ITU, SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Senpar, one of Brazil's leading golf and lifestyle residential developers, celebrated the grand opening of South America's first Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf at its Terras de São José II development in the town of Itu, just outside of São Paulo. The invitation-only crowd of 150+, including members of the media, was witness to speeches by executives from Senpar, representatives from Nicklaus Academies as well as leader of the Confederacão Brasileira de Golfe (CBG), Brazil's governing body for golf.
The Nicklaus Academy at Terras de São José II features two indoor-outdoor Jack Nicklaus Coaching Studios, a putting lab and a PING custom fitting center. The Coaching Studio is powered by the proprietary Nicklaus Academy fully integrated analysis software program that includes multiple high-speed video cameras, a pressure / balance mat, an automated lighting system, a FlightScope ball flight monitor, and multiple video monitors featuring live video feed for the students to view. Additional technologies include PING's n'Flight fitting software, the K-Vest 3-D Kinetic analysis and training technology, and a computerized putting program from TOMI. The full driving range is lit for night use and is complete with both artificial and natural grass tees, multiple target greens and a new putting green built exclusively for instruction. Future enhancements include a complete short game training area and a special VIP tee.
"In the 1970's, Terras de São José Golfe Clube was the first golf club to open its doors to anyone who wanted to play. Prior to this initiative, golfers had to be associated with a private club to play. Now we are pioneers again by bringing the first Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf to Brazil. We have the support of Confederação Brasileira de Golfe because we have the same vision; to discover and develop new talent here at the Nicklaus Academy, especially now that golf will be an official sport at Rio´s Olympics." -- Rosaldo Malucelli - Senpar Terras de São José Director.
Senpar and the CBG signed an agreement during the celebration to support the identification and development of the top players in Brazil in anticipation of the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the re-introduction of golf as an Olympic sport. As Brazil puts its support behind growing the game of golf throughout the country, this partnership will provide the top players in Brazil access to the finest instruction technologies in the world as well as the proven and successful training philosophies from Nicklaus Academies. Ted Britschgi, the US-trained Director of Instruction at Terras de São José II, brings a wealth of experience in training players of all abilities and will be instrumental in this joint effort.
"Nicklaus Academies is excited about the opening of our first Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf in the southern hemisphere. Growing the game properly is the focus of our efforts with our partners at Senpar and the first installation here at Terras de São José II. Senpar has done an outstanding job in delivering a first-class facility that will benefit everyone that steps through the doors. The opportunity to contribute to Brazil's success by training their best players is something that we are committed to 100%", stated Ted Simons, Executive VP/COO for Nicklaus Academies.
The Nicklaus Academy at Terras de São José II is open to members and residents of both Terras I and Terras II, residents of Senpar's newest development, SerrAzul, as well as the public. Programs will be offered to address all levels of players with an emphasis on introducing Brazil's youth to the game while growing participation and proficiency in the games of both men and women golfers. For more information, visit www.academiajacknicklaus.com.br.
With 50 years of experience in the real estate sector, Senpar Terras de São José is the benchmark for engineering, earthwork, paving and urbanization. The company is responsible for luxury developments including Terras de São José, a pioneer project in Brazil created in the 70's and was the first gated community in the country. The project continues to be a success to this day.
The Senpar is also responsible for developing the SerrAzul; which includes the residential / lifestyle community, Fazenda SerrAzul, and Shopping SerrAzul, Quality Resort Hotel, Outlet Premium, Hopi Hari Theme Park and Wet 'n Wild Water Park located on the banks of the Bandeirantes Highway. Shopping SerrAzul won best design in metallic structure in 1989 and was among the top 5 world projects Fiabci in Paris. The entire SerrAzul won the MasterImobiliário by Fiabci International in 2009. Terras de São José won the same award in 2005.
The concern for sustainability and respect for the environment earned the group recognition as Senpar UN - United Nations Gold through the program "Partners for Peace and Sustainability." For more information, visit www.senpar.com.br.
About Nicklaus Academies:
The Nicklaus Academy at Terras II represents Nicklaus Academies continued growth with recent openings in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, Qingdao, China and now Sao Paulo, Brazil in less than 2-months. With world-class facilities in 9 counties, and additional facilities on the horizon in 2012, the highly regarded Jack Nicklaus instruction program is instrumental in the globalization and growth of the game of golf. The development of the curriculum and instructor training / certification is under the guidance of Mike Malaska, 2011 PGA National Teacher of the Year. For more information, visit www.nicklausacademies.com.