Golf News for Monday, May 12, 2014 | Instruction

ANNIKA Academy announces Destination Golf Experiences in Ireland and France

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The ANNIKA Academy - Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam's boutique golf instruction and fitness school - announces Destination Golf Experiences will be held in Ireland and France in 2014.

For the second-consecutive year the Academy has organized an Ireland itinerary in partnership with Celtic Golf (, one of the world's leading golf-tour operators. From October 13-17, the team will visit the iconic golf clubs of Ballybunion, Dooks, Killarney, Tralee and Waterville. On-course instruction from the Academy team will be tailored to mastering the nuances of links golf.

The program is $4,950 per person (based on single occupancy). It includes six nights' accommodations at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel (, ground transportation, greens fees, instruction and full Irish breakfast daily. Roundtrip airfare to Shannon International Airport (SNN) is not included.

"Feedback from last year's Ireland experience was exceptional, so we're excited to once again offer an opportunity to play some of the world's greatest links courses," says Mike Pryor, Director of Golf at the ANNIKA Academy. "The team members leading instruction have played links golf for decades and will expertly relay techniques crucial to enjoying the seaside game."

France's Evian Resort is located in the country's stunning Rhone-Alpes region and annually hosts the LPGA's fifth major, the Evian Masters. The three-day Destination Golf Experience will take place August 8-10. A cocktail reception and dinner with Annika and her team; Annika-led skills clinic; full-swing and short-game instruction; and 27 holes of golf are some of the highlights.

The experience starts at $9,500 per person (based on single occupancy). This includes all of the above as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and three nights' accommodations at the resort's Hotel Royal.

"Evian is one of my favorite places in the world and the golf school overlooking Lake Geneva is the perfect place for guests of any age or skill level to learn our 'Winning Approach,'" says Annika, a three-time winner of the Evian Masters.

The ANNIKA Academy will also host two U.S.-based Destination Golf Experiences in 2014: Lake Tahoe (July 16-19) and The Greenbrier Resort (August 28-31).

For more information about these events and other ANNIKA Academy programming:,, 888.266.4522.

For more information about Celtic Golf:,, 800.535.6148.

For more information about Evian Resort:, +33 (0) 4 50 26 50 50.

About Celtic Golf
Celtic Golf is a business run by the Quinlan Family - Americans with deep Irish roots who are passionate about creating memorable golf vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales as well as many destinations in Europe. Jerry and Josephine Quinlan and co-founders Peg and Jack Quinlan have been delighting golf travelers for over twenty years. Whether you're a pro or an avid weekend golfer - an individual, a family or a large group - we'll help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

About the ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy is a state-of-the-art, "boutique" golf school at Orlando's Reunion Resort. It opened in 2007 as a way for Annika to share her passion for golf, fitness and nutrition. Annika's personal team of coaches expertly relays simple techniques to help players of any age, gender or skill level reach their full potential. The Academy's ELITE Training Program and official partnerships with the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) and Symetra Tour make it the epicenter for training the next generation of collegiate and professional golfers. It is also a Certified Callaway Performance Center offering custom club fitting and video swing analysis. Other Academy highlights include a modern fitness facility, conference room and full-service locker rooms. Individualized golf instruction, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, custom corporate packages, and opportunities to play with Annika make it the place to learn her proven "Winning Approach."

Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications