David Leadbetter to open European headquarters in July

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 25, 2018 16:04

One of the world’s most famous golf coaches, David Leadbetter, will open the ‘Leadbetter Golf Academy European Headquarters’in Buckinghamshire in July.

Leadbetter, who has coached players to 22 ‘Major’championships and more than 100 individual worldwide tournament victories, has more than 30 academies across the globe and this, at Stoke Park Country Club & Hotel, will be his 13thin Europe. The club already offers the Leadbetter Golf Academy training programme.

David Leadbetter

Sussex-born Leadbetter will be at Stoke Park in July to officially launch the academy that will bear his name, and the five-star venue’s director of golf, Stuart Collier, believes the resort has pulled off a coup in partnering with a man for whom the often-overused sobriquet ‘legend’ is surely deserved.

Collier said: “Few people in the world game can match David Leadbetter’s track record in golf coaching – or the success his students have achieved. His name has become a byword for the very highest level of coaching and tuition.

“We have enjoyed unprecedented success in our academy over the past few years – not just in competition wins but in the overall improvements shown by the students – and having the European headquarters of The Leadbetter Golf Academy here is testament to the effort put in by everybody concerned. It will prove of immense benefit to members of all ages.”

Leadbetter added: “I am looking forward to July, when The Leadbetter Golf Academy at Stoke Park will officially open to the public. The academy is located at a fabulous resort that I am very familiar with. Among other things, I am delighted to be able to choose Stoke Park as the new European headquarters for the LGA Academy.

Stoke Park

“A lot of time and money has been invested in the golf courses at Stoke Park in recent years and the team there has invested a lot of energy into elevating their academy to new heights. I am delighted to be able to recognise their efforts by partnering with the team at Stoke Park to launch a new Leadbetter Golf Academy – one of just three in the UK.”

Leadbetter, who received the 2017 PGA Teacher of the Year award last November, opened his first academy in 1983 when his then student, six-time Major winner Nick Faldo, finished top of the European order of merit for the first time. Leadbetter went on to work with six more world number ones, including Greg Norman and Ernie Els.

His academies offer that same world-class instruction to players of all ages and abilities. He continues to coach professional golfers while authoring numerous best-selling books and providing occasional punditry.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 25, 2018 16:04
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