The enthusiastic staff of professional golf instructors at the Ibis Golf Academy is led by a rare talent, PGA Director of Instruction Martin Hall.
Martin has the distinction of being named one of only four of America’s “Master Instructors” by Golf Magazine*. We are also proud to announce that Martin was awarded his own weekly, 30-minute golf show on Golf Channel, aptly titled "School of Golf."
What else makes the Ibis golf instruction experience so special?
- Hit from near-perfect turf tees to four target greens.
- Manicured pitching and chipping areas complete with bunkers.
- Championship-quality putting greens.
* Top 50 by Golf Digest
Ibis Practice Facilities
Ibis features one of the premier practice facilities in the South Florida area. The entire practice facility covers over twenty acres. Both practice tees are covered with Seashore Paspalium Grass that provides a superior hitting surface. The north tee is over 94,000 sq. feet and the south tee is over 50,000 sq. feet. The north tee provides over 50 hitting stations and the south tee allows for over 30 stations each day for our membership and invited guests. The tee line is moved daily to provide the best hitting surface.
The practice fairway has twelve target flags and each of these flags is laser measured daily to notify the membership of the exact yardage to help with improving their distance control.
All four corners of our practice area are highlighted by short game facilities. Three chipping, pitching, and bunker areas allow you to practice shots from 5-75 yards from the green with various lies and conditions.
Ibis also has four Champion Bermuda Grass practice putting surfaces. They are located at various areas around the facility to allow for easy access.
• Legend Practice Green ~ 1,400 sq. feet
• Heritage Practice Green ~ 3,700 sq. feet
• Tradition Practice Green ~ 7,500 sq. feet
• South Practice Green ~ 7,000 sq. feet
Overall, we hope that you will enjoy spending time here at Ibis and taking your golf game to the next level.
“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”
~ Jack Nicklaus
Golf Equipment Fitting Studio
Located on the South end of our 20-acre practice facility, the Studio features equipment from all of the major manufacturers and showcase the latest technology in fitting equipment from Trackman and SAM Putting Lab. The Studio contains both indoor and covered outdoor hitting bays and is manned by Ibis instructional staff six days a week. Sessions for Ibis members are complimentary and take approximately one hour.
“The main purpose for the studio is not to sell equipment,” says Director of Golf Brad McCollum, “but to ensure the proper fit of the Member’s equipment. It may be a simple fix with our lofted lie bending machine or a club extension on their putter.”
Instructors gather computerized images of your swing and putts with the new equipment. This information helps the member visualize their club loft, club length, and swing plane and how it affects their stroke. The new technology assists the instructor in advising the member of any potential recommendations, if needed, to help improve their game.
Ibis Instructional Staff
Martin Hall has over thirty years of experience as a golf professional. He has competed on the European Tour and has since turned his career toward teaching the game he loves. Martin has won numerous awards for his teachings, including Florida Chapter Teacher of the Year, Florida Section Teacher of the Year, and 2008 PGA National Teacher of the Year. He is also a Master Professional of the PGA of Great Britain. He has appeared in the Golf Magazine Top 100 since 1994, and in the Golf Digest Top 50 since the list began in 2000. Martin is currently ranked as the number 10 teacher in the country. Martin is more than a great teacher; he is also an incredible writer. Martin has been featured in numerous magazines and has published two books. He is the Golf Instruction editor for the Major Series Magazine and has written over 100 instruction articles that have been published in magazines all over the world. He has also been on the Golf Channel, ESPN Radio, and on PGA Tour Radio numerous times. His most recent venture is School of Golf, a hit show on the Golf Channel.
Martin is a TPI Level I Certified Instructor, as well as TPI Biomechanics Level II certified. He uses modern technology in his teachings, including Trackman, K-Vest, AMM 3D motion analysis, and SAM Putt. This shows in the quality of instruction that he produces, and the caliber of players that he works with. He has taught the youngest winner of a women’s major, Morgan Pressel, from when she was nine years old.
Martin also married a golfer. His wife, Lisa Hall, is a former Solheim Cup player and has nine worldwide wins. Martin has made a lifetime vocation to learn from the best teachers and has studied under most of them. That list of names includes Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Peter Kostis, John Jacobs, Henry Cotton, Homer Kelly, Jim Hardy, Phil Riston, Mike Bender, Chuck Evans, Ben Doyle, Chuck Cook, Tom Ness, Jim Suttie, Craig Harmon, Hank Haney, Stan Utley, and Rick Jensen. He has worked with a handful of biomechanics experts, as well, including Greg Rose, Dave Phillips, Rob Neal, and Phil Cheetham.
Contact Information: Steve Lidinsky, Assistant to Martin Hall, (561) 876-2312
PGA Director of Golf
Growing up in Northern Ohio, Ben was inspired to become a golf professional when hequalified for and competed in the Ohio State High School Golf Championships. The significance of this for Ben was that these Championships were played at Ohio State University, home to Jack Nicklaus. Playing golf collegiately, Ben earned MVP honors three of his four years on the team. After college, Ben worked for eight years in the Michigan PGA Section, as both an Assistant Golf Professional and as a Head Golf Professional. At 24 years old, Ben took over ownership of the Golf Shop and concessions for the Club.
In 2006, after four years of owning and operating a successful Golf Shop, Ben moved to St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. It was at St. Andrews that he developed his teaching philosophy from Glenn Hall, a two-time Teacher of the Year in the Michigan PGA Section. Being at St. Andrews also gave Ben an opportunity to spend a lot of time learning from Hall of Fame Instructor, Bob Toski, as well as from some of the best teachers in the world including Jim McLean, Todd Anderson, and Michael Breed.
Ben also has undergone extensive training with V1 Video instruction to incorporate technology into the learning process. He is a Certified Fitter for Titleist and has also traveled to Phoenix to go through Ping’s fitting system. For the past three years, Ben has implemented the use of Flight Scope into his fittings for more accurate results.
(561) 239-7113 (Cell)
(561) 625-8500, Ext. 5080
Lesson Rates: $120 per hour/$60 per 1/2 hour (Hour includes video instruction)
Robin Boretti is in her 18th year as a teaching professional at Ibis Golf & Country Club. She is a PGA member and a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching Division. Robin’s interest in golf was encouraged by her first coach, her father, Al Auger. With him, she won the Massachusetts Father-Daughter Championship. In high school, Robin played on the male golf team where she was the number one ranked player, as well as co-captain of the team. In addition, she won the Massachusetts Girl’s High School Championship. As a result of her excellent play through high school, she was awarded a four-year golf scholarship to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. While in college, she was ranked the number two woman golfer in the nation for Division 2 colleges. After graduation, Robin played on the Futures Golf Tour and in other LPGA events. Robin’s interest in teaching golf was fostered while working with teachers like John Redman, Peter Kostis, and Bob Toski, to name a few.
Her prior teaching assignment before Ibis includes Stonebridge Golf and Country Club and Wycliffe Golf and Country Club. Since devoting full time to her teaching career, Robin has been recognized as one of the top 50 women instructors by Golf For Women Magazine, as well as being nominated for the LPGA Professional of the Year and LPGA Teacher of the Year. She has written a number of instructional articles for publications such as Golf for Women and Florida Golfer Magazine. In 2009, Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle Magazine featured Robin as the woman professional most promoting the game of golf. Robin and her husband Mark met in Beverly, Massachusetts, and now reside in Wellington with their two children, Chelsea and Brockton.
Lesson Rates: $120 per hour/$60 per 1/2 hour (Hour includes video instruction)
Bob Olson is beginning his sixth year at Ibis. As a career Club Professional in the South Florida area since 1975, and a PGA Member since 1999, Bob has had the opportunity to work with and learn from a great number of talented golf professionals.
The PGA of America provides its membership with the opportunity of learning from the best. His foundation in teaching was established early on by studying the teachings and philosophies of Bob Toski, Jim Flick, and Peter Kostis. “I don’t know any teaching professional who hasn’t been influenced by these gentlemen at some point in their development as a swing instructor, either directly or indirectly. They were the guru’s of the golf swing. They literally “wrote the book” the PGA of America used as the model for player development.” While working at the PGA National Golf Club, he worked with and learned from Mike Adams and T. J. Tomasi, who developed concepts of different swing types.
During his tenure at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, he had the opportunity to work with and learn from the Dave Pelz Short Game Learning Center. His five years at Ibis have provided him with the wonderfully unique opportunity of learning from Martin Hall, as well as the rest of the very talented and knowledgeable swing instructors of Ibis. “Although we, as swing instructors, may have our own “style”, our ultimate goal is to get the student to hit better golf shots more often.”
Lesson Rates: $100 per hour/$50 per ½ hour
Steve Lidinsky is a PGA Professional who has over 13 years of experience in the golf business and has been an instructor at Ibis since 2007. He has worked with and coached all levels of players from beginners to mini-tour players and enjoys teaching all facets of the game. Along with the numerous years of watching and learning directly from Martin Hall, he has also spent time with and learned from former Tiger Woods swing coach, Hank Haney, top instructor Jim Hardy, and short game guru Stan Utley. Steve has also had the opportunity to learn from some of the top biomechanists in the country, Dr. Rob Neal and Dr. Phil Cheetham. Steve currently holds certifications as a Level One Instructor for TPI and a Level One instructor for Hank Haney. Steve says, “My philosophy about the golf swing entails getting my students to swing on plane, understand what the club face is doing, and the biomechanics necessary to make an efficient, powerful, and, more importantly, repeatable golf swing." John Jacobs (noted Golf instructor from England) said it best, "The sole purpose of the golf swing is to produce a correct, repetitive impact, and the method employed is of no significance, as long as it is repetitive." Steve goes on to say "I truly enjoy teaching this game, and although it may be difficult at times, it’s definitely worth it. See you on the links."
Lesson Rates: $110 per hour/$55 per 1/2 hour (Hour includes video instruction)
PGA Apprentice Golf Professional
Joe is in his third year here at Ibis Golf & Country Club and his first year as part of the instructional staff. Joe’s path to Ibis and to becoming a golf professional actually began on the golf course maintenance side of the industry. Joe graduated from Purdue University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Horticulture and Design, which was an asset when he entered the golf industry by accepting a position at PGA National as Assistant Superintendent of The Champion Course; home to The Honda Classic. However, after almost four years, Joe knew his real passion in the golf industry was to be a Golf Professional. He then enrolled and graduated with a 4.0 from Keiser University with an Associate of Science in Golf Management in 2012, where he received top level instruction from Master PGA Professionals Eric Wilson, Brian Hughes, and David Wixson, as well as PGA Professionals Dr. TJ Tomasi, Donna White, Frank Longabucco, and John Callahan. Before enrolling, and while there, Joe was also fortunate and blessed to have received instruction from one of the top instructors in the world and PGA National Teacher of the Year in 2008 - Ibis’s very own PGA Director of Instruction, Martin Hall, which helped to lay the building blocks and foundation for Joe’s professional career. Joe is currently a Level 1 Apprentice in the PGA of America as he is in the process of obtaining his Class A Certification in the PGA of America. Joe’s teaching philosophy is centered on how each student learns and feels. He believes there are numerous ways to obtain success with different models of applications, and it is the job of a Golf Professional to communicate that to each student. By combining proper swing mechanics with properly fit equipment, a player’s physical ability, and strengthening his/her mental approach to the game, Joe teaches that REAL, obtainable goals are always possible. See you on the course!
(561) 252-9967 (Cell)
(561) 625-8500, Ext. 5067
Lesson Rates: $100 per hour/$50 per ½ hour
Before becoming a Teaching Professional in 1991, Darren played on the Gold Coast Tour in 1990 and 1991. Darren was the Technical Director/Teaching Professional for the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools from 1992-1997 here at Ibis. Darren worked at the Boca Raton Resort and Club from 1998-2004, and in 1999, he became the Lead Instructor for the Sports Illustrated Faults and Cures Golf Schools. He moved on to the ESPN Golf Schools from 2002-2004, and, in January 2005, he returned to Ibis as a Teaching Professional. He has worked under many great professionals in the industry: Jim Flick, Hank Haney, Martin Hall, Dean Reinmuth, and Charlie Epps.
Stephanie was born and raised in a small town near Lebanon, Pennsylvania where golf courses were few and far between. She spent most of her time down the road at a $7 all you can play municipal golf course. Her first job was at a local country club where she developed some direction and a new love for the game under award-winning instructor, Mike Swisher. Swisher’s students include PGA Tour Players Jim Furyk and Stu Ingram and was voted Golf Digest’s Top 3 Best Teachers in Pennsylvania twice.
Stephanie chose to attend Radford University on a Division I four-year golf scholarship where she was named 2011 Big South Conference Player of the Year, and also in 2001, she was the first golfer, male or female, in Radford history to be selected for an East Regional Division I Tournament and the first and only Radford golfer to reach the NCAA Regional Tournament. After graduating with a degree in Criminal justice, Stephanie fulfilled her lifelong dream of playing professional golf. As a 9-year professional, she won two events on the LPGA Futures Tour and was a member of the LPGA Tour in 2005. She is ranked 27th on the LPGA Futures Tour Career Money List.
Stephanie has taken her many years as a professional and knowledge of the swing from playing against the best in the world, and discovered, each person has their own individual swing. There is no “one way” to swing a club. The game of golf is more enjoyable to a player when there is a mixture of basic fundamentals and a students unique style.
Lesson Rates: $100 per hour/$50 per ½ hour (Hour includes video instruction)
Dan has been a member of our Ibis Instructional Team for over seven years. Learning under the direction of Martin Hall, he has developed his instructional background and teaching philosophy. Prior to joining the team here at Ibis, Dan was the Head Professional and Manager of a Par 3 Facility called Fairways East in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dan has a strong understanding of the golf swing and stresses the proper communication between instructor and student, which he feels is one of his strongest traits. Depending on the level of the student, he always tries not to be overly technical in his instruction. His overall objective is to lower his student’s scores.
Patricia joined our Ibis Instructional Team in the fall of 2010. Her career in golf started in Dijon, France, in 1985. Even at 13 years of age, competition always stimulated her full potential and determination to succeed. She decided to become a professional golfer in 1989 and, for the next four-years, trained diligently and improved consistently. She played for the French National Team in 1992 and 1993 and turned professional in 1994, winning her first tournament that same year. Patricia always had a supportive team of people around her to help optimize her goals and training program. This support system is one she still employs today as a golf instructor. Throughout her personal golf career and instructional career, she strives to improve every aspect of her game, as well as that of her students. This achieves balance between the golfer and the person. What motivates Patricia most is the combination of the physical and mental aspects of the game and uniting these to help create a better performing golf swing. Today, helping students find answers for their own golf game is what replaces the challenge of competition, and she is equally passionate about this new direction.
Lesson Rates: $120 per hour/$60 per ½ hour
Antoine’s teaching career began at the Seignosse Golf Club in southern France in 1989. In order to understand the coaching needs of the high level player, Antoine decided to play on the French golf tours in 1990. He became an accomplished player with several first place finishes and played on the European tour between 1992 and 1998. An injury in 1999 required him to refocus his goals. He acquired his second degree teaching qualification and embarked on his coaching and professional caddying career for his wife Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, with many successes between 2000 and 2009 for the Team Meunier-Lebouc. When Patricia retired from the Tour, Antoine developed a joint teaching/coaching project with fellow European Tour player and past French PGA President, Olivier Edmond. They have opened two European academies in Belgium in 2009 and 2010. He is a passionate teacher and has focused much energy specifically on golf swing technique and making improvements consistent with a player’s skill level and individual goals. Antoine is really excited to work alongside Martin and to bring his services to Ibis and its’ members.
Lesson Rates: $110 per hour/$55 per ½ hour