Practice with the Pros

By: Carling Nolan


You get to watch them every week on television, but don’t you ever wonder where these PGA and LPGA players are practicing?

Wouldn’t it be great to walk to the driving range and hit next to the best of the best? Hitting next to Tiger Woods until you have the same swing tempo seems like something that only happens in TV commercials. Until now!

Recently I asked some of my fellow professional golfers where they are practicing in Florida, and believe it or not, a lot of their answers were public courses! Today we will get an inside look at Pernilla Lindberg. She is ranked top 60 on the LPGA, placed 11th at the 2013 Women’s British Open, and she loves practicing at the Marriott Golf Academy in Orlando!

The Mariott Golf Academy is no stranger to professional golfers, and completely open to the public. Sitting on an enormous Marriott resort, this academy is only minutes from Sea World and Disney.  

I asked Pernilla why she thought this academy was such a popular spot and she answered, “This is a great practice facility that is excellent for improving all aspects of my game. It has a huge driving range with tee boxes all around, four different short game greens and one huge putting green.”

I used to train in my offseason in Orlando, and the Marriott Golf Academy was also my favorite place to practice. You could easily spend all day in this golfer’s paradise!

One of the popular spots to find the professionals was at the practice pitching area, an excellent spot to work on those tricky 30-80 yard shots. I personally enjoyed the nine-hole practice course, which I used as a relaxing way to finish up my practice day. It’s also the perfect spot to take your kids to teach them some swings!

So if you’ll be in the Orlando area, come on out to the Marriott Golf Academy and practice with the pros!

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