May 14, 2014

Mistwood Performance Center Updates

A golfer reaching his or her maximum potential is the aim of the Mistwood Performance Center at Mistwood Golf Club. The Midwest’s premier golf and instruction facility provides unparalleled new junior and adult programs, customized golf instruction and state-of-the-art technology to make it happen.

The heralded invitation-only Committed Athlete Program (CAP), world-class instructors like Jim “Doc” Suttie, the 2000 PGA National Teacher of the Year, and top-of-the-line technology like TrackMan ball flight analysis, are just a part of what is available to assist the golfer.

“The modern coaching we offer combines technology and knowledge, and that is what makes us unique and helps us create a foundation for player success,” Performance Center Director Mike Baldwin said. “We focus on how players reach their potential and work with them on controlling the golf ball, decision making and managing intensity on the course. ”

The 5,000 square-foot Mistwood Performance Center, located at the south end of the practice range, sets the tone for the golfer with Irish-themed stone architecture and warm dark wood interior. It also includes a full-service bar along with eight flat-screen televisions to help create a perfect site for corporate and hospitality private gatherings.

Featured in Golf Range Magazine’s 2014 Top 50 Public Ranges, the Performance Center gets down to business with 11 climate controlled stations, two indoor heated bays for year-round work and analysis, 32 outdoor stations, the custom club-fitting room, the putting lab and a repair and club-building center.

High-tech teaching aides like TrackMan, the GC2 Smart Camera System, a SAM Putt Lab and the Quintic ball motion putting analysis system makes the center one of the best equipped game improvement facilities in the country. The “Online Academy” allows a golfer to review a lesson online because lessons are videotaped and archived.

“The technology we have is the same equipment being used by players on the PGA Tour.” Baldwin said. “This technology also allows us to combine proper club fitting with instruction creating the most dynamic situation possible.”

Suttie, annually one of America’s 50 Best Teachers according to Golf Digest and part of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teacher list, is embarking on his first full year with Mistwood. He joined an already impressive teaching staff of John Platt, the 2011 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year, Chris Ioriatti, a U.S. Kids Golf certified instructor, and Baldwin, a TPI certified golf coach.

“We have a standard of excellence at Mistwood that is unmatched,” Baldwin said. “Excitement, excellence and entertainment are the key parts of our identity. We want to make those three things happen for the golfer.”

Mistwood offers many unique adult programs for both men and women. The adult program combines both individual lessons and group training specifically designed to achieve success in all aspects of the game. The Pink Tee League was formed to provide women with group lessons and actual on course playing time to enhance their skills in a fun no embarrassment setting.

A comprehensive list of programs can be found at the Performance Center’s web site mpcgolf.com.

Individual lessons range depending on the instructor from $45 to $60 for 30 minutes and $80 to $100 for an hour. Lessons in blocks of 10 are also available.

Enrollment is currently underway for the Future Champions Program, which is aimed at elementary school-aged kids exploring golf, and the Junior Development Program, which is designed for the young golfer who wants to take their game to the next level and play high school golf.

The Future Champions Program features 10 Sunday sessions of 90 minutes each in June, July and August, costs $225 per golfer and is limited to the first 12 who register. The Junior Development Program runs in two-hour sessions for 11 weeks in June, July and August on Tuesday evenings for a cost of $350. It also has a limited number of spots. Contract Chris Ioriatti at 815-254-5773 or cioriatti@mistwoodgc.com with questions or to register for either program.

The CAP is designed to provide select, high-performance junior golfers with a comprehensive and systematic approach to training, competing, skill improvement and personal development. Spaces are limited and by invitation only. Golfers will have to complete an assessment with a CAP instructor.

Interested golfers should contact John Platt or Mike Baldwin at 815-254-5773 or at jplatt@mistwoodgc.com and mbaldwin@mistwoodgc.com.

More on the entire Mistwood facility, services and the championship golf course can be found at mistwoodgolf.net .

Mistwood Golf Club: Daniel Phillips PGA, Director of Golf dphillips@mistwoodgc.com

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