After a thrilling and historic Open Championship at Royal Birkdale this past weekend, many new golf fans will flock to the Golf Channel looking for swing tips and helpful training techniques to sharpen their own game to Championship levels. Those tuning in will find a familiar face to many on the Treasure Coast, especially Harbour Ridge, providing those hints to millions of viewers. Mike Malizia, Director of Instruction at Harbour Ridge’s Golf Academy, and one of Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers in Your State”, scheduled to appear as a guest instructor on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive July 26th and 29th. The popular daily morning show will air from 7-9 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, and 7:00-9:30 a.m. EST on Saturday.
Malizia is one of the inaugural coaches in Golf Channel Academy (GCA), a dedicated network of teaching facilities. Malizia has been teaching golf for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, he played professionally on the PGA Tour and Nike Tour as well as competed in the 2000 U.S. Open.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be on Morning Drive,” said Malizia, whose students include PGA Tour player Derek Fathauer and Web.com Tour players Hugo and Horacio Leon and Josh Hart. “It’s been a great experience to be a part of the Golf Channel Academy network of coaches and I look forward to sharing some of my best lessons and playing strategies with the viewers at home.”
As recently as 2015, Malizia’s academy at Harbour Ridge was voted one of GolfCourseHome® Network’s “Top 10 Best Communities for Great Golf Instruction.” Harbour Ridge members enjoy full access to renowned golf training and learning programs geared for beginners to Tour Professionals. Harbour Ridge’s Teaching Professionals use the most advanced equipment and analysis software available from TrackMan Golf to V1 Sports/Interactive Frontiers to evaluate each students’ swing and ensure proper club fitting.
Members of Harbour Ridge may arrange a wide variety of instructional opportunities with the Professional Teaching Staff such as: Private Lessons, Weekly Group Clinics, Full Swing Schools, Short Game Schools, On-course Playing Lessons, Game Evaluations, TPI Body Assessment, Mental Golf Profile Testing, Club Fittings, Educational Seminars.
Make sure to tune into the Golf Channel this week see this world-class instruction on display. For more information about Harbour Ridge and the Mike Malizia Golf Academy, please sign-up here for our Harbour Ridge Community brochure.
There is a lot that sets Harbour Ridge apart from other clubs on the Treasure Coast. The unmatched waterfront lifestyle combined with the beautiful spacious homes and the newly opened Lakeside Spa, Tennis & Fitness Center constantly garner headlines and accolades in the area. However, a true hidden gem at Harbour Ridge is the work of Mike Malizia, the clubs private golf instructor.
The Harbour Ridge Golf Academy offers it all – the full swing, short game, mental management, course management and green-reading. This summer he’s also offering camps for elite juniors looking to earn college scholarships and possibly play this game for a living.
The 46-year-old Malizia knows a little bit about playing the game for a living. He played in five PGA Tour events, including the U.S. Open, and 18 Web.com Tour events during his career and made the transition from player to instructor in 2003. Malizia has a lot of help these days through the constant technological advances and even tour pros are beginning to take notice of his teaching ability
Malizia was recently on hand for Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando working with tour pro, and Stuart, FL native, Derek Fathauer. They spent Monday working on the technical aspects of the game, refining Fathauer’s fundamentals. Tuesday, it was concentrating on hitting “creative shots” as they prepared for the tournament.
A Lead Coach with NBC and the Golf Channel Academy, Malizia uses the most advanced equipment and analysis software available from TrackMan Golf to V1 Sports/Interactive Frontiers to evaluate each of his students’ swing and ensure proper club fitting. Harbour Ridge members enjoy full access to these renowned golf training and learning programs, whether they are just learning the game or looking to break 70.
Home to two of the best courses in South Florida, Harbour Ridge is the perfect place for Malizia to base his academy. Whether you’re a scratch golfer or always wanted to learn the game, the courses at Harbour Ridge will meet your expectations.
Single digit handicappers will feel welcome in this Florida golf community near Stuart in Palm City, Florida. The challenge of the game encompasses the undulating fairways, and their strategically placed sand traps and greens. Here, the natural landscape buffers add interest and command respect from even the best golfers on the course.
For beginners, the course design has been thoughtfully planned to forgive a wayward swing. Wide landing areas and easily accessible greens are a welcome sight for those who would prefer bird watching along the course, rather than worry about making birdies.