Golf fitness programs are no passing fad. They’re a fixture at a number of resorts, clubs and standalone facilities around the country. Here are seven programs that will whip you -- and your game -- into shape.
Golf & Body NYC
New York City
A private club in the heart of the Big Apple, it specializes in golf-specific body and brain fitness under the supervision of swing gurus and sports medicine experts, with access to all the technology you’d expect: Trackman launch monitors, putting studios, hitting bays, and more. Individual, family and corporate memberships available. Initiation: $3,500-$5,000. Annual dues $6,000-$10,000; golfbodynyc.com
Omni Resorts La Costa Resort & Spa
True to its name, the resort’s Golf Performance Institute takes a thoughtful approach to your performance, with programs ranging from lifestyle and wellness courses to club fitting and high-tech swing analysis. Among the Institute’s many offerings is a six-day Total Immersion Golf FIT program that leaves no stone unturned in your physical and mental games. Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday. $5,295 for private room. $4,393 for shared room; omnihotels.com
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Serious instruction. Intensive training. Those are the twin pillars of the Kierland Performance Program, a month-long immersive program that pairs the expert teachings of swing gurus Mike and Sandy LaBauve with the strength and flexibility training of Steve Heller, creator of the acclaimed Fore-Max fitness program. Expect to be sore. Expect to add distance. Participants in the program gain an average of 9 mph in swing speed and 27 yards on their drives. $260/one day; $645/three, $880/five; westin.com
Boulders Resort & Spa
The resort’s Golf and Fitness Combo Package is exactly that: a one-two punch applied by Nicole Cavarra, a Class A LPGA instructor and fitness guru. It includes three hours of golf instruction as well as swing analysis and body-motion evaluations aimed at addressing the impediments that keep you from playing your best. $420, or $675/couple; theboulders.com
Exos Golf Experience
Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Frequented by Tour pros like Ricky Barnes and Graham DeLaet, the three-day program at the cutting-edge Exos training facility pairs off participants with an A-list squad that includes a swing instructor, performance specialist, dietitian and physical therapist. You go home with a highly customized plan designed to improve both your swing and well being. Read more about the program here. $5,000, teamexos.com/golf
Reunion Resort/Annika Academy
During her long reign atop the women’s game, Annika Sorenstam was the queen of fitness. Her strength and conditioning coach was Kai Fusser, who now oversees the Championship 3-Day Program at the Annika Academy. Working with Fusser, you’ll devise a customized workout plan along with fitness and nutrition guidelines aimed specifically at game improvement. The program also includes golf instruction, on and off the course; a Callaway club fitting session; 27 holes of golf; and daily breakfast and lunch. $3,000; theannikaacademy.com