Kapalua Golf Academy
Kapalua Golf Academy
The Kapalua Golf Academy is Hawaii's most complete state-of-the-art golf school and practice facility, designed by PGA Touring Professional, Hale Irwin.
The golf academy and 23-acre practice area provide golf instruction in all aspects of the game—putting, chipping, wedge and bunker play, specialty shots and the full swing.
Additionally, Kapalua's dedicated staff of PGA Professionals offer a full spectrum of instructional programs: individual golf lessons, corporate clinics, golf schools, daily clinics and custom off-site instruction.
Congratulations to the Kapalua Golf Academy on their recent awards:
"Top 25 Golf Schools" - GOLF Magazine
- "Best Teachers in Hawaii" - Golf Digest
- "Teacher of the Year" - PGA Aloha Section
- Ben Hongo - "Teacher of the Year" - PGA Aloha Section
- Certified Ping, Taylor Made and Titleist Club Fitters
- 2015 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range in the Public Category
Meet The Instructors:
Ben Hongo, PGA Director of Instruction
Ben was selected to join the Kapalua Golf Academy in 2000 and has quickly become one of the most respected instructors in Hawaii. Hongo's awards and accolades include "Aloha Section PGA Teacher of the Year" in 2002, "One of Hawaii's Top Teachers" by Golf Digest three times (selected by his peers), and was named "Hawaii's Junior Golf Leader Award" in 2008.
Born in Japan, Ben is conversationally fluent in Japanese and his mild manner style lends itself well to golfers of all ages and skill levels. He has been a member of the Kapalua Golf team since 1989 after relocating from Central California.
Bradley Bowen, PGA Senior Teaching Professional
Bradley began his career in golf with Kapalua in 1991 after relocating to Maui from San Jose, California. After earning PGA membership in 1995, Bowen was the Head Golf Professional at Maui Country Club from 1998-2004 and Kahili Golf Club from 2004-2009 before shifting his focus to instruction.
Bowen's playing highlights include winning the 2011 Aloha Section Senior Championship, qualifying for the PGA Senior Professional National Championship three times (’01, ’03, ’04), Medalist Honors at the 1997 US Open Local Qualifier in Honolulu, and four times he was named a member of Hawaii Governor's Cup Professional Team ('00, '03, '07, 13).
His teaching philosophy is simple – help the golfer build a repeating swing or stroke through an understanding of proper fundamentals, adequately train these fundamentals to develop the trust to execute the basic golf shots of putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing. A quick pre-shot check list of grip, ball position, posture, aim / alignment specific to the shot type ensures the body is preset to make the proper motion.
Todd O'Neal, PGA Senior Teaching Professional
Todd has rejoined the Kapalua Golf team in July of 2015 as a senior teaching professional. O'Neal originally worked for Kapalua Golf as a teaching professional from 2001-2003. O'Neal is a 23 year PGA member with previous positions including Head Teaching Professional at Royal Oaks Country Club as well as most recently General Manager of Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell, Oregon.
O'Neal's teaching philosophy is rooted in the fundamentals - grip, stance, alignment, posture and balance with a focus on motivating and inspiring the individual to realize their fullest potential. Lastly, the short game is a main focus as it allows a person to enhance anyone's ability to score.
O'Neal's teaching accomplishments include three time Oregon State Athletics Association (OSAA) Boy's and Girl's Golf Coach of the Year and 2010 Pacific Northwest Section and Oregon Chapter PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year, O'Neal has also qualified and played in the PGA TOUR's Hawaiian Open in 1992 and 1993.
- 85,000 square feet of grass teeing area
- 3 Hole Walking Course
- Several practice putting greens
- Greenside fairway practice bunkers
- 18-hole putting course
- Ample target flags and greens
- Specialty short game area
- Sheltered tee area
- Indoor hitting bay with digital video analysis
- Distance wedge area with greens from 20 to 120 yards
- 2,500 square foot learning center