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:

+
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.

Private Lesson Pricing

  • 1-hour $125 (Member)  $150 (Non-Member)
  • Package of 5 1-hours $550 (Member) $650 (Non-Member)
  • ½-hour  $75 (Member) $85 (Non-Member)
  • ​Package of 5 ½-hours $325 (Member) $375 (Non-Member)

 

Book a Lesson

+
Semi-Private Instruction

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.

Semi-Private Lesson Pricing

  • 2:1 $160 (Member) $190 (Non-Member)
  • 3:1 $180 (Member) $220 (Non-Member)

 

Book a Lesson

+
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 5:1 student:teacher ratio, and a minimum of 2 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Weekly Clinic Schedule:

Saturdays- Full Swing 9:30-11am

Sundays- Short game 9:30-11am

Wednesdays- Ladies Full Swing 5:30-7pm

Clinic Pricing (maximum of 5 participants, 90 minutes)

  • Full Swing, Short Game  $50 per person

 

Register Here

+
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 (9 holes or max 2 hours on-course)

  • 1:1 $250 (Member) $300 (Non-Member)

  • 2:1 $350 (Member) $400 (Non-Member)

Available Upon Request. To schedule a playing lesson, contact Leslie directly at Leslie.Andrews@wellesley.edu.

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!

The Junior Golf Academy is open to all juniors, boys and girls, between the ages of 8-13 and is available throughout the peak season at Nehoiden Golf Club. 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 commuictie valuable life skills: an understnding of sustainability, nutrition, physics of the swing, and bird/animal identification on the course.
 

Meet the Pro

Our Junior Golf Academy is led by Director of Golf, Leslie Andrews. Leslie is Top 50 U.S. Kids Coach and is certified by U.S. Kids Golf. Learn more about Leslie here.

 

Dedication to Girls Golf

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.  We aim to:

  • Keep girls engaged in sports

  • Instill confidence in girls

  • Provide opportunity for connection

  • Encourage retention of girls in golf

 

Programming

In 2019 we will offer a variety of programs throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall.  In addition, our professional staff is always available for private or semi-private lessons, and for on-course instruction. Continue to check back often to learn more about what is going on at the Junior Golf Academy at Nehoiden Golf Club. 

 

Equipment

If your child has golf equipment please feel free to have them use it.  If they don't we will provide your child with properly fitted clubs to use. If at any time you are interested in purchasing golf equipment make Nehoiden your source for kids’ gear - we sell properly fitted U.S. Kids Golf sets (manufactured and sized to height and swing speed), gloves, towels, and balls.​
 

kids logos

+
Spring Junior Golf

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.

 

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

When: After School, Thursdays and/or Weekend, Sundays

2019 Spring Dates

Thursdays: 3:30-5pm, May 23, 30, June 6, 13

Sundays: 10-11:30am,  May 19, June 2, 9, 16

Cost: $299 (includes equipment)

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).

Registration opens March 1, 2019

+
Summer Junior Golf

Once again, we will be offering our popular Summer Junior Golf Clinics. 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.  

2019 Summer Dates

June 24-28

July 8-12

July 15-19

July 22-26

July 20 – Aug 2

August 5-9

August 12-16

August 19-23

Cost: $449 (includes equipment and snacks daily)

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).

Registration opens March 1, 2019

 
+
Girls Golf

As a Girls Golf site, we will host events throughout the season geared specifically for girls.  

 

Girls Golf Day  Saturday, June 22nd 9:30-11am

Join us at the Nehoiden Golf Club driving range, for swing tips and videotaped swing analysis.  An opportunity to meet other girls interested in the game of golf.

Open to girls of all levels.  Equipment provided, as needed.  

FREE.  Sign up in advance required, as space is limited.  First come, first-served.

Registration opens March 1, 2019

 

Girls Golf Extravaganza Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th

Our end-of-season celebration of Girls Golf.  Nehoiden is one of only 15 sites selected for this new LPGA program.  Join us for two days of FUN, instruction and play.

Open to girls of all levels.  Equipment provided, as needed.  

More details to follow.

 
+
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.

Private Lesson Pricing 

  • 1-hour $125 (Member)  $150 (Non-Member)
  • Package of 5 1-hours $550 (Member) $650 (Non-Member)
  • ½-hour  $75 (Member) $85 (Non-Member)
  • ​Package of 5 ½-hours $325 (Member) $375 (Non-Member)

Does your child have a group of friends he/she wants to take lessons with? Many kids find this fun, and sometimes it can provide the motivation for them to keep pressing forward.

Semi-Private Lesson Pricing

  • 2:1 $160 (Member) $190 (Non-Member)
  • 3:1 $180 (Member) $220 (Non-Member)

If interested in lessons please contact us at nehoidengolfacademy@gmail.com.

+
FAQs

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

 

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

Drop off and pick up take place in the parking lot on just across Washington Street from the Wellesley College Club.  The closest GPS address is 3 Service Drive. 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 do I make contact with Nehoiden in case of an emergency?

Call or text Leslie Andrews:  (917) 589-8579 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 Pro, Leslie Andrews

Leslie Andrews

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 also a 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.

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.

 

Pro Tips

Spine Angle When Chipping

I’m a big “spine angle” person. To me, there are a handful of big concepts that drive success in golf and spine angle is one of the most important.  Put simply, when the object you’re swinging through (not at, through) is only one inch in diameter, best not to have any “jack in the box” action in your motion. 

As it pertains to chipping, the concept is more subtle.  Even the most basic chipping instruction emphasizes the need to keep your weight on your front foot — from address, through impact and into the finish position.  Often, as newer golfers try to execute this concept, they jut the front hip toward the target, thus accentuating the spine angle away from the target. Taken to the extreme, this exposes the front edge of the club to the equator of the ball and can result in the dreaded skull.  If anything, as you set your weight on your front foot, try and tilt TOWARD the target, steepening the angle of attack, de-lofting the club a smidge and putting more backspin on the ball. 

As you organize your practice time, keep in mind that good chipping translates into good ball striking.  Chip chip chip to improve your entire skill set. 

 

"Play Through" Etiquette

It’s the dog days of summer and with the heat and humidity come issues with pace of play.  Everyone moves slower this time of year, and the pace on the golf course is no exception to that reality.  Pace of play conversations can be as tricky as conversations about politics – just as heated and irrational, just as based in “I’m right and you’re wrong.”   The truth is, we ALL need to be conscious of pace of play because at times we are all guilty of slow play.

Golf was invented in Scotland and it is their national sport – everybody plays, regardless of age or ability level.  Everybody plays and they have absolutely no issues with pace of play.  Why is that?  Because just after being weaned from the bottle, Scots learn the magic of allowing others to “play through.”  Generally when I teach new golfers the importance of maintaining pace of play, I emphasize the need to stay connected with the group in front; as long as you are within one stroke of the group in front of you, you are doing your part to maintain the pace.

But should you fall behind, what are you supposed to do?  Especially for those players who want to submit a legitimate score, this poses a dilemma.  The solution?  Let people behind you play through.

What does that mean, and how is it done?  Simple.  If there’s a space in front of you, and a group nipping at your heels, choose a hole (par 3s work particularly well for this) where you hit your tee shot, then wait for the group behind to join you on the tee.  Allow them to play through—they hit their tee shot and then they finish the round in front of you.  Everyone is happy –the faster players are on their way, and the slower players can resume their more leisurely round, complete with legitimate 9-hole score at the end.

Remember – the pace of play at Nehoiden for 9-holes is projected by the USGA to be just under 2 hours.  Even in the dog days of summer, players should be finishing in 2:20.  Slow play can ruin a great day on the golf course – be sure to do your part, and learn to let faster groups PLAY THROUGH.

 
 
You, too, can learn to draw the ball

Most golfers crave distance.  A draw produces maximum-distance ball flight.  Yet most golfers cut/slice. What the heck?

Anyone can learn to hit a draw, with some practice.  To begin with, it’s important to understand what produces a draw.  Let’s assume that a right-handed player wants to start the ball right of the target, then have it turn left, into the pin.  How do you do that? You have to set up to hit a draw, then trust your swing. To get started (oversimplification to follow, duly noted), set your clubface square to the target (perpendicular to the target line).  Close your stance (put your left foot staggered slightly in front of your left). Swing away, with your follow through heading toward “right field.” You must, must, must release the club and finish your swing around your body (more merry-go-round than ferris wheel).

The hard part about hitting a draw is allowing the ball to start out to the right, and trusting that the relative position of the clubface, path and target line will induce the spin needed to turn the ball over.  When you first try this, expect to hit dozens of pushes, off to the right (as a righty). Remember – a push is the first half of a draw, and a push is a “professional” miss.