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Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management’s Grande Dunes Golf Academy To Open In July

March 15, 2004--Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management’s Grande Dunes Golf Academy is scheduled to open this July at the Grande Dunes Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Grande Dunes Golf Academy is designed to provide golfers at all playing levels access to advanced coaching technology in a relaxed learning atmosphere. The one-day golf school will start at $189 per person, including a round of golf at Grande Dunes in the afternoon and a Grande Dunes Golf Academy Welcome Package of various golf items.

Beginning next fall, the Grande Dunes Golf Academy will debut a three-day school, which will be offered during the fall and spring seasons only. In addition, the golf academy will schedule various junior golf programs that parallel local area schools’ breaks and vacations.

“We’re very eager to get the golf academy underway this summer,” said Robert Harper, director for Grande Dunes Golf Academy. “Our main goal is to have each academy participant leave our school with an appreciation of golf as fun and an understanding that golf rules and techniques can be learned without high stress. We will use the most advanced coaching technology along the Grand Strand, so when our students leave, they will better understand the mechanics of the game, as well as how they can reach their individual goals.”

The Grande Dunes Golf Academy will be taught by the Grande Dunes PGA golf professionals. Each teacher will monitor student skill and progress using the V-1 Coaching System and the Golf Achiever Launch Monitor. With the V-1 Coaching System, four cameras film a student from four different angles during his swing. Afterwards, the teacher breaks down the swing’s components, helping the golf academy participant understand his own swing technique and patterns. This gives the teacher and student a better understanding of what level at which to start the lesson. At the end of the golf academy session, the student is given the V-1 lesson on CD, which encourages repeated viewing and practice.

The Golf Academy will also employ the services of the Golf Achiever Launch Monitor, a computerized laser machine used by professional TOUR players to improve distance off the tee an additional six to seven yards. At the point of impact, the laser measures the spin ratio of the ball, where it hits the club face, and indicates where the ball will land before the ball hits the dirt. The total measurement is based on the club face and the softness of the ball, which defines what kind of club and ball are best for the student.

“For those who can’t wait until summer to get started, we have a personalized lesson program available now,” said Harper. “We use the same coaching technology that will be available at the academy with our students, and they receive one-on-one attention.”

More information about the Grande Dunes Golf Academy is available by calling (843-449-7070).

About Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management

Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management, created in 2001 to provide operations and marketing services to golf course properties, has quickly emerged as a Grand Strand leader. Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management currently manages four Burroughs & Chapin Company golf courses and three other courses. It is one of the largest golf management entities along the Grand Strand.

Burroughs & Chapin Company has been an active member of the Myrtle Beach golf community for more than 30 years as the owner of Myrtlewood Golf Club, a 36-hole complex that opened in 1966. The company built and developed Grande Dunes Golf Course, which is on Golf Magazine's list of the top 10 new courses, and owns Pine Lakes International Country Club, Myrtle Beach's first course.

Aware of the company’s track record of success, Tidewater Golf Club, the Grand Strand's most honored course, turned to Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management for its services. Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management also manages Farmstead Golf Links and Meadowlands Golf Club.

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