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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;


Omni Resorts La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, Calif.

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;

Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Scottsdale, Ariz.

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;


Boulders Resort & Spa
Carefree, Ariz.

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;


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,


Reunion Resort/Annika Academy
Orlando, Fla.

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;


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