Orlando World Center Marriott announces addition of Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf

Orlando World Center Marriott, the world’s largest Marriott, announced the addition of the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf at the property’s award-winning Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. Regarded as the top golf academy in the world, operating in more than 10 countries, the Nicklaus Academies are known for providing the finest instruction, integrated technologies, physical and mental evaluations, conditioning, and training, as well as the philosophy of the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus.

“We’re excited to further enhance the offerings at Orlando World Center Marriott and Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, and the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf allows us to provide a new level of personalized instruction and student services, with the sole purpose of making everyone better, from the golf enthusiast to the first-time player,” said Ralph Scatena, General Manager of Orlando World Center Marriott.

Orlando World Center Marriott will officially celebrate the grand opening of the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club on Jan. 28, 2017, at 2 p.m., inviting guests and locals alike to tee off at this new locale. The grand opening activities include an introduction by Ted Simons, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Nicklaus Academies worldwide, and Mike Hodgins, PGA and Director of Golf at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. Other notable items include an introduction to the proven Nicklaus Academy philosophy followed by a 30-minute full swing, short game and putting clinic with hands-on instruction for guests by Mike Malaska, 2011 PGA National Teacher of the Year and the worldwide Director of Instruction for Nicklaus Academies; Billy Martin, Director of Instruction for the Nicklaus Academy at Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy; Brian O’Neill and other Nicklaus Academies instructors.

Recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Top 10 Teachers in Michigan, the resort welcomes PGA Professional Brian O’Neill as the academy’s Director of Instruction. In this role, Brian will oversee all golf operations at the academy including managing, supervising and directing the Nicklaus Academy Certified professional golf instructors as well as implementing the curriculum. Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to this position, having worked alongside some of America’s top golf instructors. Over the course of his career, Brian was notably the recipient of the Teacher of the Year and Michigan PGA Junior Golf Leader award in 2002, 2007 and 2013.

“Brian’s vast experience and extensive knowledge of the Jack Nicklaus philosophy and commitment to service make him the ideal choice for this position to build upon the legacy at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club,” said Mike Hodgins, Director of Golf at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. “We are delighted to welcome him as the newest member of our team.”

For over 25 years, Hawk’s Landing Golf Club has been considered by many to be a premier golf course in Central Florida and with the addition of the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, Orlando World Center Marriott is the ideal location for guests to stay, play and learn while also providing convention attendees the ultimate group clinic experience.

For additional information on the Nicklaus Academies, please visit nicklausacademies.com.