Copley Golf School’s mission is to enhance the golfing experience for our members and visitors by teaching how to play the game with joy and creativity. We believe that challenges posed by the golf course are best solved by students who have learned to play, not those who have been taught to practice swinging. We believe in helping improve technique, but our initial focus is on the craft of the game. We also are committed to the health and growth of a rare community resource – an uncrowded, secluded Vermont golf course that is beautifully manicured, professionally managed and fun to play every day.
Notes from our professional staff
The switch from hickory to steel shafts in the late 1930’s signaled an explosion of technology. But today, despite the club and ball technologies, handicaps haven’t improved that much. Our feeling is that too much focus has been on swing mechanics and driving range practice, and too little on how to play the game.
We believe that there are two keys to playing as well as possible. First is the craft of golf, the tactics used in adapting to unpredictable and changing conditions. Second is physicality—one’s ability to hold and swing the club and make solid contact with a golf ball. We believe first in teaching the craft–on the course. What’s observed on the course shines a light on what mechanics could improve.
Students love learning with us; the environment is relaxed, supportive and friendly. We inspire students to be creative in solving problems on a real course and they typically play confidently whether at their home course or when they travel to a course they’ve never seen.
Why don’t others teach this way? Because taking students onto the course is seen as too time-consuming for most club professionals who depend on an hourly rate; that’s why the typical “playing lesson” is priced as such a premium product. Plus, playing lessons gobble up valuable tee times on typically jammed urban courses. For that reason, most students only get on the course with the professional as a “bonus” after a series of lessons is completed.
But we’re not an urban, jammed up facility or massive practice machine. We have our own embarrassment of riches—a low key, quintessential Vermont golf course with tee times available on both week days and weekends and a professional staff that believes in spending time with you on the golf course. Most facilities wish they could teach the way we do, but simply can’t. We can, and we couldn’t be happier.
A big thank you from Jay and Chris!
Chris and I would like to publicly thank Wayne’s Electric for their sponsorship of the Copley Golf School. They stepped up both for the School and for Copley CC and put in a top shelf electrical system. They worked with us on designing the power required for the golf simulators, educated us on how to best light the space so the videos would be clear and without shadows, and added lighting that will be bright and inviting. At the same time, they cleaned up scores of long neglected interior and exterior fixtures and wiring issues that help the building look its best for members and visitors alike.