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Mission Inn Golf Academies

Where your game can only get better.

Our world-class instruction is not about identifying problems, it’s about fixing them forever.

Renowned golf courses paired with award-winning instructors to deliver private and group instructions that really make a difference.

What Do You Want to Focus On?

  • Focus and mental agility
  • Short game
  • Long game
  • Fitness and strength
  • Group clinics

Our instruction can be customized to your needs. From our 6-hour, 2-day programs to our comprehensive 5-day programs, you will benefit from private or semi-private instruction, equipment assessment, personal instruction, digital swing analysis and much more.

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Bird Golf Academy

The Bird Golf Academy is the dream of Jay Ewing, founder, owner, and Director of Instruction. Jay’s vision is the result of more than 20 years as a golf professional. Jay’s teaching background working with juniors has been extensive, as it is with players of all skill levels. An author of two books, Jay founded The Bird Golf Academy in 1999 and has run successful programs at Mission Inn ever since. Primary focus is on one/two student to one teacher ratio resulting in personalized instruction.


Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy

Mission Inn Resort is proud to be the home of the world’s premier junior golf Academy – The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. GGGA was founded and is led by Gary Gilchrist, a world-renowned teacher recognized by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Gilchrist has taught many of the best juniors and professionals in the game including Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Yani Tseng, Shanshan Feng, Fabrizio Zanotti, Morgan Hoffman, and many more. This internationally known golf academy runs a year-round teaching academy with programs for juniors, adults, amateurs, and professionals. “The Stay. Play. & Train.” package with either 3 & 5-day options offers world-class, elite golf training with golf and accommodations here at Mission Inn Resort. GGGA also features a full-time boarding junior golf program, summer and year-round golf camps, private lessons and mental training. The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy approaches player instruction differently by presenting a development program that enables student’s to build on their progress day after day versus the traditional lesson. Students truly learn to train like champions.


The Schematic Golf System is the first patented motion training system that maintains and builds mathematically perfect golf swings in all aspects of the body and club to zero degrees. Produces ball flight to zero degrees from start to finish. Arrange for individual private or unlimited annual golf instructions.

Schematic Golf with Gary Anderson – 25 years on-site at Mission Inn.


Individual hourly golf lessons with Mission Inn pro staff:

  • Adult instruction...PGA Head Golf Professional - $80 per hour / $45 per half hour
  • Junior instruction - 17 and under...Head Golf Professional - $50 per hour
    Assistant Golf Professional - $30 per hour

On course playing lessons are also available by appointment.

Contact Pro Shop

All Clinics and tournaments are FREE to Lake County Junior residents, ages 5-18. Sponsored by Lake County Junior Golf, Inc. Special thanks to all participating

Golf professionals and volunteers!  All Clinics and Tournaments will be held at Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey-in-the-Hills. It is important that you apply early! Download Application – PDF.

Space is limited. Past participants will receive priority.
Registration Deadline —Thursday, May 31st.
All Clinics will be held at Mission Inn — All Divisions — Space is Limited!
Clinic Schedule
June 10th, 17th, 24th; July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
2pm – Beginners; 4pm – Intermediate & Advanced –

“Little Hitters” (ages 5-8) 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Play & Learn On-Course Golf Clinics

Every Wednesday in June & July beginning June 13th @ 11am
Advanced (18 Holes) – Intermediate (9 Holes) – Beginner (4 holes)
Players may compete in as many tournaments as they choose.
All participants must register.


Tournament Schedule
June 21st & 28th; July 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
11:00 am registration and 11:15am tee times


Pool Party & Awards for Junior Participants at Mission Inn Resort & Club
Tuesday, July 31st 11:00am – 1:00pm; Hot Dogs and Ice Cream!!


Lake County Junior Golf Open is a 2 Day Event – August 1st & 2nd

Free to LCJG Participants, All others $30.00


Format: Individual stroke play. Trophies will be awarded at each tournament.




Ages 5-18. Participants must be a Lake County resident and 5 years old before August 1st. Space is limited. NOTE: NON Lake County residents may participate, space available at a fee of $200.00


Equipment: Bring your own clubs; however, we do have a few spare clubs available. Free beverages will be provided to participants. *US Kids Golf Clubs available for order to LCJGA members at reduced rates.


Dress Code: Shirts must have sleeves and collars. Shorts permitted. No cut-offs or jeans. Hats and sunscreen are HIGHLY recommended!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Parents are encouraged to attend and help with scoring. For more information call Taylor Sichko at 352-324-3932.

Lake County Junior Golf, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging youngsters to learn and embrace the game of golf for a lifetime of enjoyment!

   Thanks to all our instructors including:


Taylor Sichko – Jr. Golf Director
Robert Dean – Mission Inn Assistant Golf Professional
Brett Aring, Garrett Goodwin – LCJG Coaches

Gary Anderson – Schematic Golf Director of Instruction

For more information, or to book a program, please call 352.324.3885 or 407.886.6000 (toll free in the Orlando area). You can also email

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