The County Club at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, Pa., nestled in the verdant, rolling hills of the Poconos, has launched a new Golf Academy, which will feature expanded instruction offerings, including overnight golf school packages, increased junior camps, resort golf instruction activities, and precision club fitting.
The Academy is staffed by a team of seasoned professionals experienced in helping all golfers improve their games.
The Golf Academy is being headed by Jason Kuiper, PGA Director of Instruction for Woodloch Springs. He began in the industry in 2003 when he worked at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Pennsylvania. It was there that he took on different roles, from service staff all through teaching golf before moving to Florida in 2008 to work at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee. As the Head Teaching Professional at The McCord Golf Academy, he obtained Class A membership in 2011.
Another key player of the Golf Academy team is Evan Kussoff, newly appointed as the Biomechanics and Golf Fitness Specialist at the facility. A recent graduate of Penn State University, Kussoff received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. He interned and then went on to work for PGA Tour biomechanics expert and coach, Joey Diovisalvi, in Jupiter, Fl. There, he experienced firsthand the training of players of all abilities, including elite players of the PGA Tour such as Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson.
Kussoff has trained competitive amateurs, long drive competitors, and professionals from numerous tours, helping them understand the importance of knowing the “golf body” in order to prevent injury and improve their games. During the past two golf seasons, he worked in Naples, Fl,, where he helped former PGA Champions Tour player and longtime CBS announcer Bobby Clampett open the world headquarters of Impact Zone Golf, as well as the IZG Academy at Tiburon Golf Club.
The Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs has undergone many renovations in the past year, with the pro shop getting a makeover and adding an indoor performance studio. Complete with a 9- and 18-hole course simulator and virtual driving range, golfers now have the opportunity to improve during the off-season or during inclement weather throughout the year. In addition to its current restaurant, The Grille Room, The Clubhouse has expanded to include another eating establishment. Open year-round, the Overlook Room features a full dinner menu as well as a small-plates menu. Guests can relax after a full day of golf, while taking in sprawling views of the scenic course and enjoying an upscale dining experience.
The Country Club at Woodloch Springs will host its 25th Silver Anniversary Gala in August. Opened in 1992, the Club is rated 4.5 stars and has been named “one of the finest courses in America” by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, as well as the number four course in Pennsylvania by Golf Advisor for 2015.
The course, its clubhouse and golf academy are located a scant two miles away from Woodloch Pines, a renowned family resort.
“Business has been great, especially with all the new additions at The Clubhouse and the launching of the Golf Academy,” said Erica Bloch, marketing and public relations manager for the Resort. “What makes Woodloch such a great place is that we are unlike your typical, all-inclusive, family resorts, we literally have it all. We have exciting, family-friendly activities that you won’t find anywhere else, the landscape of the Poconos is beautiful, and we have just about anything you desire here at Woodloch, with over 30 different activities. It’s hard to imagine how one could be bored at Woodloch. We have a world-class destination spa for those who want to enjoy some rest and relaxation.”
Bloch added, “Our staff is what makes people come back time and time again. We specialize in a specific brand of hospitality because we treat our guests like they are family. You’re not just going to any resort; you’re going to Woodloch. Here your family becomes our family. We are real and authentic.”