MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The new location for the Golf Academy of America on Mr. Joe White Avenue will open to students on Monday.
Jim Hart, the president of school, says the students and staff simply needed more space. And all the upgrades going into this school could be a hole-in-one for boosting enrollment. The Golf Academy of America is moving from the old location on Waccamaw Boulevard to a bigger facility on Mr. Joe White Avenue.
Hart says the new location within the city limits of Myrtle Beach will make the school more visible, generating more interest. It will also put the students in a position to work with many of the local Myrtle Beach golf courses simply because they're closer. The school's tuition includes two weekly rounds of golf at one of 76 area courses.
All of the required licenses and certificates were approved, giving everyone the green light to move into the building. The 25,000 square foot facility will have larger classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment. Hart says they decided it was time to focus on the Myrtle Beach location to bring everything up to par with their other four schools across the country.
School leaders upgraded all the equipment and technology. There will be new simulators, a putting lab, a computer lab, other practice spaces, and offices. The hope is all these upgrades will help boost enrollment numbers. Currently, 202 students are enrolled. In the fall, leaders expect that number to jump to around 300.
Leaders will start moving equipment into the building on Friday and will continue over the weekend. Classes will start on Monday.