Instruction

Nehoiden Golf Academy

Welcome to Nehoiden Golf Academy with Leslie Andrews.  We offer golf instruction to golfers (and non-golfers!) of all ages (Juniors, Adults, Seniors) and experience levels.  Check out our full list of clinics and opportunities for private and semi-private instruction to find the option that best fits your golf needs.  Our programs and instruction are open to members and non-members.

Our philosophy?  We work with what you’ve got.  Looking to break 80?  We can help. Looking to get the ball in the air consistently or to break 100 for the first time?  We can help with that, too. We utilize all the tools at our disposal to help you achieve your golf goals:

  • Videotaped swing analysis
  • Expert, personalized instruction
  • ​On course playing lessons to help transfer skills onto the golf course
  • Short game skill development
  • Help in developing a practice routine

Not sure how to get started?  Contact our Director of Golf Leslie Andrews at (781) 283-3129 or leslie.andrews@wellesley.edu.

Check out our instruction offerings and choose the option that works for you:

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Private / Semi-Private Instruction

One-on-one lessons offer the fastest way to improve your game.  A completely personalized approach allows you to set your own pace for improvement, and allows for a tailored balance between full swing and short game development. Or, want lots of attention, but don’t want to go it alone?  Round up a friend or two and take lessons 2-on-1 or 3-on-1.  Many people find this more fun, and it provides the motivation to keep pressing forward when the inevitable frustration threatens your progress.

Lesson TypeDirector
of Golf*
Assistant Golf Instructor*Golf
Assistant*
1 hour$150$100$80
1/2 hour$85$60$50
2:1 (1 hour)$190$120$100
3:1 (1 hour)$220$150$120
Package of 5 1-hours (private)$650N/AN/A

 

 

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Clinics

Group instruction offers the most cost-effective way to get into the game and to improve your skills.  It’s also a great way to meet people to play with! We offer a variety of clinics – try one or two to find the clinic that works best for you.  Our clinics will have a maximum 7:1 student:teacher ratio, and a minimum of 2 participants. Pre-registration is required.

May Clinic Schedule -- Saturdays:

May 16- Short Game 1-2:30pm

May 23 - Full Swing 1-2:30pm

May 30 - Short Game 1-2:30pm

Our clinic schedule will evolve throughout the season based on demand.  Check back to see when we add new clinics.

Registration for 2020 Sessions Will Open Soon

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Playing Lessons

Golf is a game of strategy and on-course instruction is an opportunity to develop your strategic skills – understanding risk/reward, learning to hit the right shot in the right situation, controlling your emotions when your game temporarily slips away – all skills that can be developed with supervised play.  Playing lessons also provide help in transferring skills from the driving range to the golf course.

Playing Lessons Pricing (2 hours on-course, price depends on instructor rates)

Available Upon Request. To schedule a playing lesson, contact preferred instructor directly. If you have questions, email Leslie.Andrews@wellesley.edu.

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Getting in the Game - Fast Track Beginner Golf for Women

Perfect for women interested in learning to play golf.

This 3-day course gets you ON COURSE on Day 3. Learn to play golf in 6 hours: three days, 2 hours per day. Develop the basic skills of full swing and short game, then get out and play golf. We aim to expose women to the game, then take the plunge – too many women get “stuck” taking on-range lessons, and never get to experience the joy of actually playing golf. Our philosophy is to get on course ASAP before doubts creep in to keep you “off course.” Location: Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College

 

Program Details:

Length: 3 days (Thursday Evenings, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Session Dates:

Session I - May 21, 28, June 4

Session II - June 11, 18, 25

Session III - July 9, 16, 23

Registration for 2020 Sessions Will Open Soon

 

Junior Golf Academy

Welcome to the Junior Golf Academy at Nehoiden Golf Club

At Nehoiden we are dedicated to Junior Golf and committed to bringing young players into the game. Our game-based curriculum is designed to encourage young kids to learn and develop skills using games and interactive exercises. We find that this approach allows kids to learn quickly and retain more – and might even inspire them to practice! Most of all though - we value FUN!

At Nehoiden, we believe in getting kids ON THE GOLF COURSE so they actually learn to play golf.  We help kids develop individual skills (putting, chipping, etc.) in a game-based FUN environment; THEN we transfer the skills onto the golf course.  Kids learn how to manage themselves on a tee box, order of play, etiquette and basic rules, how to maintain the pace, all while having fun (and maybe even keeping score).  During our Spring Junior Golf Programs, we will get kids on course as space allows.  During our weeklong Summer Program, kids are on the course playing actual golf holes every day.

The Junior Golf Academy is available throughout the peak season at Nehoiden Golf Club and taught by the experienced Nehoiden Golf Club staff and open to all juniors, boys and girls, between the ages of 8-13. Our Director of Golf and Lead Instructor Leslie Andrews has been named a Top 50 US Kids Coach in 2018 and 2019.

 

Our programs aim to:

  • cover all aspects of the game including: etiquette, basic rules, putting, chipping, pitching and full swing.
  • incorporate modules using golf to communicate valuable life skills: an understanding of sustainability, nutrition, physics of the swing, and bird/animal identification on the course.

We are proud to be an Official LPGA/USGA Girls Golf site.  As such, we will offer season-long programming specifically geared to the special needs of girls:

  • Keep girls engaged in sports

  • Instill confidence in girls

  • Provide opportunity for connection

  • Encourage retention of girls in golf

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Spring Junior Golf Instruction

This spring, we will offer a 4-session Junior Golf program.  In the course of the 4 sessions, we will cover the fundamentals of the full swing (including videotaped swing analysis) and an overview of putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play. we will offer one GIRLS ONLY session, allowing girls to participate it the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program, with instruction specifically geared for girls AND the chance to get cool Girls Golf gear.

 

Who: Girls and boys ages 8-13, of all skill levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced all welcome!)

When: After School, Tuesdays/Thursdays and/or Sunday Afternoons

2020 Spring Dates

Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45pm: May 19, June 2, 9, 16

Thursdays, 4:15-5:45pm: May 14, 21, June 4, 11 

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Sundays, 1-2:30pm: May 17, 31, June 7, 14

Note: No equipment necessary. We will provide equipment for anyone who needs it.  If you then decide to buy your child equipment, we carry Official US Kids golf clubs (manufactured specifically for kids – designed to fit height and swing speed), gloves, towels, and balls.​

Registration for Spring 2020 will open soon. Please subscribe through our Inquiry Form to receive email updates from Nehoiden Golf Club regarding 2020 Registrations. 

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PGA Junior League

PGA Junior League - Registration Now Open!

Nehoiden Golf Club is proud to participate in the PGA Jr. League

PGA Junior League is a game-changing opportunity for boys and girls to learn and play golf. The program brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching from Nehoiden staff.

PGA Junior League is open to boys and girls under the age of 13 (as of 1/1/2020) with some golf experience.  If your child is brand new to golf, we encourage you to join one of our instructional programs listed in this Junior Golf Academy section.

Participants will compete on teams in a scramble format that encourages mentorship and builds confidence.The recreational nature of the regular season provides opportunities for skill and character development - on and off course - in addition to plenty of opportunities for fun, friends and family engagement with golf. Think Little League for junior golfers!

Each PGA Junior League golfer will receive:
  • High-quality team jerseys available in boys and girls sizes. 
  • Hat (new design), bag tag (new design), silicone bracelet (new), stickers and drawstring bag (new color)
  • 6 team practices (tentative schedule: Wednesdays after school, May 13th - June 17th)
  • 5 matches/tournaments: (tentative schedule: Sunday afternoons at Nehoiden Golf Club, starting on May 17th)

Cost: $375

PGA Junior League Player Testimonials (March 2019) from PGA of America on Vimeo.

To learn more visit the PGA Junior League website at pgajrleague.com

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Summer Junior Golf Instruction

Once again, we will be offering our popular Summer Junior Golf Program. Our game-based curriculum covers the fundamentals of the full swing and an overview of putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play. The goal is for Juniors to develop a full swing, and learn the full array of short game skills. Participants will get on-course, playing real golf holes throughout the week. With our focus on Girls Golf we will structure “girls only” modules to address the specific needs and interests of junior girls golfers throughout the week.

 

Who: Girls and boys ages 8-13, of all skill levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced all welcome!)

When: 5-day, Monday – Friday program, 9am - noon.  

2020 Summer Dates

June 22-26

July 6-10

July 13-17

July 20-24

July 27–31

August 3-7

August 10-14

August 17-21

Note: No equipment necessary. We will provide equipment for anyone who needs it.  If you then decide to buy your child equipment, we carry Official US Kids golf clubs (manufactured specifically for kids – designed to fit height and swing speed), gloves, towels, and balls.​

 

Registration for Summer 2020 will open soon. Please subscribe through our Inquiry Form to receive email updates from Nehoiden Golf Club regarding 2020 Registrations. 

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Semi-Private / Private Lessons for Juniors

One-on-one lessons offer the fastest way to help your child improve his/her game.  A completely personalized approach allows us to set up instruction tailored completely to your childs abilities and learning style. Learn more about our experienced instructors here.

Lesson TypeDirector
of Golf*
Assistant Golf Instructor*Golf
Assistant*
1 hour$150$100$80
1/2 hour$85$60$50
2:1 (1 hour)$190$120$100
3:1 (1 hour)$220$150$120
Package of 5 1-hours (private)$650N/AN/A

 

 

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Playing Lessons for Juniors

This summer, for the first time, we will offer playing lessons for Junior Golfers.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Junior Golfers will go out on the course supervised by Nehoiden staff, from 2-4pm, playing as many holes as they can complete in that time frame.  The Nehoiden staff will provide tips on strategy, course management, club selection and will ensure that all golfers maintain the appropriate pace of play.  We will maintain a student:teacher ratio of 4:1 during these sessions, with a minimum of 2  / maximum of 4 participants per group. Participation in Playing Lessons for Juniors requires the approval of Nehoiden Golf Club Director of Golf, Leslie Andrews.  If you are interested in having your son or daughter participate in playing lessons, please reach out at:  Leslie.Andrews@wellesley.edu.

Cost: $150/2-hour session

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FAQs

What is the cancellation policy for the Summer Golf Program?

Cancellations more than 2 weeks in advance of a session will result in 50% refund.  All cancellations within two weeks of the session start date will result in no refund unless the Junior Golf spot is filled, and then a 50% refund will be processed. If Nehoiden Junior Golf Academy cancels then a full refund will be issued. Junior Golf is held rain or shine.

 

What is the cancellation policy for all other programs (Spring Juniors, Private/Semi-Private Lessons, Playing Lessons, Clinics)?

Cancellations more than 2 weeks in advance of a session will result in 50% refund.  All cancellations within two weeks of the session start date will result in no refund unless the Junior Golf spot is filled, and then a 50% refund will be processed. If Nehoiden Junior Golf Academy cancels then a full refund will be issued. Junior Golf is held rain or shine.

 

When and where do I drop off/pick up my child?

Drop off and pick up take place in the parking lot on Washington Street just across from the Wellesley College Club.  The closest GPS address is 3 Service Drive. All Junior Golf Programs begin on time so please be prompt.

Summer Only: Drop off is between 8:30 and 9am; pickup promptly at noon. If you drop your child off before 8:30am, he/she will be unsupervised until 8:30am.

 

My child does not own golf clubs.  What should I do?

We will provide clubs for any child who needs them.  Should you decide to purchase clubs for your child, we are an Official US Kids site and can source clubs for your child, specifically fit to his/her height and swing speed.

 

What should my child wear/bring?

Tie shoes!  No sandals, flip flops or loafers.  A collared “golf style” shirt. Shorts, skort or pants; no denim.  A cap. Suncreen!!!

We will provide water and snacks each day.  Please alert us to any allergies.

 

My child does not have a glove, balls, tees or other equipment.

Nehoiden Golf Club carries kid’s items:  gloves, balls, tees, towels, and should you want to buy clubs, we are an Official US Kids site and can source clubs for your child, specifically fit to his/her height and swing speed.

 

What do we do if it rains?

Junior Golf takes place rain or shine.  In the event that we need to cancel a day or days for some reason, we will inform parents by email.

 

How is Girls Golf organized?

We are proud to be an Official LPGA/USGA Girls Golf site.  As such, in the course of each weekly session, we will have activities specifically for girls.

We aim to:

  • Keep girls engaged in sports

  • Instill confidence in girls

  • Provide opportunity for connection

  • Encourage retention of girls in golf

 

How do I make contact with Nehoiden in case of an emergency?

Call or text Leslie Andrews:  (781) 283 3129 or Leslie.Andrews@wellesley.edu or come over to the golf course and ask any Nehoiden staff member to help you find us or your child.

 

Contact: If you have any questions you can email us at | nehoidengolfacademy@gmail.com

Meet the Staff

Leslie Andrews

LESLIE ANDREWS, DIRECTOR OF GOLF

Leslie Andrews (a Wellesley alum!) is Nehoiden’s Director of Golf, overseeing all golf instruction and programming. Leslie is a Class A member of the LPGA, and is the former Executive Director of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals.  Leslie is a Top 50 U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach and a certified member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, both dedicated to the best in youth golf and sport. Leslie is also a Certified PGA Junior League Captain. Having learned to play golf at age 30, Leslie has enormous empathy (that’s different from sympathy!!) for people learning to play golf as an adult.  She is also real-life evidence that you can pick up the game relatively late in life, and get pretty good at it. Prior to joining Nehoiden, Leslie served as Director of Instruction at Randall’s Island Golf Center in New York City, the busiest golf facility in the US.  In addition to managing a full private clientele, she also oversaw all instruction, instructor training and development, golf programming and corporate golf development programs. Golf is a second career for Leslie.  Having spent years in corporate America, mostly at ESPN, Leslie has a particular interest in Women, Golf & Business and has dedicated much of the last 15 years to helping women learn to play golf and to use golf as a business tool.  Leslie published the definitive guide to women, golf and business: Even Par:  How Golf Helps Women Gain the Upper Hand in Business.  Leslie is a sought-after speaker on this topic, having spoken at the Harvard Business School Women in Business Forum, the Barclay’s Women’s Conference, the EWGA National Conference, among others.  In addition, Leslie has worked with many corporations in helping them design and execute programs designed to help women learn to use golf for business, including Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, EY, Financial Women’s Association, Women’s Bond Club and others. Leslie is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Tuck School of Business. You can contact Leslie at (781) 283-3129 or leslie.andrews@wellesley.edu.

James Keady

JAMES KEADY, ASSISTANT GOLF INSTRUCTOR

James Keady is a certified USGTF instructor who enjoys working with all ages and abilities. His calm demeanor and positive attitude allows you to relax on the range, so that you can develop your best swing.  His lessons not only discuss the physical expectations of golf, but also address the mental pitfalls that often consume our games. James developed his passion for golf under the instruction of his father at the age of 14. At Needham High School, he captained his team to two undefeated seasons and was selected as a Bay State All-star.  After college James worked at Ponkapoag Golf Course as a Junior Instructor and enjoyed teaching so much that he went on to get his Masters in Education. He has been teaching in Framingham, MA since 2012 and is excited to join the Nehoiden staff. James is also a Certified PGA Junior League Coach. Golf remains James’ number one passion. He lights up at the thought of getting up early for a tee time, and has found that the game, while sometimes frustrating, can be a great outlet for stress management. Contact James at 781-330-3744 or james.c.keady@gmail.com.

AUDREY LIN, GOLF ASSISTANT

Audrey Lin is a member of the Varsity Golf Team at Wellesley College. In her first season, she participated in two events and led the team to a 4th place finish at the 2018 Mount Holyoke College Invitational with an 81-77. During the opening match of Wellesley’s 2019 Spring Season, Audrey posted a 79 against SUNY Cortland at ChampionsGate Country Club. Before coming to Wellesley, Audrey was a four-year varsity golfer, three-year MVP player, and two-time league winner at Mission San Jose High School. She also participated in American Junior Golf Association events, a national level junior competition organization. Out of 10 events, Audrey made 7 cuts and placed top ten in four events as well as earning a 4th place in the AJGA Junior at Purgatory with a 75-70. She was ranked 117th on the Junior Golf Scoreboard for the 2018 graduating class and earned a spot on the 2017 AJGA Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team. Audrey began playing golf at the age of 12 and started competing when she turned 13. She helped her coach run a team in the 13U Junior PGA League and enjoys working with both kids and adults to find their game in golf. She looks forward to bringing her experience and love for golf to Nehoiden. Audrey is a layout editor for the Wellesley Review and a potential Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences/Psychology major at Wellesley College. She is delighted to be a part of the Nehoiden staff and is excited to work with the community! Reach Audrey at (510) 303-6567 or alin7@wellesley.edu.

 
 
Ella Warburg

ELLA WARBURG, GOLF ASSISTANT

Ella Warburg is a member of the Varsity Golf Team at Wellesley College.  In her collegiate debut, she received the honor of Liberty League Rookie of the Week after shooting 75-78 at Nehoiden. Ella appeared in all four fall events for the Blue as a first year player. Prior to Wellesley, she played for Mercer Island High School, where she accumulated two Washington State Championships and four League Championships. Ella is the all-time record holder for career birdies, second in career pars and third in career medalist honors at Mercer Island High School. Ella finished second at the 2017 Kerry Cup, an individual international competition for high school golfers in Waterville, Ireland.  In addition to Waterville, Ella lists Spanish Bay, Chambers Bay, Pacific Dunes, Seattle Golf Club, and Diablo Golf Club among the favorites that she has played. Ella was introduced to the game by her father when she was four, and developed a passion for competition at the age of 14.  She is a certified PGA Junior League Coach, and has volunteered through the First Tee of Greater Seattle for four years, teaching kids the fundamentals of golf in both etiquette and skill.  She is excited to bring her knowledge and passion for the game to Nehoiden, and is eager to work with golfers of all ages and skill level. Ella is currently studying Environmental Studies and Africana Studies at Wellesley College, and is thrilled to be a part of the Nehoiden community! Contact Ella at (925) 683-9358 or ellawarburg@gmail.com.

 

Pro Tips

 

Leslie Andrews is the Director of Golf at Nehoiden, overseeing all golf instruction and programming.  Having learned to play golf at age 30, Leslie has enourmous empathy (that's different tfrom sympathy!!) for people learning to either play golf or enhance their game.  Lowering your scores on the golf course isn't just about your ballstriking abilities. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and making better decisions based upon risk and reward, can improve your scoring immediately. Making better decisions leads to better scores.

To think & play Like A Pro read Leslie's blog: Pro Tips