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"So then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." 
Col. 2: 6-7
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Dates below are still available.
November 9-11, Nov. 30-Dec 2, December 28-30
!!Short Game Academy!!
November 17th, 9am to Noon 
Unlike many other schools, class sizes are always kept small.  It is much more like individual instruction in a group setting. We spent a great deal of time on-course instead of just hitting balls on the range. 
At the Harvey Penick Academy, the student comes first! 
(Go to the bottom of this page to see testimonials from recent students)

The Harvey Penick Golf Academy is a Texas golf academy located in Austin. We offer a golf clinic featuring the teaching philosophy of one of the greatest instructors of all time, Harvey Penick.  In collaboration with Austin writer Bud Shrake, Harvey authored several golf instruction books with millions of copies sold. The number one and two all-time sports best sellers are Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book (1992) and If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend (1993). These were followed by For All Who Love the Game (1995) and The Game for a Lifetime (1996), a work in progress at the time of his death. 

Beginning in 1993 and ending in 2009, the Penick Academy was held at Golfsmith and had well over 20,000 students attend. Now, under the leadership of the former Head Professional and one of the original instructors, Jim Hopkins, it continues to help students of all levels increase their enjoyment of the great game of golf. Our goal is simple: provide the absolute best golf academy for all level of players. 

One of the truly unique things about our academy is that you will be working directly with instructors who knew Mr. Penick.  In this time of advanced theories and confusing golf swing technology that can tie your body and mind into knots, Harvey's simple thoughts using clear images and direct instruction work as well today as they ever have.  At the Harvey Penick Academy, we will teach you the principles you need to understand for a lifetime of enjoying this great game!

We are very proud to announce that all
our Austin, Texas academies
will now be held at beautiful
Wolfdancer Golf Club, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines resort!!!
LODGING: The prices for our schools do NOT include lodging. However, a special rate has been set aside for Harvey Penick Golf Academy attendees at a few area hotels.

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Hey Jim,

Shot 79 yesterday in the wind (lowest in quite a while) with birdies on 17 and 18. Thanks to you guys.  Believe it or not, Linda has been practicing every day with Lori. Thought I’d never see that, ever. Those two have been taking your instructions VERY seriously. 

What a wonderful experience we all had with you and Dave. Can’t thank you enough for your patience, humor, and terrific instruction. You helped make the whole two days a happy memory we will keep forever.


My wife Dianna and I attended the Harvey Penick Golf Academy in early April.

I'd just like to reiterate what an enjoyable time we had with Jim at the Academy. For once golf seemed like fun rather than hard work!

Wolfdancer is a great course and Jim was a fine ambassador for not only the Academy but for Wolfdancer and the Hyatt facilities. He and the whole staff - from the bag drop, to the proshop, starters, staff in the restaurant and the guys who took care of us when we finished - provided Dianna and me with a first class experience and vacation.

Although from Chicago, I have always associated Harvey Penick with Austin golf, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. With Harvey's legacy continuing on under Jim’s capable stewardship, I think the Academy  brings another facet of prestige and uniqueness to Lost Pines and it's position as a premier golf destination.

And it doesn't hurt that I've been hitting drives a good 30 yards further than ever (and in the correct fairway to boot)!

I hope the Academy, Wolfdancer and Hyatt can further capitalize on a great combination. I certainly have nothing but good things to say, with memories of one of our best golf vacations.

Regards, John R.

Hello Jim,

I'm trying to practice for an hour, 2-3 times a week and play after practicing on one of those days.  I do very much feel the techniques learned at the Penick Academy are greatly benefitting me.  My practice sessions are much more meaningful, and EVERY SINGLE BUNKER SHOT over the last 3 rounds has been picture perfect! 

Additionally, I'm hitting my driver straighter and farther than ever -- I've even been able to hit nice draw shots on dog-left left fairways.  I have hit more greens than ever and lowered my scores nicely.  After being continuously pressed by my usual playing partners, I finally shared my secret with them, just by saying, "Jim, Roy, and Woody".  (I did go on to explain the connection to the Penick Academy.)

One last thing......eight of us got together this past weekend to play a small money tournament where we each put in $25 -- winnings were paid out to all eight on a sliding scale (1st place $100, 2nd place $40,....).  The crazy thing is we planned 36 holes each on Saturday and Sunday and pairings were adjusted after each round.

Well I dropped out after 2 rounds and the rest of us were so worn out we decided before the 3rd round Sunday morning that it would be the final round (there was a difference of 5 shots between 1st and last).  I'm happy to say that I won the tournament by 4 strokes, following up my two Saturday rounds of 85 each with a Sunday round of 82.  What makes this more special for me is that I have never shot better than 94 on the same course!  Each of these scores could have been better but the greens were not in good shape and were hard to putt; I know in my heart I added at least 3 more strokes Sunday morning due to this.

In closing, I wanted to thank you, Woody, and Roy one more time - this game has gotten a whole lot more enjoyable.  Thanks again.

Walter M.

I know it's early...but I'll share the initial report from round one.
Front nine, had to get an idea and start to trust what "chute" the ball was going to come out of.  Tended to keep aiming right and hit where I aimed without much draw.  43
Trusted that I'd start the ball more on-line on the back nine. Aimed more down the middle and at the pins. 35
so...a promising 78 out of the gates.

Hitting lots of sweet spots with my little half swings in practice.  Hope to keep it up and start taking dead aim!

Shane P.