Golf Academy of America Relocates to New Phoenix, Arizona, Facility
Oct 19, 2010
State-of-the-art Campus Offers Best Possible Student Experience
Golf Academy of America, the country's oldest and largest school specializing in preparing graduates for careers in the business of golf, recently moved into spectacular new campus facilities in Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. Classes began in the new facility on October 18 and an open house for graduates, employers, governmental officials, and the golf community is planned for mid-November.
Golf Academy of America first opened in Phoenix in early 1996 and moved to its previous campus location in 2006. Increased enrollment and interest in the school's programs as well as the desire to add more sophisticated teaching technology and indoor practice facilities led to the decision to invest in the new campus. It is located at 2031 North Arizona Avenue, adjacent to the Chandler PGA TOUR Superstore, one of the largest golf stores in the USA.
Campus Director Tim Eberlein says, "We are committed to offering our students the best possible golf learning environment. Now, we have room for the latest technology, a larger club repair facility and student lounge, bigger indoor practice and teaching areas, and more."
The new location will occupy approximately 28,000 square feet and represents an investment of almost $2 million, not including fixtures, equipment, and technology that moved from the previous campus. The new school will easily accommodate 450 students as well as admissions, career placement, and financial aid staff, faculty and other personnel. The new campus includes:
- Six expanded classrooms with modern audio/visual capabilities
- Two computer labs
- A student library
- A greatly enhanced club repair facility with nine independent two-man work stations
- A student career services center
- A student lounge
- A 5000-square-foot indoor training center that offers:
- Two "About Golf" simulators
- Three V1 hitting bays
- Hitting bays for Trackman, MEGSA and DBS Balance systems
- An 1800-square-foot putting green
- Fitting carts from Henry Griffitts, Taylor Made, Mizuno, and Titleist
Eberlein notes, "The location was chosen in part because of the convenience to the PGA TOUR Superstore, but also because the area offers affordable housing choices for our students and ease of transportation. It is also near some truly great golf courses where our students have playing privileges."
The next class start for Golf Academy of America is January 7, 2011.
The Golf Academy of America leads the industry in golf education and features four campuses in major golf markets -- Phoenix, Myrtle Beach, Orlando and San Diego. The GAA was founded in 1974 and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.
For more information on the Golf Academy of America, please call 800.342.7342, or visit www.golfacademy.edu.
Golf Academy of America is the oldest and largest two-year golf college in the world. GAA's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of the business of golf. The schools are owned and operated by Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.