Edwin Dickens of Fredericksburg, an accredited member of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America (PGA), is helping Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center start a PGA-recognized indoor golf training facility.
Dawn Bourgeois, Wellness Center director, said Dickens will be a personal trainer specializing in golf. "We are so excited to be able to offer this program and to have Edwin here to help us fold golf into our growing list of services as another option for fitness and fun for all ages," she said. "We’re especially thrilled to have a golf pro of Edwin’s experience here to run the program. Golf is a natural for the Wellness Center since it’s a great form of exercise and fitness, particularly for those who don’t really like more traditional forms of exercise."
Dickens, a member of the Southern Texas Section of the PGA (STPGA), was ranked 22nd in the 2009 Player of the Year standings of that organization’s more than 800 members. Most recently, he served as head golf professional for The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio where he met the golfing needs of approximately 1,100 members. During his career, he has also served as head golf professional for Buckhorn Golf Course in Comfort and Rayner Ranch Golf Club in Spring Branch. In all of these positions, he taught golf to women, men and juniors on a daily basis. "I’ve been extremely fortunate to teach a wide array of golfers in my career, and that experience has made me a better instructor," he said.
"Edwin is a highly motivated and dependable professional with excellent leadership skills," Ms. Bourgeois said. "He has a track record of being able to quickly establish strong working relationships with individuals of all backgrounds and experience, and he has demonstrated his ability to be organized, detail-oriented and a very capable and successful instructor."
Dickens said he has taught golf to people ranging in age from seven to 80-plus years. "I’m looking forward to getting our PGA-recognized indoor facility up and going," he said. He will offer a variety of classes, including a women’s group, fundamentals of golf, classes specific to chipping and putting, golf fitness, strength conditioning and range-of-motion training. Sessions will be offered based on player experience, from beginners who have never held a golf club to the seasoned player who wants to fine-tune a specific aspect of the game.
"And one of the great things about having an indoor facility is that you can come in and practice no matter what the weather is doing outside," he said. "It’s a good learning experience, because it’s a controlled environment where we can focus on swing techniques and learning."
Dickens, a certified fitting professional through the Titleist Performance Institute, also will assist golfers in choosing custom-fit clubs. "Selecting a set of clubs is a lot like buying shoes," he said. "You wouldn’t just go in and pull a size 12 off the shelf if you’re a size 8. It’s the same with clubs. They need to fit your body type and, more importantly, your swing."
Dickens said there are many parallels between golf and life. "To me, golf is the greatest game that’s ever been played," he said. "It’s a lifelong sport that people can play well and enjoy at any age. You can’t say that about many other sports, and golf offers in-depth experiences that teach you life skills."
The Wellness Center will first offer private, individual lessons, and then classes are expected to begin no later than April.
For more information or to schedule private instruction, call the Wellness Center at 830-997-1355.