Tuesday, August 12, 2014


                                                   DAVID LEADEBETTER


Regarded by many as the leading golf instructor in the world, David Leadbetter will be on hand to officially open his new Leadbetter Golf Academy at Spain’s five-star La Manga Club resort in September.
Leadbetter, who is based in Florida, is set to fly in to perform the opening ceremony on Monday, September 15 at his latest academy, which provides the centrepiece of a €1million redevelopment of La Manga Club’s extensive teaching and practice centre.
Among the new facilities on offer, the new academy – the only such facility in mainland Spain – will have two tuition rooms, both equipped with the latest technology including Trackman, SAM PuttLab and K-VEST. 
The first David Leadbetter Golf Academy was established in 1983 and the opening of the new La Manga Club facility means that there are now 28 full-time David Leadbetter Golf Academies spread across 13 countries.

As part of his visit to La Manga Club, Leadbetter will also give a series of one-to-one tuition sessions to a limited number of resort guests, local juniors and selected members of the media, where they can experience the award-winning venue’s outstanding new practice facilities.
 La Manga Club’s practice centre now has four short-game areas for bunkers and chipping, three large putting greens and four teaching classrooms which are ideal for visiting professionals on tuition breaks.
On the driving range, two 36-metre Huxley grass tees, three extra mat teeing areas and a 150-metre wide, 35-metre deep grass tee area have been installed for hitting to a number of new targets on the extended 300 metre-long range.
A number of trees and artificial bunkers have been added to give better definition to the range targets and its surroundings.

Gary Silcock, pictured right, La Manga Club’s Scots-born director of golf who designed its new practice centre, said: “This great new facility will allow the Leadbetter Golf Academy to be at the hub of the resort’s golf operation, and we have been very careful to design the facility with all business sectors in mind.
“The pro-group business during the winter period is very important to the whole business and, with this in mind, we have designed four classrooms so they can have their own ´office' space



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