The Ko Olina Golf Academy has debuted on Oahu’s Leeward Coast,
offering personalized instruction as well as group and corporate
golf schools each professionally designed to help meet individual
performance goals. Located within the 642-acre Ko Olina Resort
& Marina master-planned community, the Ko Olina Golf Club
features an 18-hole Ted Robinson-designed course.
“We have purchased a great digital video system, also know as VI
Technology, which will allow us to give a state of the art
computer-aided video lesson to every student in our schools,”
explained Greg Nichols, Ko Olina Golf Club’s general manager. “This
is just the beginning. We will be introducing many more learning
tools and even greater facilities as the Academy grows.”
The Ko Olina Golf Academy features a student to instructor ratio
of four to one to optimize each learning experience. Every student
receives a personal evaluation and digital video lesson, and both
full-day and two-day schools include lunch.
“We really try to make the golf swing simple,” said Nichols.
“It’s not rocket science. When a person leaves the school, we want
them to understand what makes their swing work. We want them to
understand the individual things they need to do in practice and
play to make their game better.”
The half-day school is geared to the golfer wishing to develop
or review their fundamentals and improve their scoring shots around
the green. The program covers putting, chipping, pitching, bunker
shots and a digital video lesson on a participant’s full swing.
Held from 8-11:30 a.m., the half-day session is $185 per
“This has been our most popular school so far,” added Nichols.
“We really emphasize the short game and how to score better. After
school, students can immediately apply what they’ve learned on the
Designed for the serious or experienced golfer, the full-day
school is held from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for $350 per person.
Highlighted are the short game and full swing, with special
emphasis on pre-shot routine, swing improvement through improved
practice habits and identification of a participant’s personal best
For those wanting to take it to the extreme, a two-day school
offers a comprehensive and personalized program for learning to
play the game more consistently, including in-depth instruction on
both full swing and short game. On-course instruction is emphasized
to help develop shot strategies, learn to read greens and handle
all types of lies and playing conditions. The session also teaches
better practice skills so students can continue to improve their
game on their own.
Other Ko Olina Golf Academy services include individual
instruction, video lessons, club-fitting sessions, group specialty
clinics, playing lessons, junior lessons and parent junior