UNIVERSITY PARK – There’s no better time to tune up your golf game than now. University Park Country Club’s Golf Academy offers golfers a variety of clinics in February to sharpen their skills and lower their scores.

Open to members and non-members, participants benefit from having head golf pro Ashley Hayden, former South African Open champion and assistant golf pro Clinton Whitelaw, and LPGA Legends Tour player and head teaching golf pro Sue Ertl share their skill, knowledge and acumen.

February School & Clinic Schedule

Saturday Morning Drop-In Clinics with Sue Ertl

Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 per person/per clinic

Call the Pro Shop at 941-359-9999 for each week’s topic

2-Day Golf School

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, February 5-6

Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: $299 per student ($100 deposit required)

Improve your entire golf game including your full swing, chipping, pitching, bunker play and putting techniques and skills. Students also receive video analysis instruction plus one lunch voucher.

Men’s & Ladies’ Golf Clinics

Dates: Men’s clinics are held every Tuesday: February 6, 13, 20, 27

Ladies’ every Wednesday: February 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (same time for all dates)

Cost: $25 per person/per clinic

All golfers are welcome including members and non-members. Weekly topics include putting, chipping, irons, driver, hybrids, bunker play and specialty shots. The weekly clinics are a great way for participants to improve their game in a group setting with a friendly atmosphere. Maximum class size is 10 with a minimum 5:1 student/instructor ratio.

Get Golf Ready 1.0

Dates: Five-week series February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6

Time: 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $125 per person

Designed for the new golfer or anyone who wants to be reintroduced. All aspects of the game will be covered from putting to on-course instruction. Build a strong foundation for your future in the game of golf. Golf clubs provided, if you need them. Bring yourself and a willingness to learn.

Clinic and a Cocktail

Date: Friday, February 16

Time: 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Cost: $35 (includes post-clinic cocktail)

Warm up clinic and then play three holes on the course with your pro. This clinic is a great way to

improve your golf in a group setting with a friendly atmosphere followed by a refreshing cocktail.

1-Day Golf School

Date: Monday, February 19

Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: $175 per person

Players start off with a full swing analysis using the #1 video analysis software in golf. Short game mechanics and bunker play. Putting techniques and skills improvement. This school covers the major aspects of each participant’s game during the 3-hour school, and includes one lunch voucher.

3-Day Total Golf School

Date: Monday-Wednesday, February 26-28

Time: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. each day

Cost: $349 per person ($100 deposit required)

This comprehensive and thorough program covers all aspects of golf: driver, woods, hybrids, irons, bunker, chipping, putting and video analysis. Golf package includes one lunch coupon and school gift. Complimentary range balls in the afternoon of school days.


Advance registration required and space is limited. Register in person at the Pro Shop or call 941-359-9999.

About University Park Country Club

Located at 7671 The Park Boulevard in University Park, Fla., University Park Country Club is open to the public for daily golf play, as well as daily lunch and Sunday Brunch at the Park Grille & Café. Consistently honored with numerous “Best of Sarasota” awards from Sarasota Magazine and the Herald-Tribune, including Best Place to Play Golf and Tennis, Dining with a View, and Best Sunday Brunch, the Golf Digest 4-Star rated club’s Golf Academy provides hourly, single an multi-day clinics and social events for men and women, a Junior Golf Academy program and flexible options for seasonal and summer golf memberships, tournaments, and social functions for up to 200 people. For more information, visit or call 941-359-9999.

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