Golf News for Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | Instruction

David Leadbetter Golf announces its first west coast academy

David Leadbetter Golf announced today the opening of its first west coast academy which will be located at Irvine, California's Strawberry Farms Golf Club.

The David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Strawberry Farms will feature a variety of world-class instructional programs for adults and juniors, including one to three-day mini schools, retreats, private sessions and corporate events.

"We have been looking to establish a west coast presence for a number of years and Strawberry Farms, with its conveniently accessible location and stunning facilities, is clearly the perfect match for our west coast headquarters" said David Leadbetter. "Southern California has always had a rich golf tradition and we look forward to becoming part of that legacy through our new state of the art golf academy."

Conveniently located in the heart of Orange County, near John Wayne Airport and Interstate 405, Strawberry Farms Golf Course combines the rural beauty and tranquility of the surrounding area with the challenge of true championship golf. As one of the premier golf courses in Southern California, Strawberry Farms is a preferred course among corporate groups and golf enthusiasts alike, and an ideal setting for the latest David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

"We are proud to have been selected by David Leadbetter as the location for his first west coast academy," said former California Angels infielder and Strawberry Farms managing partner, Doug DeCinces. "The world class reputation that a David Leadbetter Golf Academy brings to the area is unmatched and will allow us to offer our guests a wide variety of instructional programs and services."

An instructor for some of the best players in the world, including Ernie Els, Nick Price, Charles Howell III, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Julieta Granada & Michelle Wie, David Leadbetter created the first David Leadbetter Golf Academy in 1983 to give amateur golfers access to the elite instruction that previously only professionals enjoyed.

Internationally regarded as the premier golf instructor in the world, David Leadbetter has established 30 Golf Academies in 13 countries throughout the world.

Programs at each Golf Academy are taught by Certified Instructors who have undergone a comprehensive training program designed and overseen by David Leadbetter at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters at ChampionsGate, Florida. All Instructors undergo a rigorous 12-month certification process, during which they train under Leadbetter and the Worldwide Director of Training and Certification. Instructors must also complete an annual recertification.

For more information on any of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy locations, interested golfers can call 888-633-5323 or visit

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Mary Beth Lacy - - (760) 346-6942

Spiro Alafassos (David Leadbetter Golf) - - (443) 802-3008