Singapore: Trail-blazing instructor David Leadbetter will bring his unique brand of teaching to Singapore’s Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
Scheduled to celebrate its soft opening on June 22, the Leadbetter Golf Academy (LGA) will be housed at Laguna National’s state-of-the-art Teaching and Practice Facility. It is expected to commence full operation by August, 2018.
A joint venture between Laguna National and Leadbetter, the Academy will be staffed by a full complement of accredited LGA professionals.
“David Leadbetter’s name is synonymous with success at the highest level in golf and we very much look forward to offering our Members and guests of the Club and Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore the best in golf coaching,” said Patrick Bowers, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Laguna National, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
During an illustrious career spanning more than four decades, Leadbetter has coached many of golf’s best-known professionals, including Major champions Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Ernie Els, Danielle Kang and Michelle Wie.
Between them, Leadbetter students have accumulated a total of 24 Major championship victories while no fewer than seven Leadbetter disciples have made it to number one in the world rankings.
Leadbetter, winner of the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award from the PGA of America, said: “I’m excited at the opportunity at Laguna National to set-up and develop the Leadbetter Golf Academy. We want to help golfers of all ages and abilities play better golf, shoot lower scores and have more fun.
“We are seeing more Asian golfers making their mark at the pinnacle of the game and I’m confident our Academy at Laguna National will help to nurture future champions from around the region.”
The new practice facility at Laguna National will have 50 hitting bays on two levels, a dedicated zone for the LGA, a classroom, short game practice zone, high-tech equipment, grass tees and a Members lounge.
Leadbetter, who intends to make annual appearances at the Academy, is widely credited with inventing the modern golf instruction industry.
Through his tenacity and passion, Leadbetter has pioneered innovations in the field of instruction that continue to have a lasting impact, not only on how the game is played, but also how the game is taught.
Mark Bates, Director of Golf at Laguna National, said: “Prospective students can count on high quality instructional offerings with a focus on purposefully designed, long-term academy training where serious golfers from around the region can enroll and receive a dedicated daily curriculum.
“These students will have the potential to play professionally or high level amateur golf. Singapore can be the Asian hub for these students and their families.”
Specially designed packages with preferred pricing will be made available to Laguna National Members and hotel guests of Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore.
This year marks the Silver Jubilee of Laguna National and is proving to be a watershed year in which the Club is opening more new facilities accessible to the Membership.
As well as a new clubhouse and driving range, the fourth quarter will see the opening of the 206-room Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, boasting full facilities, including multiple food and beverage outlets, a spa, tennis courts and a fitness centre.