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 email@example.com.
Check out our instruction offerings and choose the option that works for you:
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)
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)
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
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.
At Nehoiden, we are committed to growing the game and in particular to bringing young players into golf. Our Junior Programs will combine on-range and on-course instruction. Juniors will develop a full swing, and learn the full array of short game skills. Will include on-course play every day. Junior Golf Instruction will be available throughout the peak season at Nehoiden Golf Club.
The Junior Golf Academy is open to all juniors between the ages of 8-15. Golf Academy will cover all aspects of the game including: etiquette, basic rules, putting, chipping, pitching and full swing. The Academy is designed to combine skill instruction with golf-oriented academic learning such as physics of the swing, golf and sustainability, and bird/animal identification on the course. The five-day, half-day academy also includes on-course instruction each day. Healthy snacks and drinks provided as well as prizes. Click here to see our flyer for more information. Equipment provided as needed.
Choose from three sessions. All dates will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis:
Summer 2019 Academy Dates To Be Announced Soon
Academies run from 9am-Noon each day
Meet the Pro, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.