David Leadbetter expands golf instruction empire

Legendary golf instructor David Leadbetter has been named Director of Instruction at the private Coral Creek Club in Southwest Florida.

PLACIDO, Florida – Legendary golf instructor David Leadbetter has been named Director of Instruction at the private Coral Creek Club here in Southwest Florida.

In an exclusive multi-year arrangement, the world class instructor will oversee Coral Creek’s teaching program, train the professional staff in his methodology and be available to members for lessons and coaching at a special rate. Coral Creek is an outstanding Tom Fazio-designed layout set in 211 acres that flows through native southern pine, oak and palm trees.

“We are truly fortunate to have David as our Director of Instruction,” said Tom Noyes, Coral Creek Club’s general manager. “His affiliation will enhance Coral Creek’s reputation, and this is a fantastic opportunity for our members. In addition to helping our pros broaden their observation and coaching skills, the added exposure and credibility David brings will aid in continuing to spread the amazing story that is the Coral Creek Club. Following the recent Tom Fazio renovation of the course, the club’s next chapters are just now being written.”

“Coral Creek Club is a hidden gem that is about to be uncovered,” Leadbetter said. “This Tom Fazio design is a course that can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels, and will provide a stern test for the very best players off the back tees.

Florida has been waiting for a course like this. The club will be spoken about in the same breath as many other world class venues that I have had the good fortune to visit during my career. It’s been my job to recognize and coach great golfing talent, and if I was to measure the potential of Coral Creek in a golfer’s terms, I would say that it has major winner written all over it. I am proud and excited to become the director of instruction at the beautiful Coral Creek Club and to helping the members with their games.”

Leadbetter already has visited Coral Creek a number of times and he’s helped consult on the finer points of the practice facilities.

In his 30-year career, Leadbetter has coached touring professionals to 26 major championship titles, helped seven PGA Tour stars reach the number one position on the Official World Golf Rankings list, and counts his lessons to have resulted in over 150 individual worldwide tournament victories.


Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the PGA.com web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at spikee41@hotmail.com.

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