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.