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Tee Time on the Gulf: Learn From the Pros of the Original Golf School

Program No. 21807RJ
Learn from professionals through custom-tailored golf lessons and daily instruction as you improve your swing, situational play and on-course etiquette with the Original Golf School.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.69)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,799

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DATES & starting prices
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Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
1,799
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
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1,799
Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2023
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1,799
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
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1,799
Jan 21 - Jan 26, 2024
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1,849
Feb 11 - Feb 16, 2024
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1,849
Feb 25 - Mar 1, 2024
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1,849
Mar 17 - Mar 22, 2024
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1,849
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Jan 21 - Jan 26, 2024
Starting at
2,389
Feb 11 - Feb 16, 2024
Starting at
2,389
Feb 25 - Mar 1, 2024
Starting at
2,389
Mar 17 - Mar 22, 2024
Starting at
2,389

At a Glance

When the Green Mountains of Vermont are covered in snow, the teaching pros from the Original Golf School set up shop on Florida’s beautiful Gulf of Mexico. If you want to improve your game, then pack your clubs and come on down. Receive daily on-course instruction in small groups led by experienced Original Golf School pros, and enjoy outstanding resort accommodations on the wildlife-rich waters of Kings Bay. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the best this winter.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Golf instruction 4-5 hours each day; Both left and right hand rental clubs are available at an additional cost. Requires standing, walking, swinging of clubs outside on practice facilities and on the course.
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…

  • Get pointers on the short and long game, bunker play, putting and course management, all with a student-instructor ratio of no more than six to one.
  • Take home a golf pro’s analysis of your swing, recorded using JC Video Systems motion-analysis technology, and stay in email contact with your pro instructor throughout the season.
  • Learn principles of on-course etiquette, course management and USGA rules of the game in classes off the links.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Jay Morelli
Jay Morelli is the owner of The Original Golf School at Mount Snow, Vermont and The Plantation Golf Resort and Spa in Crystal River, Florida. He has served as the director for The Original Golf School since 1978, and until 2005 was also the director of golf at Mount Snow Golf Club. Jay was the winner of the Northeast New York State PGA Championship, a three-time U.S. Open local qualifying medalist and a two-time Vermont PGA Pro-Pro Champion. He has also won numerous awards for his work as a golf instructor, including the Bill Strausbaugh Award, the New England PGA Teacher of the Year award, and is a four-time recipient of Golf Digest’s “Best Teacher in State” award.

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

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Jay Morelli is the owner of The Original Golf School at Mount Snow, Vermont and The Plantation Golf Resort and Spa in Crystal River, Florida. He has served as the director for The Original Golf School since 1978, and until 2005 was also the director of golf at Mount Snow Golf Club. Jay was the winner of the Northeast New York State PGA Championship, a three-time U.S. Open local qualifying medalist and a two-time Vermont PGA Pro-Pro Champion. He has also won numerous awards for his work as a golf instructor, including the Bill Strausbaugh Award, the New England PGA Teacher of the Year award, and is a four-time recipient of Golf Digest’s “Best Teacher in State” award.
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.
Beginning Golf
by Jay Morelli and Bruce Curtis
"...this cogent, amply illustrated volume will certainly help novice golfers get started, and it provides a wealth of information for kids who have played a few rounds....begins with an overview; equipment, swing, full play, and short game. For those...ready to go a little further, there is information on course management, and tournament play, and...visualization....the chapter on golf etiquette is most welcome. The authors conclude their treatment with information on training devices and physical conditioning. Most of the color photographs illustrate technique, but there are some atmospheric shots, too, and the pictures feature a wide range of players...new golfers will find plenty to digest right here."--Booklist. "Any young person interested in learning to play golf will find this book informative and helpful....skills, equipment, courtesies, and competitions are clearly described and depicted. Attractive full-color photographs on every double-page spread clarify the text and show individuals...playing the game or exhibiting specific skills....strokes are shown in picture sequencing. The glossary provides additional information...An easy-to-read and informative how-to book."--School Library Journal.
Age is Not a Handicap: A Complete Guide to Playing Great Golf for Seniors
by Jay Morelli
From one of Golf magazine's top 50 teachers of the year, fundamental instruction for senior golfers of all skill levels Golf can be enjoyed forever, as evidenced by the millions of seniors playing today. In Age Is Not a Handicap, instructor Jay Morelli provides a thorough improvement plan for players over 50. With helpful step-by-step photographs and practice drills, Morelli offers solid instruction on: Game fundamentals Choosing and using the right equipment Getting good nutrition Mastering the mental game Exercising and stretching to stay in playing shape By following this comprehensive program, seniors will discover that their best golf is still ahead of them.
The Original Golf School Way
by Jay Morelli
How to improve your game with "The Accelerated Teaching Method."
365 Golf Tips & Tricks from Pros
by Jay Morelli
A golf tip a day helps keep the bogeys away! This handy, illustrated guide contains the very best advice from more than 60 PGA teaching pros, compiled by a PGA Teacher of the Year. Designed to improve the long game, chip and pitch shots, sand play, putting, physical conditioning, and more, these hints are what you'd learn if you paid thousands of dollars at a golf school, country club, or university. Color photos by a Sports Illustrated photographer clearly illustrate each skill! It's a must-have for every golf enthusiast.
Short Game Secrets of the Pros
by Jay Morelli
Lower your score with insider lessons from the very best teachers in the golf world Take strokes off your game and develop your own winning style of finesse and technique with Short Game Secrets of the Pros. Celebrated instructor Jay Morelli has interviewed dozens of tour professionals and teachers to give you on-the-green instruction. You'll learn how to: Sink putts using the penny-pitching approach of Winged Foot head professional Tom Nieporte Goose your bunker shots with PGA Hall of Famer Ken Morton Sr.'s “fried egg theory” Improve your stroke by playing “beat the clock” with PGA Hall of Famer Jim Brotherton Chip and pitch with pendulum power from Doug Dalziel of golf's legendary Carnoustie Club Use the lettering to align the ball like Tiger Woods with Joe Rehor, director of golf at Bethpage
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Crystal River, Florida
D
Plantation on Crystal River

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Remember to bring your nametag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived.

Dinner: At the resort.

Evening: Orientation. 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 will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. The director of the Original Golf School will talk about details of the program and the highlights ahead. Each full program day will include four hours of small group instruction and coaching. This multi-day curriculum features instruction and evaluation on every aspect of play with on-course guidance. There will be a pro assigned to each small group. The Original Golf School, founded in 1978, was one of the country’s first and continues to be one of the most trusted programs for golf enthusiasts who want to improve their game. The award-winning golf professionals have helped more than 90,000 golfers of all ability levels. The Original Golf School enjoys the use of their own private 9-hole course. 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Expert Instruction, Course Play, Pro Talk: Golf Etiquette
Crystal River, Florida
B,L,D
Plantation on Crystal River

Activity note: Standing, swinging, walking on course for approximately 4 hours; extent and duration of independent play and other afternoon activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the resort.

Morning: After an introductory talk on the teaching philosophy by a PGA professional, we will divide into small groups according to ability level. Each small group will be led by a Golf School Certified PGA pro who will work with each Road Scholar on aspects of swing basics, grip, putting, chipping, wood play, etc., as appropriate to individual skill and experience. Throughout the course of the week, all students will take part in an individual video analysis and will receive a copy of their video complete with a pro voiceover upon departure.

Lunch: At the golf club restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll continue to work with our pros in small groups this afternoon. Following the afternoon class, there will be free time for golf on your own at either the onsite Championship course or the 9-hole course. You may also choose to enjoy the resort amenities or leave the property on your own and explore many local attractions. Prior to dinner, we’ll meet as a group for a presentation by one of the PGA pros who will discuss golf etiquette. Unlike many sports, golf is played for the most part without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of each individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the rules. Golf etiquette means all players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, regardless of how competitive they may be. Far from being an old-fashioned concept, this is the spirit of the game.

Dinner: At the resort.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Expert Instruction, Course Play, Pro Talk: Course Management
Crystal River, Florida
B,L,D
Plantation on Crystal River

Activity note: Standing, swinging, walking on course for approximately 4 hours; extent and duration of independent play and other afternoon activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the resort.

Morning: We will continue with instruction and play with our PGA professionals, both at the practice facility and on course.

Lunch: At the golf club restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll continue to work with our pros in small groups this afternoon. Following the afternoon class, there will be free time for golf on your own at either the onsite Championship course or the 9-hole course. You may also choose to enjoy the resort amenities or leave the property on your own and explore many local attractions. Today’s pre-dinner presentation by one of the PGA pros will be on course management techniques.

Dinner: At the resort.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Expert Instruction, Course Play
Crystal River, Florida
B,L,D
Plantation on Crystal River

Activity note: Standing, swinging, walking on course for approximately 4 hours and independent play.

Breakfast: At the resort.

Morning: We will once again have instruction and play with our PGA professionals, both at the practice facility and on the course.

Lunch: At the golf club restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll continue to work with our pros in small groups this afternoon. Following the afternoon class, there will be free time for golf on your own at either the onsite Championship course or the 9-hole course. You may also choose to enjoy the resort amenities or leave the property on your own and explore many local attractions.

Dinner: At the resort.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
On Course Play, Scramble With Pro, Awards Ceremony
Crystal River, Florida
B,L,D
Plantation on Crystal River

Activity note: Standing, swinging, walking on course for approximately 4 hours and independent play; extent and duration of independent play and other afternoon activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the resort.

Morning: We'll enjoy a fun scramble tournament with our pros and fellow participants.

Lunch: At the golf club restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll continue to work with our pros in small groups this afternoon. Following the afternoon class, there will be free time for golf on your own at either the onsite Championship course or the 9-hole course. You may also choose to enjoy the resort amenities or leave the property on your own and explore many local attractions. Prior to dinner, we’ll gather for an awards presentation to the top finishers in this morning’s scramble tournament.

Dinner: At the resort. Share favorite experiences and enjoy camaraderie with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll gather with our pro for a final session reviewing high points of the program and answering any remaining questions. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Crystal River, Florida
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast: At the resort. 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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