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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:
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.
Gregory Fields, PGA Senior Teaching Professional
Gregory joined the Kapalua Golf team in 1999 as a Senior Teaching Professional. His eighteen years of experience as a PGA Professional prior to relocating to Maui included Head Professional at Poppy Hills and Director of Instruction at Bayonet and Black Horse. Gregory is the 2015 Teacher of the Year for the Aloha Section of the PGA.
Fields credits "Swing Doctor" Mike Adams and David Leadbetter as principle influences in his technical expertise and Jim Flick and Bob Toski on the methods of teaching by feel. Gregory has helped thousands of golfers over the years and the secret to success is his ability to look for the perfect swing for each of his students, not one perfect swing for everyone.
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.