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The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood welcomes all

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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood is open for its fourth year. Keith Lyford, director of instruction, is the only Top 100 Teacher on the Interstate 80 corridor from San Francisco to Reno, Nev. Lyfordandamp;#8217;s menu of instructional options is highly customized to offer individual golfers what they specifically need. As a former PGA Tour player, Lyford knows first-hand what it takes to compete at the highest level, and as a Top 100 Teacher since 1998, he knows how to convey that knowledge to his students. He earned the Top 100 Teacher recognition from Golf Magazine whose panel of expert judges selects from a pool of more than 28,000 Professional Golfersandamp;#8217; Association (PGA) of America professionals. Only the 100 most elite instructors receive this title, and he received this recognition again this year.To add to Lyfordandamp;#8217;s professional portfolio, he has been head instructor for some of the countryandamp;#8217;s most-respected golf schools and is a member of the Titleist Professional Advisory Board. Known for its mission to provide all levels of golfers the latest teaching techniques and technologies at a reasonable price, The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood offers the following menu of instructional options: one, two and three day golf schools; private lessons; junior camps and individual instruction; the use of advanced teaching technology and a V1 four-camera system. Academy instructors also evaluate playerandamp;#8217;s swings on a split-screen comparing golfersandamp;#8217; swings to one of more than 500 Tour Pros. The video, analysis, commentary and suggested at-home drills are stored online for anytime viewing.andamp;#8220;The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood is a perfect golf school vacation destination,andamp;#8221; said Keith Lyford, director of instruction. andamp;#8220;When you consider our instruction programs and facilities, Tahoe location, numerous outdoor activities and probably the nationandamp;#8217;s best summer weather, there is no better place in the country to learn or improve your golf game.andamp;#8221; For information on lodging packages visit http://www.oldgreenwoodgolfacademy.com and click on andamp;#8220;Stay andamp; Play.andamp;#8221;Junior Clinics are available throughout the summer for all levels of youngsters looking to learn golf or to improve their existing games. The junior clinics are organized by age (5-8, 9-13- and 14-17-year-olds) and are held every Sunday through Aug. . Clinics are three-hour sessions that offer individualized attention in a small group setting. Topics include: New golfer; full swing tune-up; scoring shots; the art and science of putting; how to drive with power and accuracy and drive for show, putt for dough. Corporate Sessions at Old Greenwood are tailored to the groupandamp;#8217;s needs. The Academy offers focused three hour clinics or multiple day school golf programs for large groups or small private board member sessions. There is no group size or skill level that canandamp;#8217;t be accommodated.One-, two- and three-day schools are comprehensive programs with a low student-to-instructor ratio held in the schoolandamp;#8217;s private teaching facilities. Packages include complimentary play after hours (cart included), an instruction handbook and lunch. The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood is a 15-acre training complex that includes a 1,500 square foot learning center equipped with an indoor/outdoor hitting bay, flat-screen TVs, lockers, club storage, a fully-staffed reception area and high-speed Internet access. Its outdoor classroom consists of two large all-grass tees and a 5-acre short game facility, with several greens for putting, chipping and sand play. Club fitting is taken seriously at The Academy because it is an integral part of the performance formula. Properly fitted equipment, based on each golferandamp;#8217;s physique and swing, can add yards and lower strokes. The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood is a certified Titleist Advanced Fitting Works facility (one of only three in Northern California).For more information about The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood and its programs, visit http://www.oldgreenwoodgolfacademy.com or call 530-550-2670.Rated the 77th Best Public Course in America by Golf Digest in May 2011, Old Greenwood is a recreational community on 900 acres crowned by an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus masterpiece. The course plays 7,528 yards from the back. Special rates are given to Tahoe Mountain Club Members and members of the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA). For tee times, call 530-550-7010 or visit http://www.golfintahoe.com.