Hank Haney Academy finds home at Bluffton's Pinecrest

International Junior Golf AcademyHank Haney International Junior Golf Academy has reached an agreement with Pinecrest Golf Club in Bluffton, SC making Pinecrest the exclusive golf training facility for the Academy.  According to Hank Haney IJGA CEO Mark Gonsalves, “we are excited to consolidate our golf training at Pinecrest and see our students enjoy the many benefits of the move, not the least of which is more time with Hank Haney.”

Students will also notice improvements in the practice facility, including a new 15,000 sq. ft. putting green, an improved short-game area and a larger practice range at the 7,143-yard course.

Academy students will enjoy student-member benefits of Pinecrest Golf Club, which will allow them weekend access not only to the practice facility but the course as well.  As Mr. Gonsalves explained, “we believe students having access to the practice facility and course on non-tournament weekends is a major improvement for our program.”

Mr. Gonsalves also announced the addition of The Reserve at Woodbridge to the growing housing campus for High School Students. This new-gated housing complex is in the Woodbridge Community in Bluffton, in close proximity to Pinecrest Golf Club. “When we conducted our search for housing, key factors were safety, location, atmosphere, amenities and quality. We are truly excited by this new addition to our housing,” Mr.Gonsalves said.

Hank Haney teaches at Harbour Town Golf LinksPost Graduate students will continue to live at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Campus and train at Pinecrest. 

Academy students will also have the opportunity to have meals at Pinecrest Golf Club. Pinecrest’s chef will create menus especially geared for the students when they eat at the club. An assigned Hank Haney IJGA staff member will monitor the student’s nutritional intake and provide feedback to insure a quality experience.
“Our intention is to be the number one academy for serious junior golfers in the world. We feel these changes are consistent with that goal,” Mr.Gonsalves concluded.

About Pinecrest

After 40 years of success in Atlanta, Canongate Golf Club opened a member-only facility in Hilton Head Island. Canongate-at-Pinecrest opened November 22, 2004, and is a fantastic addition to the Canongate family of clubs. The 18-hole facility was designed by Rocky Roquemore.

This 7,143-yard layout was designed to be enjoyable yet challenging for all levels, offering beautiful water features and creative bunkers.

This is the first Canongate club located outside of the metro-Atlanta area. 


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