Beginners Program


Golf is a great sport to learn to play at any stage of your life. It is a challenging to learn because of the complexities involved but rewarding when you see the improvement you are making. We have created a program designed to make learning fun while progressing your game along. Here are some of the many highlights of the program:


  • Award-winning programs led by Director of Instruction Neil Thompson, recipient of the Alabama/NW Florida Section of the PGA's Teacher of the Year Award in 2011, Player Development Award in 2014 and Youth Player Development Award in 2017. All programs taught by qualified PGA golf professionals.
  • Classes offered multiple times a week; come to as many as you want. See below for class schedule.
  • Move at your own pace. Learn a skill, master it, be tested on your skill retention and move on when ready.
  • Start the program at any time.
  • No equipment necessary; we will supply you with appropriate clubs.
  • When appropriate, we offer recommendations for club purchases and fittings.
  • When all the skills have been learned you graduate from the beginners program and receive four free rounds on the Short Course.
  • Also upon graduation, we will take you on the course for your first rounds. You will be then eligible for the regular/experienced golfer Adult Player Development program.
  • Two flat fees: $150 per month for full program or $100 per month for daytime midweek program (3-month minimum for both programs).
  • Referral program and discounts available.
  • Try before you buy: Attend the first class for free and then decide if it is for you.

We want you to LEARN to play golf & to STAY with golf for a lifetime in our non-threatening and award-winning program. 


"I highly recommend this program. It is a great way to learn to play golf for a reasonable cost, by learning the fundamentals in a structured way. In a relatively short period of time, I learned more golf skills than I thought possible for a 64-year-old that had never played the game, while having fun working with great guys that know their stuff and how to teach it in an enjoyable way," Fred Ellis – Beginners Class Graduate.


Class Schedule (all classes held at the Academy area at Oxmoor Valley, except as noted)

July 31, 2018 - onwards

Tuesdays 9:30-11am, short game & playing lessons

Tuesdays 6-7:30pm, full swing & playing lessons 

Thursdays 9:30-11am, full swing 

Thursdays 6-7:30pm, short game 

Saturdays 7:30-9am, full swing

Sundays, 2:30-4pm, full swing (Oct. 7 onwards)

 * If you choose just to come to only the daytime midweek class, the cost is $100 per month instead of the usual $150. *



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Neil Thompson, 2014 Dixie Section Player Development AwardNeil Thompson, 2017 Ala/NW Florida Section Youth Player Development Award

Director of Instruction is Neil Thompson, recipient of the Alabama/NW Florida Section Teacher of the Year Award in 2011, Player Development Award in 2014 and Youth Player Development Award in 2017

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Click here to read about our Club Fitting Options

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