The centerpiece of the Fox Hopyard development is the expansive learning/practice facility. The learning/practice facility was designed to promote a relaxed, comfortable environment with plenty of exposure to “real game” situations. The main tee has two levels, is 95 yards and has over an acre of teeing ground. The practice facilities are always in fantastic condition and are simply among the finest in the Northeast. Included in the learning/practice areas are:
– Separate practice tee reserved exclusively for golf instruction
– Seven finished target greens
– Three practice bunkers offering both greenside and fairway bunker shot
– A pitching green
– 21,000 square foot practice green
The instructional staff uses a full range of innovative learning and practice aids, including Trackman. With ample area for practice, students are able to work at their own pace on their short game and scoring shot techniques as well as their full game. Our students have full access and are encouraged to use our learning and practice aids.
Eddie is relatively new to the world of golf instruction but in a short time he has attracted a strong following of students. He took up the game at age 37 and went through all the steps, most of them self-guided, to become a strong player. Understanding and experiencing that process certainly helps Eddie help his students achieve the results that they are looking for.
If there is anything Eddie enjoys more than playing it is, in fact, teaching. His enthusiasm and energy are contagious and he is sincere and devout in helping others. Eddie works with players of all abilities and heads up many of the Junior Golf Programs at Fox Hopyard.
A strong point in Eddie’s teaching and coaching is his knowledge and ability to get players into properly fitted golf equipment, an important component in reaching one’s golf potential.
Eddie is looking forward to seeing you out on the tee!
Alex is just embarking on his journey in teaching and his career in the PGA of America. He hails from Old Saybrook and is a graduate of Providence College. One of the first steps in achieving membership in the PGA is to pass a playing ability test, an arduous and nervy task and Alex passed on his very first attempt.
Alex is taking PGA courses in teaching and coaching and enhancing his knowledge by reading and studying the works of golf’s most influential instructors. Alex has an integral role in the Fox Hopyard Junior Golf Program and also will be working with adult players of all skill levels.
Alex is an amiable and perceptive young man, Alex will be seeing you on the tee also.
Head Professional Ron Beck directs all of the golf operations at Fox Hopyard but teaching and coaching are his passion. In his Hall of Fame career Ron has given 10,000 private lessons, taught in hundreds of clinics and schools, and has positively influenced thousands of youth golfers through his comprehensive Junior Golf Programs.
For his efforts Ron has been recognized as Connecticut Section PGA Teacher of the Year, US Kids Top 50 Junior Golf teacher in America, and has been ranked by Golf Digest as one of the Top 10 instructors in Massachusetts and Connecticut every year since the rankings began in 1995.
Ron has taught with and learned from most of the top golf instructors in America. He originated and has organized and conducted over a dozen Northeast Teaching and Coaching Summits, a bi-annual program that has attracted instructors the likes of Fred Shoemaker, Jim McLean, Mike Hebron, Bill Strausbaugh, Hank Haney, Jim Hardy, Randy Smith, Dave Pelz, Chuck Hogan, David Leadbetter, Jim Flick, Bob Rotella, Jim Suttie, Peggy Kirk Bell, Ed Ibarguen, Martin Hall,
Michael Breed, Andrew Rice, Todd Anderson, Michael Breed, Stan Utley, and many others. As a young professional at Innisbrook Ron had the opportunity to be a part of the program that included Jim Flick, Bob Toski, Peter Kostis, Jack Lumpkin, Paul Runyan, John Elliott, Mark Wood, Tom Ness, Deede Owens, Davis Love Jr.
Ron’s influences are many and his bank of knowledge is extensive but he will tell you his philosophy and style is pretty simple…help the student identify, understand and develop what they uniquely do to produce the best swings, decisions, shots, and ultimately scores that they are capable of. The learning process, course and self-management, short game, and how to practice and all part of what he teaches to help his players reach their goals. Paramount to all is helping players appreciate, respect, and have FUN playing the game. His passion for playing and teaching the game is shared by his fellow Fox Hopyard golf professionals.