The dog days of winter can be a real drag for most North Americans waiting to dust off the golf clubs and resume their normal weekend routine. Even when those cold spring days arrive, it takes a while to gain the same confidence one had the prior autumn when their game was just rounding into form. Well, Casa de Campo’s Golf Learning Center is here to help.
La Romana is a year-round oasis where many come to relax and play the No. 1 golf course in the Caribbean, but also take advantage of the world-class learning center. Golfers can fine-tune their game before or after attacking one of the three Pete Dye-designed gems: The Links, Dye Four and the celebrated Teeth of the Dog. When playing in paradise there is no need to get frustrated, only improve before the golf season begins back home.
The state-of-the-art facility is led by Eric Lillibridge, PGA professional and established instructor at the resort for over a decade. Highlighted by TrackMan and BODITRAK technology, it features two indoor hitting bays for rapid game improvement, year-round training, individual and group golf lessons and schools, and expert club-fitting and repair.
Residing on 21 acres of “pure grass,” the PGA Tour-quality facility also showcases practice greens for honing putting, chipping and pitching games as well as unlimited use of the pristine outdoor range for full shots. On-course instruction is also available on the resort’s three courses.
“When visiting Casa de Campo, it would be a huge mistake to overlook the Golf Learning Center,” says Lillibridge. “Each golfer I work with is amazed by the TrackMan Virtual Simulator technology and how much they can improve in such a short amount of time.”
Players will learn extensively through TrackMan’s “smash factor,” the ratio between ball speed and club speed through each shot. The higher the smash factor means the better the energy transfer resulting in longer distances. A golfer would hope to achieve a smash factor near 1.50 on drives.
The learning center is also a place where a golfer could go for a complete swing overhaul or focus on a minute detail to help their game fall right into place. Whether it’s hitting hundreds of seven irons until the club is mastered or a lesson completely focusing on feet positioning and weight transfer, there are endless opportunities to improve. Golf is a sport where one can feel they have been trying to arrive at a level of respectability for months, so any chance for a head start on competition is cherished.
Our late friend Pete Dye once said, “life is not fair, so why should I make a course that is fair.” So, it might be in one’s best interest to stop by the learning center before trying to tackle one of his three magnificent golf courses on property.