Wednesday, April 14

Leadbetter Golfing Academy

David Leadbetter

If you watch golf, either PGA or LPGA, you are familiar with these names: Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Charles Howell III, or Greg Norman and Ian Baker Finch. Each of these have won multiple tournaments and multiple major tournaments over the last 30 years. Quite a club to belong to, isn’t it?

These individuals also share something else in common, they are all students of the David Leadbetter. Leadbetter’s help and instruction enables them and, others like them, to reach their maximum potential as a golfer.

As a way to help all golfers, male, female, young or old, to learn to enjoy this game, Leadbetter established the first Leadbetter Academy in Orlando, Florida in 1983. This Academy, along with now forty other locations around the world, offers any person interested in learning the game the opportunity to learn this game like a professional golfer.

In April of 2018, the Leadbetter Golf Academy opened at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell. Like the other 30 or more facilities around the world, individuals enjoy the teaching, technologies, and practice facilities to learn and enjoy the game at the highest levels. In speaking about his choice to locate at Cateechee, Leadbetter said, “We are trying to spread the game around the country and around the world. The Schells and their efforts with what they are doing at Cateechee are exciting for this region and lead us to believe that Cateechee would be a great site for us, both now and in the future.”

Academy Director, Jeff Gotham is excited about the development and says, “We are able to offer a quality, a high quality learning experience at our facility. We have the technology to help a person to learn the game as a beginner or to help the player to purchase any equipment needs to fit his or her needs”. 

Gotham added that  “the location of Cateechee is very peaceful and quiet, which makes for a great place to learn the game.” As an Audubon facility the beauty of the natural environment only adds to the course’s appeal.

If you would like additional information about the programs offered by the Leadbetter Golf Academy at Cateechee, you can contact Jeff Gotham at Cateechee. Jeff Gotham can be contacted at 706-856-3322, or you can email your questions to Jeff at

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