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POPE GOLF ACADEMY

Push your game to the limit with Manatee's excellent practice facilities!

If working on your game is your idea of fun, then Manatee has the facilities where you can practice from dawn to dusk. Work on your swing at our multi-station driving range, or practice your short game on our well-maintained chipping and putting greens.

You can also work with our Class A PGA Professionals to help perfect your game. They say "practice makes perfect," but only if you're practicing perfectly with one of our respected golf professionals. With credentials that you can brag about, trust our staff of professionals at Manatee to put your game in its best possible shape.


Pete Huber, Director of Instruction

If you're new to the game of golf, want to improve or simply enjoy it better, we invite you to get to know Pete!

Pete Huber's coaching mission is to enrich peoples' lives through golf. Whether it is learning to hit a shot that has previously given you trouble, or whether you are training to uncover your unique authentic greatness, Pete can help you along your path toward a more fulfilling and enjoyable golf game!

Pete is one of fewer than 1% of PGA Members to attain Master Professional status in Teaching and Coaching and has been coaching golfers professionally for over 30 years. He has been named a Top Teacher in the United States by Golf Digest Magazine, as voted by his peers and has won numerous PGA regional Teacher of the Year Awards. He has served at some of the finest facilities in the United States, including Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Waikoloa in Hawaii, La Paloma and Ventana Canyon in Tucson, and The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe. He is the developer of Pure Impact Golf and Mindful Golf and has conducted corporate outings for Starwood Hotels across the United States and the Caribbean. Pete has an extensive golf school background having served as the Lead Instructor for the Golf Digest Instructional Schools, the John Jacobs' Schools, the Troon Golf Signature Schools and was the Director of Instruction for the Golf Academy of America where he was responsible for teaching and training golf professionals how to coach and use modern technology. In addition to being a PGA Master Professional, Pete is a certified Tathata Golf Movement Specialist, a Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 Golf Professional, a Robbins-Madanes Performance Coach, TrackMan and FlightScope certified, and is a Titleist and Ping Master Club Fitter. As a player, Pete has competed on the PGA Tour and has a low competitive round of 12 under par 61 (par 73) at Tucson National, the former home of the PGA Tour Tucson Open. He has won over 50 professional events and the Southwest Section PGA Player of the Year Award.

Don't miss this opportunity to build your confidence and lower your score from one of the best in the business!
 


Vito Saputo, Golf Professional


Professional Instruction, and Coaching
"Play Golf Not Swing"

Elected Class A Member PGA of America 1994

* 30+ years of Teaching and Coaching experience
* 12 years professional playing experience in the US and Asia
* Professional teacher and coach to numerous PGA, Senior PGA, European and LPGA tour players, top amateurs, college and high top ranked Junior players.
* Developed and operated a successful International Golf Academy, "Bloomingdale School of Champions." (This was the first full time junior golf academy in the US).
* Former Head Instructor for the Ben Sutton Golf School, Sun City, FL
* Former Head Junior Golf Instructor for Golf Digest Japan


Dave Zalbowitz, PGA Class A Professional

Born and raised in a golfing family, Dave Zalbowitz comes to Pope with over 22 years of teaching experience and teaches with an approach that is very simple and straightforward.

  • PGA Member since 2005
  • Currently owns and operates Pure Golf Instructional Programs
  • Currently a staff professional at the Dorset Field Club in VT (Summer Season)
Previous:
  • Golf Digest Certified Instructor
  • Senior Staff - Stratton Golf Academy
  • Instructor - National Golf Schools
  • Instructor - Ben Sutton Golf Schools

The Course is Calling

Book your next tee time online, or call us at Call Manatee Golf Course to book your tee time at (941) 792-6773!