting the game of golf, and helping all golfers improve with a simple and effective approach, has proven successful for players of any age and ability level.

The Academy will offer a full menu of ‘personalized’ services from individual instruction packages for Adults, Juniors and Seniors, to Resort and Member Clinics, Family and Couples Clinics, the Jack Nicklaus Driving School and Golden Bear Scoring Clinics, Corporate Clinics, Single and Multi-day Golf Schools, ‘Stay, Learn and Play’ Packages, Custom Club & Ball Fittings, and an Academy Membership Program. The Jack Nicklaus Coaching Studio technologies will include; Swing Catalyst high-speed video capture and analysis, Flightscope Launch Monitors, BodiTrak balance and pressure mats, K-Vest Kinematic Assessment and Training programs, plus an assortment of proven teaching and training aids.

About Orlando World Center Marriott

The Orlando World Center Marriott spans over 200 acres of lush grounds, which includes Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, an Audubon Certified Robert Cupp, Jr. 18-hole Championship Golf Course that delivers the perfect setting for challenging golf with a scenic blend of native Florida wildlife and tropical vegetation.

The Orlando World Center Marriott offers over 2000 rooms and suites, amazing on-site amenities and shuttle service to Walt Disney World®. After a day of golf instruction, students can dine at any of the ten restaurants and lounges or make an appointment for a massage or facial at the full-service spa. Resort guests can experience Falls Pool Oasis featuring two 200-foot waterslides, a 90-foot speed slide, kid’s splash park and nightly laser light show. An ideal choice for “Learn, Stay & Play” golf packages, professional events or social celebrations, the resort boasts over 400,000 square feet of flexible space for meetings, receptions and charity soirees. http://www.worldcentermarriott.com

About Nicklaus Academies

Nicklaus Academies is the world-wide licensee for golf instruction for Nicklaus Companies, the global company founded and directed by Mr. Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus Academies are in operation in the US, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Japan, South Korea and China, and just opened facilities in Hong Kong and Vietnam. Each Nicklaus Academy location and facility are unique based on the individual market, however, each Academy and their Certified Instructors teach the same proven Nicklaus Academy philosophy. http://www.nicklausacademies.com

For more information on the Orlando World Center Marriott or Nicklaus Academies, please contact:

Mike Hodgins, Hawk's Landing Golf Club Director of Golf Michael.Hodgins(at)marriott.com

or

Ted Simons - Executive Vice President ted.simons(at)nicklausacademies.com

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