Golf News for Friday, October 18, 2013 | People

Golf Digest names Derek Hooper among best teachers in Connecticut

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. -- Lake of Isles is pleased to announce that Golf Digest named Director of Instruction, Derek Hooper, one of the Best Teachers in Connecticut for 2013-14. He is ranked No. 8 on Golf Digest's prestigious list.

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 also conducts High Performance and Junior Golf Scholarship programs where a number of graduates have earned collegiate scholarships.

Since its inception in 2000, Golf Digest has used peer voting on the state and national level to build the Best Teachers list. This year's list was selected by the nearly 12,500 teachers from all 50 states who filled out an online ballot, ranking their peers on a grade-point scale from 1 to 10.

The 2013-14 Best Teachers rankings can be found in the November issue of Golf Digest or online at

Hooper has been the Director of Instruction at the Troon Golf Academy since it opened in 2005. 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 and high performance golf programs for competitive golfers. In addition to being named Best in State, Hooper was recently named No. 1 golf instructor by the readers of New England Golf Monthly.

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