Bird Academy is headed by PGA Professional Jay Ewing, a New Zealand native who had some success on the Australian and Asian Tours in the 1980s and won the World Pro-Am at Pebble Beach in 1998. He has assembled one of the most impressive teaching crews in the business, including Mary Mills, Sandra Palmer, and Craig Waryan.
Really it’s a “non-method method” inspired by the late Canadian teaching legend Carey Mumford. “We teach one or two students to one professional. That separates us from most golf schools, but more importantly is who teaches someone,” Ewing says. “So the quality of instruction is second to none. All of our teachers are versed in several methods and styles and can teach the right person accordingly. Everything we do is customized for the student. They pick the time they want to come, the areas of their games they want to work on. It’s very much their golf schools.”
Curriculum: 3, 4 and 5-day schools for individuals or two-person teams (18 to 40 total hours of instruction)
Locations: 20 seasonal locations around the country including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee. At every venue, Bird Golf students get some form of Mumford’s “Clear Key” philosophy in the course of their stay.
Rates: Eagle School $2,950-$5,375 (one on one); Champion School. $2,225-$4,175 (two on one); Buddy School $1,995-$4,025 (two on one). All include lodging, personalized instruction, lunch each day with your pro, unlimited play and practice and all taxes.
Contact: (877) 4-BIRDGO, [email protected]