Brian Mogg Performance Center of Hawaii opens at Hawaii Prince Golf Club on Oahu
HONOLULU -- Capitalizing on Hawaii's popularity with golfers, a partnership between one of professional golf's top instructors, Brian Mogg, and a group of Honolulu businessman that includes Paul Casey, have announced the opening of the Brian Mogg Performance Center of Hawaii.
"I'm very excited about bringing my instructional methods to Hawaii and making them more accessible to golfers throughout the Pacific Rim," said Mogg. "Hawaii is one of the world's great golfing destinations and being able to open my new Performance Center in the beautiful setting of the Hawaii Prince Golf Club will be inviting to golfers everywhere who want to sharpen their shot-making."
This is the fifth Performance Center that Mogg has opened since 2002, the previous four being located in Florida and Canada.
Located at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club in Ewa Beach, the new golf instruction academy will help golfers of all skill levels and ages locally, nationally, and internationally to improve their game. Mogg is being assisted by a staff of Hawaii-based golf pros to operate his instructional programs on a year-round basis, led by Abe Mariano, director of golf operations.
Casey said the new academy will be a benefit Hawaii's visitor industry because of Mogg's standing as a golf coach in Asia, and the recent increase in air service to Honolulu from major Asia markets, most notably by Hawaiian Airlines, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, and ANA.
"Brian Mogg is well respected and sought out by golfers in Asia and especially South Korea, being the coach of 2009 PGA Champion Y.E. Yang and many other up-and-coming golfers from Asia," said Casey, who previously led the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Hawaiian Airlines, and has had business interests in Asia the past several years.
Casey added, "Golf is big in Asia and so is Hawaii. With the Brian Mogg Performance Center of Hawaii, we are selling the best of both and working with travel wholesalers and agents who work in Asia travel to tap into a ready-made market of tourism for Hawaii. This is a new way for Hawaii to reach both individuals and groups in Asia, the world's fastest growing market for outbound travel."
Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), agreed, noting, "Hawaii's favorable year-round climate makes our islands an ideal golf destination for visitors from around the world. The Brian Mogg Performance Center will be a great addition to the state's portfolio of golf options and presents an exciting opportunity for visitors to enjoy the ultimate golf experience in Hawaii. The HTA is committed to supporting and sustaining Hawaii's sports tourism market and would like to congratulate Paul Casey and Brian Mogg on their new endeavor."
Ted McAneeley, director of corporate golf for Prince Resorts Hawaii, noted, "This is an excellent new initiative promoting one of Hawaii's strongest assets in golf, and increased international travel from our growing markets in Asia. We are pleased to offer our support."
In conjunction with the new golf instruction school, a nonprofit foundation, Pure Golf Academy, is also being introduced to support junior golf in Hawaii, and help the next generation of promising golfers develop their game without having to travel abroad.
A former PGA Tour pro, Mogg is highly regarded among professional golfers as a coach and works with both professional and amateur men and women golfers to help maximize their potential. Notable among the PGA Tour pros he coaches is Y.E. Yang, who became the first Asian man to win a major championship when he out-dueled Tiger Woods on the final back nine to take home the 2009 PGA Championship.
Altogether, the Brian Mogg Performance Center has helped professional golfers win more than 20 tournaments combined on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour, and Nationwide Tour. Mogg has been named a Golf Magazine Top 100 Golf Instructor for each of the past eight years (2004-2011), as voted on by the PGA's 28,000 members. He often appears as a guest instructor on the Golf Channel, and has written instructional articles for several golf publications, including Golf Illustrated.
About Hawaii Prince Golf Club
Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, the Hawaii Prince Golf Club is the only golf course of its kind in Hawaii, with 27 holes in three nine-hole layouts that can be played in interchangeable 18-hole combinations. The course is bordered by 90 white-sand bunkers and 10 lakes and offers spectacular views of the Waianae mountain range. It features a full-service clubhouse and restaurant.
For more information about the Brian Mogg Performance Center of Hawaii, visit online at moggperformancehawaii.com.
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January 25, 2011