World-Renowned Golf Instructor Open THEgolfacademy at Whirlwind Golf Club

He has spent more than a quarter-of-a-century teaching at some of the country’s finest golf facilities and, along the way, has garnered enough awards to fill a modest home.

Bill Forrest, former PGA of America National Teacher of the Year (2006) and four-time Southwest Section – PGA of America Teacher of the Year recently opened up THEgolfacademy at Whirlwind Golf Club in an agreement with Troon Golf and the Gila River Indian Community.

Bill Forrest

Located in Chandler, Arizona, Whirlwind is home to 36 holes of championship golf and the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa.

Whirlwind Golf Club

Working alongside another highly acclaimed golf instructor, Kent Chase, THEgolfacademy boasts a private, world-class practice facility, accentuated by a 30,000 square foot short game area.

“THEgolfacademy is world class facility and will provide the ultimate golf experience for golfers of all ages and abilities, but our main emphasis will be placed on the junior golfer,” said Forrest, member of he Canadian PGA from 1977-1982 before embarking on his teaching career in 1983 at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Florida, the acclaimed Riviera Country Club (CA) and TPC Scottsdale (AZ). “Working with Kent Chase, who is without question, one of America’s top junior golf instructors is a dream come true for me. Both of us are facilitators of learning and have an innate ability to evaluate a golfer’s strengths and weaknesses quickly and then administer a game improvement plan to bring about the desired results for each individual player. Using a holistic approach, the four building blocks: ball striking, short game, management and mental are given equal importance.

Kent Chase, SWSPGA Teacher of the Year in 2008, owned and operated The Kent Chase Golf Academy for nine years and was selected as one of the US Kids Top 50 Teachers for seven straight years. “Bill Forrest has a golf resume that is the envy of every teaching professional and to have the opportunity to work with him at a facility as special as Whirlwind is a tremendous accomplishment for me and something I am extremely proud and honored to be associated with,” said Chase.

Kent Chase has worked with some of the country’s top junior golfers including Cheyenne Woods, Kimberly Kim, Richard Lee, Trey Kaahanui, Jin Song and Danielle Ammaccapane among many others. “Kent’s stable of junior golfers over the years has been the finest anywhere and his unique ability to effectively communicate with the junior golfer is unparalleled,” added Forrest.

Also working with Forrest and Chase at THEgolfacademy will be Alex Fisher, who for the past year-and-a-half has been the Head Golf Instructor at the TPC Las Vegas. Originally from Nottingham, England, Fisher played in mini-tour events in Great Britain and in Europe. Fisher will instruct as well as direct operations; Diana McNab, sports psychologist and an eight-year member of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team.

McNab is a motivator and educator and specializes in helping elite athletes achieve their full potential and the realization of their dreams; Sean Ferris, former Assistant Executive Director of the Junior Golf Association and Arizona who was named SWSPGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year in 2004; Min Park, golf professional, who along with his wife Sunjoo both speak fluent English and Korean. Sunjoo will teach English to foreign golf students as well as provide music lessons to offer a well-rounded experience for golfers.

“One of our goals at THEgolfacademy is to not only hone the skills of the golfers on the course, but to augment that program with music and language development away from the fairways and greens,” said Forrest, a PGA Master Professional and GOLF Magazine “Top 100 instructor”.

Forrest has traveled the globe in plying his trade, having taught the game of golf in 45 countries and assisting with seven foreign national teams. As the former host of the PGA TOUR’s FBR Open Junior Golf Clinic, Forrest has worked with some of Arizona’s finest junior players most notably, Colin Wright, AZ State Amateur Champion; Grace Park of the LPGA TOUR and Julien Trudeau who captured the 2007 AZ Open Championship.

Juniors at THEgolfacademy will be able to choose from a variety of programs including after school group classes, three-day or five-day camps, monthly, semester or full time (nine-month) curriculums. Half-day workshops along with parent/child camps and individual instruction are also available. “Many of our junior players aspire to play collegiately and beyond and part of our program will emphasize life as a college player and pro tour player whereby we are also focusing on life’s lessons as well,” said Forrest.

For more information on THEgolfacademy, call (480) 703-8618 or visit


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