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13053
Pennsylvania

Improve Your Game on Historic Shawnee’s Premier Golf Course

Develop your golf game alongside PGA instructors, enjoying daily practice, informative lessons, practical tips and discovering the history of these two premier courses.
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Program No. 13053RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,079
Pennsylvania

Improve Your Game on Historic Shawnee’s Premier Golf Course

Develop your golf game alongside PGA instructors, enjoying daily practice, informative lessons, practical tips and discovering the history of these two premier courses.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,079
Program No. 13053 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

May 8 - May 13, 2022
SOLD OUT
No transfer 1,079
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,229
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
No transfer 1,079
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,229
Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
No transfer 1,079
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,229
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
No transfer 1,079
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,229

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

May 8 - May 13, 2022
SOLD OUT
No transfer 1,479
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,629
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
No transfer 1,479
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,629
Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
No transfer 1,479
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,629
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
No transfer 1,479
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,629

At a Glance

Play on the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort's premier course — host site of the 1938 PGA Championship in which Paul Runyan defeated Sam Snead in the final. Graced with magnificent trees, picturesque mountains and a beautiful river, this course was A. W. Tillinghast’s original design, completed in 1911. The PGA Professionals at Shawnee’s Tillinghast Golf Academy introduce you to the great game of golf and the basics of play including history, etiquette and rules.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Nine holes of golf a day with carts provided. Rental clubs available with prior arrangement. Metal spikes not permitted. Golfers of all experience and ability levels welcome. Golfers will be placed in smaller groups based on experience.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • PGA instructors demonstrate techniques, teach golf etiquette and share the rules and tips for practicing in a fun, informative series of lessons.
  • Take part in instruction and practice each morning, then play nine holes each afternoon. A bonus Master Class is a special treat!
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner, specializing in local foods and craft beer.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. An airport transfer is available at added cost.
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Brian Bergstol
Brian Bergstol is the touring golf professional for The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort and a PGA apprentice. He is a graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., where he was the number one golfer for the Moravian Hounds all four years. Only months after becoming a certified professional golfer, Brian qualified for and played in the 2008 U.S. Open in Torrey Pines, Calif. Between tournaments he shares his experience and knowledge of the game with other players who want to improve.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Brian Bergstol is the touring golf professional for The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort and a PGA apprentice. He is a graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., where he was the number one golfer for the Moravian Hounds all four years. Only months after becoming a certified professional golfer, Brian qualified for and played in the 2008 U.S. Open in Torrey Pines, Calif. Between tournaments he shares his experience and knowledge of the game with other players who want to improve.
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Brandon Hendershot is from and has spent most of his life in Bangor, Pennsylvania but has lived in the Shawnee/East Stroudsburg for the past few years. He has been playing golf for nearly 15 years and is currently enrolled in the PGA PGM apprentice program. Brandon has been teaching golf at Shawnee for the past three years.
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Midge McClosky is the Cultural Program Director for the Shawnee Institute, Executive Director of the Shawnee Playhouse, and the Artistic Director of the Worthington Players. Before moving to Shawnee, Midge worked as a professional actress, singer, and dancer performing musical theatre in 49 of the 50 states. Her extensive credits cross over into film, television, commercials, voice-overs, and live industrials. She and Chris, her husband of more than 20 years, have two active boys, ages 13 and 14.
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Kyle Adammonis has recently joined the staff of the Shawnee after graduating Valedictorian from The Professional Golfers Career College in beautiful Hilton Head, S.C. He enjoys meeting new golfers and sharing the skills he's learned over his many years of golfing. His education also includes two years of advanced education in sports and business management. When not on the course, Kyle enjoys fishing, hiking, baseball and floor hockey.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF QUITTING GOLF
by David Divot
The Fundamentals of Quitting Golf offers permanent relief, or perhaps just a chuckle, to golf sufferers who swear they are going to quit the game, often using very colorful language. As explained by author David Divot, your mind is cluttered with excuses for your poor play: lack of lessons, bad courses, old clubs, new clubs and on and on. Quitting "cold turkey" does not work because, subconsciously, you want to believe this nonsense. But with Divot's ten-year course of treatment, you eventually admit that there is no excuse for your game. Explore techniques to control your anger and depression. Then ponder why you would put that monumental achievement at risk by trying to golf. Discover that having confidence in your game is the surest way to shatter your confidence. Consider why golf magazines constantly offer new tips for curing the same problems that were supposedly cured by the tips offered in previous issues. Find out how to heighten your disappointment by pretending you have some control over where your ball will go. You may not cure your golf affliction with The Fundamentals of Quitting Golf, but at least you'll have a good laugh trying.
A DISORDERLY COMPENDIUM OF GOLF
by Lorne Rubenstein
“Golf is full of quirky bits and pieces along with stories and information. There’s something on every page of this entertaining book to interest and amuse every golfer. Not surprising with Lorne Rubenstein involved—one of the best.” —Arnold Palmer
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 3 L 5 D
DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Golf Pros
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Inn check-in from 4:00 p.m. Take golf clubs to the bag drop at the end of the circular main driveway. The golf shop will tag and store your bag (and shoes if you like) all week. Remember to bring your nametag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you check in at the front desk and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We’ll also meet our professionals from the Tillinghast Golf Academy. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our programming at Retreat locations includes opportunities for light morning exercise, interaction with members of the local community, a farm-to-table meal, and evening entertainment. The program is designed to accommodate both beginners and experienced golfers. During golf instruction sessions, we will divide into smaller groups and rotate between a series of learning stations. We will then be divided further for more personalized instruction. Each participant will have a half-hour private lesson at some point during the week. You may bring your own golf clubs or borrow a set from the golf shop with a request in advance. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. at the Inn.

Evening: We will gather with the Tillinghast Golf pros who will provide more details on our golfing program including an overview of the skills and techniques we will learn. Following the session, there will be an opportunity for Q&A. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Golf Lessons, Nine Hole Practice, Local History
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,L,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Pre-breakfast stretching session led by a member of staff. Walking 15-30 yards per hole from cart to green; primarily flat, manicured terrain. Golf carts will be used to carry equipment between holes.

Breakfast: In the Inn's River Room Restaurant.

Morning: We’ll ride golf carts to the practice areas. During golf instruction sessions with our pros, we will divide into groups and rotate between a series of learning stations, focusing sequentially on full swing, short game, putting, and bunker play. We will then divide further for more personalized instructions. At some point during the week, each participant will have a half-hour private lesson with a golf pro and will be pulled from the station rotation for this learning experience. Shawnee’s golf course was the first designed by famed architect Albert Warren Tillinghast (1876-1942). It debuted in 1911, setting Tillinghast on a distinguished career, and has become one of the most prized golf courses in the northeast U.S.

Lunch: At the Inn.

Afternoon: Under the supervision of our pros, we’ll play nine holes on Shawnee’s 27-hole championship golf course, working on the skills we learned during the morning instruction. Those who wish to continue playing independently for the rest of the afternoon are welcome to do so at no additional cost.

Dinner: At the Inn.

Evening: We will gather with a local expert for a presentation on area history featuring fascinating stories and hundreds of historical photographs and slides to learn about the fascinating people and experiences of life in Shawnee on Delaware.

DAY
3
Golf Lessons, Master Class, Play Golf, Concert
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,L,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Pre-breakfast stretching session led by a member of staff. Walking 15-30 yards per hole from cart to green; primarily flat, manicured terrain. Golf carts will be used to carry equipment between holes.

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: We’ll continue our small group instruction with the Tillinghast professionals. The Shawnee golf course was built by Charles Campbell Worthington and completed in 1910. In 1912, Worthington invited professional golfers from around the world to compete on his course, which led to the formation of the Professional Golfers Association.

Lunch: At the Inn.

Afternoon: We will learn from our best golf instructors in a special Master Class. They will demonstrate a variety of drives and approaches using all the skills we have been taught. We’ll have an opportunity to play 9 holes independently following the Master Class.

Dinner: At the Inn. We will enjoy a farm-to-table meal presented by our Executive Chef featuring famous Pennsylvania dishes.

Evening: The Shawnee Institute concert series, open to the public, presents a variety of performing groups throughout the year. In tonight’s concert, we’ll hear local musicians. This is a great opportunity for community engagement with audience members and performers.

DAY
4
Golf Lessons, Free Time, Approach Course
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Pre-breakfast stretching session led by a member of staff. Walking 15-30 yards per hole from cart to green; primarily flat, manicured terrain. Golf carts will be used to carry equipment between holes. Keep clubs after morning instruction to play the approach course tonight.

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: We’ll continue our small group instruction with the Tillinghast professionals. An early fixture on the PGA tour for more than 20 years from 1916 to 1937, Charles Campbell Worthington’s course hosted the PGA Championship in 1938.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration. Playing golf on our course during free time today is available for a fee. Road Scholar participants will have a discounted rate. Please inquire with the Group Leader if interested.

Dinner: At the Inn.

Evening: We’ll play the Tillinghast Approach Course, a nine-hole, Par 3 layout. It’s also known as a Pitch-and-Putt course due to the short length of the holes — often no longer than 130 yards — to practice our enhanced skills.

DAY
5
Golf Lessons, Nine Hole Practice, Putting Contest
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B,L,D
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Activity note: Pre-breakfast stretching session led by a member of staff. Walking 15-30 yards per hole from cart to green; primarily flat, manicured terrain. Golf carts will be used to carry equipment between holes.

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: We’ll continue our small group instruction with the Tillinghast professionals. Our golf course was designed by famed architect Albert Warren Tillinghast, for whom the Golf Academy is named. Tillinghast designed more than 250 golf courses and was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.

Lunch: At the Inn.

Afternoon: Putting all of our new skills together, we’ll play nine holes on Shawnee’s 27-hole championship golf course. Those who wish to continue playing independently for the rest of the afternoon are welcome to do so. Before dinner, everyone will have an opportunity to compete in the putting contest. It will provide surprises with challenging twists and turns to test our new and improved putting skills.

Dinner: At the Inn. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Shawnee on Delaware, PA
B

Activity note: Inn check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the Inn. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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