Golf News for Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | People

Connecticut's Lake of Isles' Derek Hooper voted top golf instructor

NORTH STONINGTON, CONN. -- Derek Hooper, Troon Golf Academy at Lake of Isles' director of instruction, was the named the No. 1 golf instructor by the readers of New England Golf Monthly. Hooper has been at the Troon Golf Academy since its opening in 2005.

Hooper, who has more than 20 years of teaching experience, is an AAA member of the Australian PGA and has a degree in sports science and teaching methodology from the University of Queensland, Australia. He specializes in personal training programs designed to specifically meet the goals of each individual. He uses a five-step program: 1, assess a player's skill; 2, set goals; 3, design the plan; 4, implement the plan; 5, track progress. Hooper utilizes this program with all of his students, including the High Performance and Junior Golf Scholarship programs where a number of graduates have earned collegiate scholarships.

"I am honored to be named the top golf instructor in the New England region," Hooper said. "Teaching is my passion and I am constantly challenging myself to become a better teacher and communicator through education programs. There is no greater reward as a teacher then to see my students continue to improve and for some to compete at a high level."

More than 4,000 votes were cast for the Top 25 Golf Instructors. The entire list of Top 25 awards listed by category are published in the online May issue of New England Golf Monthly at

The Troon Golf Academy at Lake of Isles represents the ultimate New England golf instructional facility. The facility features four indoor teaching studios equipped with V1 swing analysis, Golf Biodynamics 3D swing analysis, 60,000 square feet of teeing space, and large putting, chipping and bunker practice areas. The Golf Academy offers a variety of instruction programs for adults and juniors. The programs range from private and group golf instruction, to half-, full- and multiple-day golf schools. The Golf Academy also specializes in high performance golf programs for golfers who play at a very competitive level.

Lake of Isles, a 36-hole Rees Jones designed golf club located in North Stonington, Connecticut, opened in May 2005. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and located across the street from Foxwoods Resort Casino, the two courses wind their way through 900 acres of wooded Connecticut countryside and around a 90-acre lake. Managed by Troon Golf, the worldwide leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, Lake of Isles offers the ultimate golf experience. In addition to superior service and impeccable course conditions, amenities include a 50,000 square foot clubhouse, and a state of the art indoor and outdoor practice facility.

For information on Lake of Isles call 888.475.3746 or visit