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Larger facility in Myrtle Beach gives The Golf Academy of America room to grow

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Since first opening its doors in 1976, the Golf Academy of America has placed thousands of students into the work force behind golf course management. It has campuses in Orlando, San Diego, Dallas and Phoenix but Jim Hart, president at the Myrtle Beach campus, believes the academy's new location tops the others.

"I travel between the five schools and Myrtle Beach wasn't necessarily a bad spot as far as the facility but it was the fifth best of the ones we had,” reflected Jim Hart; President, Golf Academy of America - Myrtle Beach. “Now, I think we got the best one so it's very, very nice."

After outgrowing its old location, the move offered a 25,000 square foot facility with the ability to add new features and fine-tune some old ones.

"And in this bay, the guy can rock back and forth on his feet and the rectangle underneath him will pick up a foot print,” said Matthew McCarty; Enrollment Services Counselor, Golf Academy of America. “It automatically records each time he swings to show the dynamic balance and the weight-shift."

But the institution's growth is not specific to the facility's physical qualities. McCarty tells me the growth of technology has allowed for instruction to always be within a student's reach.

“These guys can get an email of their lesson with a voiceover with instructions of exactly what to fix so while their standing on the driving range, working on their game,” said Matthew McCarty; Enrollment Services Counselor, Golf Academy of America. “They can review everything they went over in the lesson."

The $8,500 in tuition helps cover the cost of learning the ins and outs of golf course management. Courses cover tournament management and club repair, just to name a few; all small gains that help the sport grow.

“Golf is only played by one out of 10 people in the United States,” said Hart. “People that want to get into the golf business is a pretty small percentage of people when you get right down to it.”

Hart says the academy won't have an accurate assessment as to how the new facility has aided enrollment until a little later down the line but points out they could get a small indication when the school tees off a fresh semester on May 5th.

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