LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort’s 18-hole links golf course is the perfect escape. Designed by Robert Cupp, its scenic and challenging, and if offers an ideal way to prevent your game from getting rusty.
Here, in this private tropical oasis, all the best things in life are right at your fingertips. A sugar-white beach you can call your own.
Bend from the waist so your arms hang freely, with your legs also slightly bent. Keep the weight on the balls of your feet, with your feet close together, about 6 inches apart. The weight of your body should favor your left side (reverse if left handed). You may want to feel as though your right hip is higher than your left. Your nose should be in front of the ball—this is vital to ensure your weight stays to your left side and when you stroke the ball, the club will be on a descending path.
The ball should be placed toward the back of your stance, or just inside your right ankle.
The stroke is made by moving your arms and chest at the same time and speed. Imagine you have a beach ball between your arms. When you move your arms and chest, the beach ball should not fall out. This motion may also feel as though you are tossing a ball under handed. Your hands should feel very light as you form them on the club. Keep in mind that if you were going to toss a ball you would not squeeze it. Another feel you might want to keep in mind is, this stroke is predominantly a right-sided feel.
When chipping the ball onto the green, you’ll want to land the ball on the putting surface as early as possible, as it is the most consistent surface on the course. The closer the target, the more lofted club you should choose. The more loft, the softer the landing, and the less roll once the ball lands on the green. Choose the club that allows the ball to “clear” the fringe and land on the green as early as possible. If the grass in front of you is hard or firm, you may want to choose your putter.
David Leadbetter Golf Academy
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is proud to host the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and one of the newest golf courses in Naples Florida, LaPlaya Golf Course, designed by internationally renowned golf course architect, Bob Cupp. The course features 18 holes of championship golf, allowing die-hard golfers to test their mettle on the par-72 course, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and an impressive collection of manicured greens. The Naples David Leadbetter Golf Academy also includes a doubled-sided driving range, short-game practice facility, including a separate pitching area, as well as chipping and putting green surfaces. Additionally, the Golf Academy has spacious classrooms fitted with the latest in V1 Golf swing analysis computer technology and software by Interactive Frontiers.
Guaranteeing a maximum of only four students per instructor, and using a holistic approach, the Academy covers everything from tee tips to full-swing and short game analysis, as well as strength conditioning. From one-hour lessons and full-day one-on-one sessions, to half-day mini schools and all encompassing two- and three-day retreats for groups of four or fewer, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy offers a multitude of customized group and private teaching programs.
The 6,907-yard course is designed, constructed and seeded to offer a hard, fast playing surface similar to those found on true links courses. With numerous bunkers and rolling fairways, the course boasts a number of unforgettable holes, such as the signature 12th, which although short, requires a bold shot to a barely visible green over a two-tiered front.
The Naples golf course also showcases 14 holes lined by water, including eight of the front nine and six of the back nine. Providing the opportunity to use every club in the bag and play every type of shot, the LaPlaya Golf Course is a treat for golf enthusiasts, with memorable par 3 shots and daunting tee shots.
"Of all the places in the world I love to visit, Naples, Florida is perhaps my favorite…I am very excited to call LaPlaya our home and I encourage everyone to come and experience the world-class instruction in this fabulous setting." -David Leadbetter
“LaPlaya offers a natural look and the feel of a traditional links course….A great variety of indigenous landscaping, rolling fairways and water features make it not only fun and challenging to play, but also pleasing to the eye.” -Bob Cupp, golf course architect.