Hi-Tech Golf Performance Center Unveiled at St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton

Dec 01, 2010, 16:09 ET from St. Andrews Country Club

-First Private Country Club in Region to Offer Comprehensive Complimentary Golf Instruction Facility

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec.1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just in time for the opening of the Florida golf season, St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton officially opened a state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center (GPC) featuring an indoor hitting bay, private practice area, covered patio with complimentary beverage station, state of the art V1 Digital Coaching System and FlightScope Launch Monitor® technologies and a Callaway Golf® branded club fitting area. Now members of the club can visualize firsthand what their golf instructor sees, adjust their swing accordingly and hone their skills in a shorter time frame at no additional cost.

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Roy Schwedelson, President, Board of Governors St. Andrews Country Club spoke to members and guests, "We all recognize that due to the economy the golf market continues to tighten. The technological advancements St. Andrews Country Club has implemented with our new Golf Performance Center not only provide our members with state-of-the-art teaching facilities and tools, but attracts avid golfers and prospective new members to our community. As the only private country club in our market to offer this facility it furthers our position as one of the 'Best of the Best' clubs in the country."

Schwedelson also announced an exciting year-round Guest Golf Instructor Program that kicked off immediately following the GPC opening with a private golf exhibition and clinic with LPGA Tour Professional and St. Andrews' Resident Touring Professional Morgan Pressel along with Jim McLean, best known for his research on the golf swing and his work on The X-Factor ®,1994 PGA National Teacher of the Year and owner of Jim McLean Golf Schools. Each month St. Andrews Country Club members will have exclusive access to some of the top teaching professionals in the world as part of the club's commitment to ensuring a year-round golf experience that can't be found anywhere else.

"The vision for the GPC and the Guest Golf Instructor Program was solidified after hosting the Grow Golf Forum in which the outcome clearly emphasized the need to embrace technology to foster an interest in the game of golf.  By bringing in V1 video analysis we protect our current member golf program while appealing to a younger generation with its combination of computerized equipment and social media, it will be a useful tool in stimulating golf lessons, retail sales and participation in tournaments," stated Craig D. Martin, St. Andrews Country Club Chief Operating Officer and General Manager.  The Grow Golf Forum was held in July at St. Andrews and united the PGA of America, the CMAA, Golf 20/20 and twenty area private country clubs.

By partnering with Callaway and bringing in V1 and FlightScope technologies, St. Andrews Country Club is the only private country club in South Florida to offer all of these services, including instruction in a comprehensive brand new GPC facility.  The design of the GPC allows the club to double the size as demand warrants and still house all computer equipment and club fitting tools. The professional golf instruction staff can now offer lessons in the GPC, driving range, putting or chipping practice areas or either of the two 36-hole championship courses at the same low price.

"We have just elevated our golf instruction by combining personalized coaching with the latest teaching technologies including V1 comparative video analysis, providing a computerized swing diagnosis which shows the golfer exactly where their swing needs correction and improvement. We can even break it down frame by frame or compare a swing to a professional golfer's to highlight the differences or similarities," said Glenn Hall, Director of Golf at St. Andrews Country Club. "Members are showing their excitement about the new facility through our Drive Your Swing promotion where they can receive a complimentary swing analysis. They are pleased with the final result and are happy it comes at no additional cost."

Since the official opening, members have already taken advantage of the Drive Your Swing promotion which will end in mid-January with two lucky members receiving a free set of irons provided by Callaway.

About St. Andrews Country Club:

St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton, a resident-only Platinum Club of America, is internationally recognized for magnificent estate residences, superior amenities, two 18-hole championship golf courses, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Design, 15 Har-Tru tennis courts, a state-of-art spa and fitness center and a 125,000 square foot Clubhouse in the center of it all. The Clubhouse provides unequalled culinary delights, a year-round social calendar and offers spectacular views of the lakes, fountains, fairways and manicured greens. St. Andrews has played host to numerous PGA golf exhibitions led by touring pros such as Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, John Daly and Rocco Mediate, and is the home course to LPGA Touring Professional Morgan Pressel. For more information on St. Andrews, please visit www.standrewscc.com.

SOURCE St. Andrews Country Club