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Saddlebrook Golf Academy — Professional Tampa Golf Lessons

Saddlebrook Golf Academy is one of the leading Florida golf schools, and prides itself on offering comprehensive player development and instructional programs to golfers of all abilities. Our professional instructors offer various programs and private Tampa golf lessons tailored to accomplish each player's individual goals and identify areas for improvement while promoting a winning attitude. Performance coaching sessions, private lessons, group clinics, Junior Camps and 'Play With a Pro' lessons are just the beginning. You can also perfect your swing at the Saddlebrook Golf Training Center and Range, and practice what you learn on Saddlebrook's two Arnold Palmer championship courses.

Improve Your Game at Our Tampa Golf Training Center

Designed by Mike Angus, golf architect for the Phil Mickelson Golf Course Design Company, the 16-acre Saddlebrook Golf Training Center and Range encompasses every element of the game as well as state-of-the-art TrackMan, SamBalanceLab, and SamPuttLab technology. Resort guests, visitors, club members, students and touring professionals find challenging and valuable golf play in this multi-faceted training facility. Golfers can train with one of our professionals or score themselves while rotating through the practice stations.

Covering over 70,000 square feet, the Super (East) Tee is across from our Digital Golf Learning Studio, featuring an indoor hitting bay and the most advanced video swing analysis software available. TrackMan™ uses sophisticated data on moment of impact; Sam BalanceLab, measures motion and weight transfer with a high caliber sensor; and Sam PuttLab, diagnoses the ball’s roll after contact with an ultrasound radar tracking system. From the back of the Super Tee, you can drive the ball to target greens a distance of over 300 yards (max. 360), while specially designed mounds help players practice every type of uphill and downhill shot. You can also step up your short game on the Scoring Zone, an over 10,000-square-foot green with a bunker and multiple chipping areas.

The 12,000-square-foot Lesson Tee is designed to improve each player's complete game with practice shots on multiple target greens. Here you’ll find a 14,000-square-foot Tif-Eagle putting green as well as a 5,000-square-foot Wedge Green, designed to practice shots from all types of lies from 100 to 20 yards in. Rounding out the area is the 7,000-square-foot Chipping Green featuring Mini-Verde ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass.

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Golf Coaches Bios

Mark Hirschey

Class A PGA Member

Mark is a Class A PGA Professional elected to membership in 1988 by the Professional Golfers Association of America. He is recertified during each certification period by attending continuing education classes from the PGA. He served as an apprentice at Summit Chase Country Club, and later as Head Professional at Metropolitan Golf and Tennis Club and Cross Creek Golf Club for 10 years. In 1998, he came to Saddlebrook Resort and became a certified Arnold Palmer Instructor teaching juniors and adult classes. In 2004, he was appointed as the Director of the Saddlebrook Prep Junior program. He has developed numerous nationally ranked players, including Martin Ureta, who was the number two ranked junior player in the country by Golfweek (2003), went on to graduate from the University North Carolina, and now plays on the Nationwide Tour. Mark has had many players go on and play at the Division 1 level and obtain scholarships.

Mike Tali

Certified Instructor

Michael has been a golf professional since 1988 and has been employed at Saddlebrook Resort since 1990. He was a certified Arnold Palmer Instructor at the World Headquarters for eighteen years    and three years as a Master Instructor with Bann Lynch Golf.  Mike started his teaching career at the age of twenty when he became a professional ski instructor in southeast Michigan. Mike was born in Flint Michigan and grew up in the Detroit area where after playing in junior high and four years in high school, he attended Northwood University. Mike started playing competitive golf at the age of twelve and still is very competitive today, finishing runner up in his playing ability test for the P.G.A. while spending over ten years in the organization. In addition to providing adult instruction at Saddlebrook Golf Academy, Mike has coached multiple district and regional champions in both the boys and girls divisions, along with nationally ranked juniors who have made the top 10 in the AJGA rankings, along with multiple collegiate players. Mike is very proud to have instructed and coached students who have choose to become golf professionals in their own right, with some that have gone on to play at a tour level. Mike really enjoys teaching golfers of all skill levels and has over twenty five thousand hours of golf instruction from the beginner to the professional golfer.

Doug Fisher

Certified Instructor

Doug has been intricately involved with the Saddlebrook Resort for the past five years. Doug currently coaches students in our full-time golf academy as well as the summer camp and adult golf programs. Doug helps all of his players set and reach their goals and objectives. In 2016, Doug completed the Saddlebrook Coaching Certification Program. Doug is an apprentice and enrolled in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) PGM program. Doug is an outstanding member of the North Florida PGA Section.

Doug is a native of Ohio where he played competitive golf for several years. As a freshman he qualified for Ohio State High School State Championship. Doug took a break from his golfing passion to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy for seven years. Doug routinely participates in golf tournaments in the Tampa Bay area. Doug currently coaches both junior and adult players at all levels.

Joe McWhorter

First Assistant Golf Professional / Golf Instructor

Joe has been a golf professional since 2010, and has been a member of the Saddlebrook team since 2012. Joe has a degree in golf course management from the Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, Florida. Prior to becoming a golf professional Joe proudly served his country, and is a combat veteran of the United States Army. Joe served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom during his enlistment. Joe has been coaching men and women of all ages since 2010. He has been the head coach of multiple clinics, camps and training programs to better improve his students swing fundamentals. Joe’s swing philosophies are simple and effective. He believes everyone’s swing is unique to them. Joe’s goal is to mix his students unique swing characteristics with correct positions of the golf swing and proper rotational elements, to create a golf swing that can be repeated effortlessly.

Jan-Michael Norman

Certified Instructor

Jan-Michael started playing golf at the age of 5 and grew up in Panama City, Panama. He was an accomplished junior player, playing several tournaments representing Panama and helping his team win several championships. After moving to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. He played several events in local mini tours as well as in the Latin America PGA tour. Jan-Michael is currently in the PGA program working toward his PGA Class "A" membership. Jan-Michael's passion to help others play golf better comes from his own experiences with golf instruction as a junior and professional player. He has attended numerous national and local PGA Teaching seminars in his continuous ambition to be the best and learned firsthand from PGA instructors. Jan-Michal has coached players that have won tournaments at the Junior, College, and Amateur level. His patient demeanor coupled with his attention to detail and desire to help every student improve ensures a high level of instruction. Jan-Michael prides himself on the fact that he is always learning and continuously striving to become a better instructor.