The Pestovo Golf Academy prides itself on upholding the traditions of the game whilst embracing the latest technology to help and improve all students.
Our PGA qualified staff leave no stone unturned in finding out how to improve our students and how to make them feel like they are at home.
Apart from the vast knowledge of the staff our biggest asset is the relaxed and intimate learning environment that has been created by the Director of Golf Stephen Dundas.
Stephen is a former British Amateur champion, he has played in many tour events including the British Open and US Masters. He has played and worked at some of the best clubs in the world and has used his 25 years’ experience in golf to help create a golfing experience at Pestovo that is admired throughout the golfing community.
The Pestovo Golf Academy is much more than a place to come and improve your golf, we build relationships with our members, we get to know what they like and don’t like. We offer a concierge style service that includes booking golf trips, winter training camps and many other services.
We look forward to seeing you at the academy, getting to know you a little better and most importantly improving your game!
golf club professionals
- Started playing golf in 1998 in the Junior Golf Academy at "El Plantio" Golf, Alicante, Spain.
- Through the next 5 years won over 15 Junior and Amateur Golf Turnaments at local and national level reaching hcp. 3 in 2003.
- In 2003 started teaching kids at "Bonalba Golf" Academy.
- In 2005 started studying a Tourism Degree in University "Miguel Hernandez" Benidorm, Spain, while working as a Junior Coach & Caddie Master at Jack Nicklause´s new 36 holes golf course in Benidorm, Spain.
- Worked as a caddie for spanish golf tour professional Carlos Balmaseda (winner of the 2010th order of merit)
- Graduated from University in 2008.
- Started MBA in Golf Management at "Les Roches" International School of Tourism and Hospitality, Marbella, Spain in January 2009.
- After graduation in October 2009 started practical internship at Frenchman's Creek Golf and SPA, Miami, Florida.
- Played numerous amateur and profesional tournaments including PGA Honda Classic and US Open Qualifiers while training with one of Americas Top 100 teacher Carl Lohren.
- In 2011 moved to New York to start working at Deepdale Golf Club assisting the Caddie Master. There had the luck of Caddying for Matt Dobyns (PGA Professional National Championship winner in 2012) and train with renowned Golf Teacher Darrell Kestner (played 3 Senior Majors in 2012, Top 100 teachers of America)
- Started playing golf in 1997 in Moscow City Golf Club;
- Won World Youth Games (Moscow, 1998) and Moscow Golf Cup (2000);
- In 2001 came to practice to Moscow Country Club with the National Team coach Igor Ivashin;
- Was the member of Russian National Golf Team from 2003 to 2010;
- Started teaching juniors in Golf Academy in MCC. Almost all of them continue playing golf and some of them join Moscow and Russian National Golf Teams;
- In 2007 took part in Summer Universiade in Bangkok;
- In 2008 graduated from Moscow Aviation University and started studying in Russian Physical Education University;
- Won individual and team cups in World University Games (Milano, 2009 and Valencia, 2010);
- In 2010 started teaching 75 juniors in Olympic Research Golf School in Kurkino, Moscow Region;
- In 2012 started studying Professional Golf in the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) and started working in Pestovo Golf and Yacht Club
1995 started at the Junior Golf Academy at Moscow Country Club
2007 Graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Culture Sports and Tourism
2002-2012 Represented Russian golf team in international golf tournaments as an amateur
2012-2014 Participated in tournaments of the Ladies European Tour (LET and LETAS)and worked with world experts such as:
-Sean Foley-No.2 on Golf Digest's list of America's Top 50 Teachers who is currently teaching PGA Tour players Hunter Mahan and Justing Rose and has also worked with Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and others
-James Leitz, PGA Professional, one of the worlds experts on ball-flight analysis, and 3D technology, member of the top 100 teachers of America and top 100 club fitters
- David Orr, PGA Professional-specializes in putting and has worked with over 50 touring professionals worldwide including Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan Cheynne Woods etc
2015 worked as a golf coach at the Moscow City Golf Club and at the Agalarov Golf and Country Club Junior Athlete Golf Academy
Pestovo Golf Academy uses tried and tested methods whilst utilizing the latest video and computer technology. Pestovo Golf Academy has the following facilities
- 350 meters Practice fairway
- Two USGA specified chipping greens with bunkers, one large putting green
- 4 covered baize
- 2 classrooms complete with golf simulators, launch monitors and swing analysis software
The combination of advanced technology, exceptional professionalism and a desire to offer the best service means Pestovo Golf Academy is the perfect golfing and learning environment for you to reach your potential.
Winter Golf and Maslenitsa
Dear members and guests,
We will be glad to see you in Pestovo to play winter golf and participate in Maslenitsa, Russian traditional holiday on the 26th of February.
Pestovo Final Swing 2016
Passed down an amazing day full of surprises, gifts and good mood!
As this entire year was memorable for great events, extraordinary events and amazing Golf records. And no wonder, because it's the year of Jubilee Golf and Yacht Club "Pestovo"!
For 10 years, "Pestovo" welcomes golfers conducts tournaments and opens for everyone the magical world of Course!
Match Play «Pestovo» Vs «Skolkovo»
The meeting took place this weekend between Golf clubs "Pestovo" and "SKOLKOVO". The results of the two-day tournament, our opponents won with a score of 35.5 - 24.5 cm.
Family Cup 2016 «Family Battle – Grill Party»
Golf club "Pestovo" held dynamic, colorful and such a family Tournament! Family Cup 2016. Participation in this tournament, promised to our Club Members not only victory, but also communication with family and it was, naturally, a priority. The event itself was new to all the evening guests were in for a surprise and it is not a gala dinner, as we used to, and the culinary battle from the company's Live kitchen and BORK, but more on that a little bit later.
Final of national Golf League club teams
September 2, Pestovo Golf and yacht club scored an incredible victory in the final BATTLE of the CLUB GOLF TEAMS in 2016, which was held at the Golf club Zavidovo PGA National.
Match Play "Pestovo" Vs "Tseleevo" at Pestovo golf course
On your marks, get set... Started match play between Golf and yacht club Pestovo and Tseleevo Golf and Polo club ! This is the warmest match meeting of the season.
Match Play «Pestovo» vs «Hole-in-one»
Incredible victory occurred yesterday on the Golf course Pestovo! We are proud of our Club Members, with a score of 19:17 we won the Cup on a match meeting with a Hole in One!
Pestovo Championship golf club 2016. 1st Day
The participants of the most awaited tournament of this year, timed to the 10th anniversary of the Golf – club "Pestovo" with interest watched game each other. The unpredictable finale of the tournament fueled interest in the game, but at the same time does not interfere with the golfers to remember the tournament and good mood of the participants.
Pestovo President Cup 2016
Two saturated and hot days. Two beautiful and professional golf courses. For the third year in a row, these words describe one of the most important tournament of the season - Pestovo President Cup
Pestovo Junior Pro Am
Incredibly colorful, lively and a sunny tournament Pestovo Junior Pro Am was held at 29 May 2016 in Pestovo golf club!
For the first time juniors of Pestovo met with the Russian Golf Association juniors at one golf course to compete to find out who is worthy to be a winner!
Zaya Flowers Invitational 2016
Dear Club Members and Guests!
Finally! There was a long-awaited and as bright funny-tournament in season 2016 Zaya Flowers Invitational!
The sea of bright and unforgettable impressions expected participants of the tournament at this day!
The grand opening of the season of the Pestovo Anniversary Year
14th of May in the Pestovo Golf and Yacht Club was held the long-awaited Opening of the season. This year we were fortunate to have an opening of the season 2016 with good weather, a lot of participants, guests and sponsors.
13 of March 2016 in Pestovo Golf club was held a long-awaited farewell to winter and meeting the spring!
Maslenitsa indulge all guests delicious treats, tea from a samovar, and active entertainment program.
VI annual winter golf tournament 2016
22 of February at Pestovo Golf and Yacht Club was held VI Annual tournament of Winter Golf.
Morning snow could complicate the players to play on, but the start of the tournament the weather improved and the game was easy and relaxed.
Pestovo Final Swing 2015
26th of September at the Pestovo golf club was held a closed of season tournament «Final Swing 2015».
The weather gave us a great opportunity to enjoy the game, the last warm days and each other's company.
Individual Match Play Final 2015
On sunny Sunday morning, on the 13th of September, met the most active club members at the Pestovo golf club. The reasons for morning golf were more than enough.
Beachcomber Family Cup 2015
According to the tradition, on the first Saturday of Autumn, 5th of September, we held the family golf tournament «Pestovo Beachcomber Family Cup 2015". Just like in the last season, the tournament was held in scramble format, three clubs and putter, two people in the team. The will to win, the family support and a little patience, all of this helped to our club members to take easily the golf course, despite the typical Autumn weather conditions.
Match Play «Pestovo» vs «Agalarov»
29th and 30th of August the long-awaited meeting - on the golf course fought two friendly clubs - Pestovo and Agalarov. 36 players of two golf clubs assembled and dedicated weekend match meeting to determine the title of the strongest club of the season in the traditional match meeting between the two clubs - Pestovo and Agalarov.
Match Play Pestovo vs Moscow Country Club
On the 8th and 9th August the Annual Match play competition between two golf Clubs – Pestovo Golf Club and Moscow Country Club. The golf tournament was played in two days on two golf courses.
CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF CLUB
18 - July 19 in Golf - and Yacht Club "Pestovo" held the ninth Championship golf the season in 2015 - the main sporting event of the season, the results of which are determined by the best players of the season - champions whose names will be signed in the history of golf club "Pestovo". In parallel with the adult players Championship, for the first time was held Pestovo Junior Championship.
II Annual Pestovo President Cup 2015
On the 28th of June “Pestovo” golf club hosted The II Annual Pestovo President Cup 2015. The purpose of the tournament is to unite the members of two great golf clubs “Pestovo” and “Forest Hills” which belong to one group of companies named “Pestovo”. The tournament composes two rounds where by the results of two days estimates the Winner.
Pestovo Junior Trophy 2015
Has already become a good tradition, children's golf tournament Pestovo Junior Trophy, perhaps one of the most anticipated tournaments of the season. This year the tournament was held on May 31 and was, as always, is timed to the International Children's Day.
Zaya Flowers Invitational 2015
The most unusual competition of the season - funny-Zaya Flowers Invitational Tournament 2015 - took place 30th of May, 2015. The surprises started in the early morning: the tournament met fairy rabbits, which gladly took pictures with the guests of the event, as well as comic rabbit orchestra, who set the mood of warm-up of the tournament.
The Opening tournament Pestovo Cup 2015
16th may 2015, the Golf and yacht club "Pestovo" hosted the first Golf tournament- The Opening of the season 2015. This year Pestovo is starting the 9th golf season in its history. And this season promises to be very rich for the golf events.
Golf Professional tips
Golf Professional tips for June
THE FRIED EGG or plugged ball in the bunker gives most amateur golfers nightmares but with some simple adjustments it should be so difficult to at least get the ball out of the bunker.
Below are 4 key adjustments that will help you get the ball out of the bunker every time.
Normal Vs Plugged Lie
In pic 1, this is the standard set up position of the club to play a normal bunker shot.
In pic 2 you can see that I have closed the club more and the club head is placed further behind the ball. This is because I need to make contact more before the ball when it’s a plugged lie.
Normal Vs Plugged lie
You will see in pic 3 the position I get into for a normal bunker shot.
In pic 4 you can see that my backswing is more upright or vertical. To get the ball out of the bunker from a plugged lie this is essential.
Normal Vs Plugged lie
In pic 5 you can see that I make contact quite close to the ball.
In pic 6 I am making contact much more before the ball.
What we cannot see from the pictures is the speed of the swing. To get the ball out of the bunker from a plugged lie we need to swing the club much faster and more aggressive.
Recap for playing plugged lie.
- Close the club more
- Make the backswing more upright
- Swing faster and more aggressively
- Make contact more before the ball
If you do the above im sure you will have more success getting out of this difficult situation.
Golf Professional tips for May
I'm sure you have all seen golf on the TV, the man or the lady professional who is not very tall but can hit it 280 meters.
One of the main reasons how the pros are able to hit it so far is they start in a good position (Picture 1)
and they always have at least 80% of their weight on their left side at impact (Picture 4)
One of the biggest mistakes I see with amateur golfers is they try to help the ball up into the air. When they do this they get 70% of their weight on their right foot (Picture 2).
This causes you make contact before the ball, hit the top of the ball, lose power and can cause severe back, leg and elbow pain.
To help you make better contact, hit the ball further and prevent injury very simply put a tee approximately 5-10cm in front of the ball, get in a good starting position and then swing and try and make contact with the tee. (Picture 3)
Picture 4- Look at how my weight is on my left side and I have made contact with the ball and the teens gone.
If you can do this I guarantee you will make much better contact, hit the ball further and prevent injury.
I hope 2016 is a great golf season for you all!
Short Game Imagination
The short game is considered by many to be an art, something you need feel for, something you need lots of imagination for, something you need to be creative with!
It’s no coincidence that the two best short game players in the world have all of the above. They are the late Seve Ballesteros and the very old Gary Player. Both players had great imagination, great feel and great creativity allowing (ďîçâîë˙ţůčé) them to play many different kinds of shots with different clubs!
The big question is what if I don’t have these skills? What can do to help me become more creative and to have a better imagination?
The answer is simple.
Practice using a table!
When something is obstructing us it forces us to think differently, do I go under the table? Do I go over the table? This helps you see a shot, imagine a shot you want to play before you hit it.
CHIP AND RUN SHOT
Go under the table!
Choose a 8 or 9 iron and try and hit the ball under the table, if you can’t do this then try a 6 or 7 iron. This is a great way to practice your chip and run shots!
HIGH FLOATING SHOT (LOB)
Go over the table!
Choose your sand wedge or the most lofted club you have and practice hitting shots over the table. You will see that the ball will stop quite quickly!
This is not only a fun way to practice but it is a great way to help you develop great feel, great imagination and great creativity.
Take sticks out your bag
If you go to any PGA or LPGA tour event you will see most of the professionals practicing with their alignment sticks. I see many of our members and many amateur golfers have these in their bag but I don’t see many of you actually using them!
Below are some ways that you can use the sticks to help you.
Go on! Take them out your bag!
The stick on the right should point to your target, the stick on the left should be parallel to that line and this is where your feet should be.
Hitting the ball straight
Put the sticks approximately 10 meters in front of you and about 1 meter apart like in the picture. Try hitting the ball through the 1 meter space.
Putting- this is a great exercise to train your stroke to go straight back and straight through towards the hole.
How to hit it longer and straighter?
How to hit it longer and straighter! Most of you dream of being able to hit the ball further, to get on the par 5 in 2 shots or maybe even drive a par 4!
This tip is going to help you achieve this.
One of the biggest problem I see in most golfers is lack of rotation. Rotation gives us power and speed, it also means we are using our body more than our hands which for golf and hitting the ball longer is a good thing.
Try and make the same kind of back swing when the ball is in its normal position. I guarantee if you practice this exercise you will hit the ball longer and straighter.