Timber Creek hosts consecutive-day golf school

Golfer Development Academy seeks to provide unique teaching approach
By: Press Tribune sports staff
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Golf lessons typically run on a periodic basis and are rarely offered on consecutive days where progress can be closely monitored and necessary changes made immediately. Realizing the need for an alternative to the average golf lesson, Timber Creek Golf Course in Roseville has established the Golfer Development Academy, which offers three straight days and a combination of 12 hours of instruction. The unique teaching program is the only multi-day golf school in the Sacramento region. The Academy still has three sessions remaining in 2009: June 24-26; Sept. 2-4; Oct. 7-9. All sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include a half-hour lunch. Introduced by Timber Creek head professional Mark Gouger, the goal of the Golfer Development Academy is for golfers to discover their individual game without boundaries or parameters. Golfers can choose to stay on the driving range and practice areas for the majority of their instruction or receive on-course teaching tips while playing golf on the well manicured 27-hole Timber Creek facility at Sun City Roseville, located at 7050 Del Webb Blvd. in West Roseville. All facets of the game – from tee to green – will be emphasized in the three days and 12 hours of instruction. Cost is $599 per golfer, which includes video analysis, green fees, unlimited range balls, and a daily half-hour lunch specials prepared by executive chef Kevin Huff. “The Golfer Development Academy is unique to the Sacramento region and is a wonderful way to really focus on your game for three consecutive days,” Gouger said. “We offer a fun, informative program that provides immediate feedback in our practice areas and also in our playing sessions on the course. We diagnose any problem you may be having, let you view a video analysis tape, then go to work on improving your technique. Our students have unanimously taken positive steps to improver their game and ultimately lower their golf scores.” The Academy is limited to 12 people and the teaching ratio is no more than 4-1 for each instructor. An acclaimed PGA professional, Gouger leads the Academy instruction along with veteran teaching professional Chris Beachley. Mike Pereira had this to say about his experience at the Golf Academy. “I have taken quite a few golf lessons in the past two years – from group lessons to private lessons,” Pereira said. “The greatest advantage of the Timber Creek Golf Academy is that the instruction is four hours per day for three days in a row. The Academy will help me to improve now and in the future, which is priceless. My understanding and appreciation of the game has tremendously improved. Mark's knowledge of the game and his instruction style are the best I have had.” For more information, call the Timber Creek pro shop at (916) 774-3850 or visit and click on TCGDA.