Mission Inn Resort & Club Teams with Gary Gilchrist to Offer New Golf Academy

New Summer Program Lets Protégés Train Like Professionals

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS – Mission Inn Resort & Club, just 45 minutes northwest of Orlando, is home to the new Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, designed for young golfers worldwide who are keen on becoming professionals. A new summer program, designed to produce results in the shortest period of time, launches today, announced Gary Gilchrist, its founder.

“Our mission is to prepare students technically, mentally and physically to succeed at the collegiate and professional level,” said Gilchrist. “We aim to provide the highest level of tournament competition training for all inspired junior golfers, and I believe Mission Inn Resort & Club is the ideal location for our home base."

Gilchrist’s summer golf camp is designed to accelerate each participant’s development. In addition to golf training, drills and analysis, the Monday though Friday program includes fitness training, sports psychology workshops and 9 holes of golf daily. Offered from June 16 – August 23, the program is priced at $1,150 per week (lunch only) or $1,650 per week, including three meals daily, accommodations and a full schedule of recreational activities. 

Mission Inn Resort & Club (www.missioninnresort.com) provides the perfect backdrop and recreational facilities for this champion-level training facility. Junior golfers attending the academy will have the opportunity to practice on the resort’s two world-class courses: the vintage El Campeón (“The Champion”) course, widely considered one of Florida’s finest, and Las Colinas (“The Hills”) course, which opened in 1992 and was designed by former PGA Tour Player Gary Koch. A brand new practice area is scheduled to open in August 2008.

For more information on the summer golf camps at Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, call toll-free 866-639-9099 or visit www.GGGA.com.

About Gary Gilchrist
With over a decade developing some of today’s most well-known and respected golfers, Gary Gilchrist has a proven track record for training champions. Regarded as the “MVP of coaches” by Golfweek, he most recently served as director of golf for the International Junior Golf Academy in South Carolina for three years and as director of golf at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., for 11 years prior to that. Gilchrist has directed the development of 75 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-Americans, six AJGA Players of the Year, three AJGA Sportsmanship award winners, two U.S. Amateur champions, two U.S. Junior champions, an NCAA Women’s champion, and one Public Links champion. For more information call toll-free 866-639-9099 or visit www.GGGA.com.

Mission Inn Resort & Club
Mission Inn Resort & Club is a resort destination nestled in rolling hills, just 45 minutes northwest Orlando. The property features 183 graciously appointed guestrooms and suites, four restaurants from casual to gourmet and a comfortable lounge. Recreational amenities include eight tennis courts, jogging and bicycling trails, volleyball courts, an outdoor pool and hydro-spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, two 18-hole championship golf courses, trap and skeet range and nautical center, located on nearby Lake Harris, where guests can fish, sail, powerboat and go eco-touring. The resort also offers 20,000 square feet of meeting space supported by the signature conference concierge services of Benchmark Hospitality International, which operates the resort. Central Florida’s storied antiques capital, Mt. Dora, and Orlando’s world-famous attractions are less than an hour away. For more information, call toll-free 800-874-9053 or visit www.missioninnresort.com.

Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™. The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark’s international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut. International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.


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