Waldorf Astoria Golf Club announces new Orlando golf academy led by Brian Mogg

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando is home to the new Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, led by prominent golf figure Brian Mogg as director of instruction, according to resort Managing Director Peter Kacheris.

Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy - Brian Mogg
Brian Mogg served as director of instruction at the David Leadbetter Academy from 1997-2001.
Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy - Brian MoggWaldorf Astoria Golf Club - 16th hole

The new golf academy will assist local, national and international golfers of all skill levels and ages in improving their game, using the popular Waldorf Astoria Golf Club as a "classroom."

Created by acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones, the 18-hole, 7,108-yard championship course is the first of its kind for the Waldorf Astoria brand. With its distinctive setting within the Bonnet Creek nature preserve, the course gives golfers a sense of being alone with nature.

Set to debut in March, the academy will offer private individual instruction for junior and adult players, with a comprehensive half-day, single-day and two-day golf school program. It will also offer corporate outings and clinics for groups attending conferences in Orlando, including the adjacent convention center at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

"We always envisioned a golf academy as the obvious next step for our golf club," said Kacheris. "Brian and his team have the experience and skill of instructing top championship players from PGA, LPGA, and Nationwide, in addition to many years of experience instructing individuals."

Over the past decade, golf coach Brian Mogg has emerged as a teacher and coach of champions. Since 2001, he has been a part of 22 victories on the PGA Tour, Nationwide, Champions and LPGA. The highlight was helping YE Yang to 3 victories in 2009-2010 and seeing him win the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, becoming the first Asian-born winner of a major championship. This year, another student, DA Points, won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, helped by an historic eagle on the 14th hole.

Mogg's other professional students include Bart Bryant, Skip Kendall, Jeff Gove, Greg Kraft, Rod Spittle, Meena Lee as well as several Tour players within Asia. Mogg played seven years on the PGA Tour (1986-90) and Nationwide Tour (1991-93). He has been providing instruction at the highest level since 1993, when he joined the David Leadbetter Academy. At the Leadbetter Academy, he eventually became the Director of Instruction from 1997-2001. In 2002, he opened the Brian Mogg Performance Center at Keene's Pointe focusing on developing the golfers' swing and all aspects of their short game.

Director of Golf Rob Turner said Mogg's commitment is not just to elite tour players.

"He enjoys the progress with coaching regular golfers and junior players," Turner said. "The opportunity to bring quality fundamentals to all players and see quick, consistent results is the core of his teaching and motivation."

Mogg participates in additional academies in Honolulu, Chambers Bay near Seattle, Oviinbyrd outside Toronto and in Seoul, Korea. He makes frequent appearances on the Golf Channel with live programs and tips that are aired frequently. A Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor, he has been part of that elite list since 2004. He also contributes articles for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Asian Golf Monthly. He lives in Orlando with his wife and four children.

Mogg will be joined by Reagan Earney, the academy's teaching professional. Before joining Brian, Earney spent over a decade as one of the most tenured and respected instructors at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Lake Nona and ChampionsGate. Earney and Mogg crossed paths in 1995 at DLGA and spent the next six years working together.

Visually stunning and immensely playable, the classic Waldorf Astoria Golf Club winds through a large wetland preserve, punctuated with stands of towering pines and stately cypress trees. Fairways meander past long stretches of shimmering lakes. The well-contoured greens require inventive approach shots and present a different challenge every round.

In its first year, the club has caught the attention of the golf community. It was named Golf Digest's 2009 best new public golf course, and made Golf magazine's prestigious list of Florida's "Top Courses You Can Play."

For its debut, Waldorf Astoria Golf Academy will offer the following course options:

Half-Day School:
With Brian Mogg - $325
Golf Academy Staff Member - $275

Full-Day School:
With Brian Mogg - $575
Golf Academy Staff Member - $495

Two-Day School:
With Brian Mogg - $1,150
Golf Academy Staff Member - $975

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