The members and guests of Vidanta Resorts as well as residents and visitors to Puerto Vallarta are in store for a treat as Jack Nicklaus' latest golf academy was inaugurated recently at the Nayar Vidanta course in Nuevo Vallarta. The Nicklaus Academy is the 15th such facility worldwide and third in Mexico. Located inside sprawling Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, which has luxury properties such as the Grand Luxxe, Grand Mayan and five more resorts, the academy gives visitors the added luxury of playing some strokes while holidaying in the lap of luxury.

The opening of the academy received positive remarks from PGA pros, avid golfers and weekend players whose games stand to benefit most from the elite instruction and training program. Golfer Mark DeWald took a two-hour flight from Phoenix for the grand opening and he wasn't disappointed. He said "I came here with the expectation of seeing another driving range with some teaching aids and the standard stuff," he said. "That wasn't the case. The range is huge with all sorts of targets and trees to hit at or around. The short game area was one of the largest I have seen. But the really cool part was the climate-controlled coaching studios that allow you to escape the heat, sun or rain while taking a lesson."

Leon Shwetz, a visiting golfer from Las Vegas by way of Canada remarked, "I think I have found heaven ... and in Nuevo Vallarta of all places." "The new Nicklaus Academy is unbelievable. I now have a place to come to get out of the cold or the heat, and just work on my golf game as much as I can stand."

Mike Malaska, PGA of America's 2011 National Teacher of the Year and the Nicklaus Academies' Worldwide Director of Instruction said that the experience of golfing here is like being on a course. Ted Simons, Executive VP / COO of Nicklaus Academies, called the new facility "one of the best I've seen anywhere in the world."

The academy experience includes tactical evaluation, on-course instruction and mental and physical evaluation and training programs. The lit driving range is designed with seven strategically placed target greens, complete with bunkers and palm trees, creating a realistic visual for the golfer working to shave strokes off their score. The facility's Director of Instruction is Bruce Summerhays Jr., a PGA professional from Utah whose father Bruce played on the PGA and Senior PGA tours.

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