The world headquarters of the Leadbetter Golf Academy plans to relocate to Interstate 4 south of Orlando, after announcing on Thursday that it was moving from ChampionsGate Golf Club to relocate to Reunion Resort this year.
Leadbetter Golf Academy was acquired in 2018 by Golfzon, a South Korean company best known for its indoor golf simulators. The company is now officially known as Golfzon Leadbetter and operates 38 academies in 15 countries. Leadbetter Academies was founded in 1983 by instructor David Leadbetter, who has worked with many circuit professionals and 26 major championship winners, his most famous student being perhaps Nick Faldo.
Reunion Resort is home to three golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. It is the former home of the ANNIKA Academy, which closed in 2016. Kingwood International Resorts bought La Réunion in 2019.
“I have taught golf all over the world and there are few places more suitable for golfers to learn and play than Reunion Resort and Golf Club,” Leadbetter said in a press release announcing the move. “We share Kingwood International Resorts’ vision of providing the best golf experience in Reunion. Reunion already has three major golf courses; now they will have a golf academy to match. I can’t wait to give the first lesson of the new installation.
Reunion’s new academy will feature plenty of technology, including lesson studios with launch monitors, 3D swing analysis, radar tracking of shots on the range, club equipment, fitness and biomechanics . The facility will also include a Golfzon TwoVision simulation studio to host virtual tournaments, according to the statement. The coaching staff plans to accommodate a wide range of players, from rookies to tour stars.
“Reunion Resort and Golf Club provides us with the perfect location to grow the Golfzon Leadbetter business and provide golfers with a unique facility to work on all aspects of their game, regardless of their level of play,” said Benedict Riches. , CEO of Golfzon Leadbetter. in the release.
“This new partnership is a natural fit, bringing another legend to our resort with the world headquarters of Golfzon Leadbetter,” said Anthony Carll, General Manager of Reunion Resort. “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer this experience this fall with such a respected legend in the golf community.”