Welcome to the Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy at Royal Niagara

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DJM-239 (3)Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy is pleased to announce their partnership with Kaneff Golf Properties, one of Canada’s iconic golf brands. This spring, the academy will be operating at all six Kaneff courses, including Royal Niagara Golf Club.

It is the mission of the program to grow the game through acquired teaching methods and well-designed programs for youth and adults alike so participants not only learn to play better but have fun doing it. We have over 60 different programs ranging from entry-level clinics, competitive boys and girls, and individual on-course instruction for both adults and junior golfers — something to suit everyone!

Royal Niagara has hired well-known local PGA of Canada Professional Brody Whetham to operate as the Head Teaching Professional. In addition to Brody, PGA of Canada Professionals Chris Poulouski (Head Golf Professional at Sparrow Lakes Golf Club) and Tony Evershed (one of only six Master Golf Professionals in Canada) will be joining our team of staff and volunteers. All three of these gentlemen have extensive teaching backgrounds and are looking forward to sharing their knowledge in making the academy the #1 place to not only develop our future golfers but also ensure that they play and enjoy the game even more!

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The Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy is focusing on junior golf development by hosting a full-day, week-long, summer golf camps — the only ones in the Niagara Peninsula. The camps are being offered all summer, right up to the Labour Day weekend and have provision for optional extended hours so parents can drop off and pick up their children before and after work. Junior golf clinics will also be available utilizing the junior “learning pyramid”.

Ryall, who was named PGA of Ontario Junior Leader of the Year at the end of 2015, is looking to take this learning pyramid that his team developed (at the City of Mississauga’s BraeBen Golf Academy) and customize it for adult programs at the Kaneff Golf properties. Students, of all ages and experience, work their way up through classes similar to the system used in karate and swimming but, instead of receiving belts or badges for graduating from one level to the next, they receive rubber bracelets to identify their progression.

“We’re looking to grow our adult business too, with programs and clinics for beginners, ladies, and for adults looking to break 80, break 90 and break 100 and much more,” says Bradlee.

In 2012, the Golf Association of Ontario recognized Ryall and BraeBen as the Junior Facility of the Year and in 2014 as a finalist for the national Future Links Facility of the Year.

“We have been successful because we try to ensure that our students are getting more than just a golf lesson. It’s like school, where they are part of a larger group and we try to educate their parents so students and parents understand where their child is headed and that there is always a direction to where they are going next,” notes Bradlee.