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“The trainer’s trainer” – Meet Ed Bowe of the
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Golf Academy

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Golf Academy is led by class A-14 PGA Member and Hank Haney PRO 5 Certified Instructor, Ed Bowe.  With over 20 years of experience, Ed “the trainer’s trainer,” has traveled the world bringing his state-of-the-art teaching and learning theories to the most prestigious golf schools and golf resorts around. Under the tutelage of legends like John Jacobs and Hank Haney, Ed has mastered every aspect of the game, making him one of the most sought after golf experts in the country. From ESPN to Golf Digest, when the leaders in the sport of golf want proven instructional techniques, they turn to Ed Bowe.  With his uncanny ability to ascertain how to correct a golfer’s swing within a mere minute, Ed’s signature instructional style transcends skill level, and resonates with even the most novices of players. So whether it’s private lessons, group clinics, or golf school, whatever your needs, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Golf Academy with Ed Bowe is the answer.  Let's get to know director of instruction Ed Bowe a  little better... What is your idea of perfect happiness? Standing in a stream with my flyrod and trout are rising all around me. Who are your heroes in real life? Jack Nicklaus influenced my decision to go into the golf business and my mom and dad gave me the tools with their parenting to excel and go forward into my career. Which talent would you most like to have? Play the guitar. What is your motto? "Today is a great day!" Which historical figure do you most identify with? Will Rodgers.  He was able to connect with almost everyone he encountered and he made things that seemed complicated become simple to understand. What is your greatest extravagance? Living here on our beautiful Amelia Island. On what occasion do you lie? About my weight. What is your greatest regret? Not making it to the PGA Tour. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Having a family, wife and three awesome kids. What is your most treasured possession? Jack Nicklaus autographed 5lb notes.  The UK issued a 5lb note with Jack Nicklaus's picture holding the British Open Trophy on it.  I ordered two and sent them to Jack Nicklaus and he signed them for me. What is your best golf score? In July 2009 I scored a 63 on the Amelia Island Plantation Long Point Golf Course What is your best general golf tip? GASP before every golf shot...GRIP, AIM, STANCE, POSTURE What is your favorite golf course ever played? Spyglass Hill Golf Course Monterey, CA.  It was 1984, we played the course and after the round the Olympic Torch held by a runner went trotting by!  It was an amazing day! What is your favorite Omni Amelia Island Plantation golf hole?  #16 Ocean Links What are you most looking forward to with Omni's reimagination renovation? The new oceanview lobby and large pool area! Schedule your lesson or connect with Ed today!  Omni AIP Golf Academy, (904) 206-0705      

July 5, 2012 - Leave a comment


New Golf Pro Shop and Marsh View Bar & Grill

Watch Broc Nell, director of golf at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation,  give a tour of our newly renovated golf pro shop for Ocean Links and Oak Marsh golf courses, and the new Marsh View Bar & Grill!   Open to guests of the Omni Resort, villa guests with amenity cards, club and annual resort pass members, the Marsh View Bar & Grill is a naturally inviting gathering place offering a menu of southern-inspired, casual fare.  Overlooking vistas of the marsh, Intracoastal Waterway and ninth hole of the Oak Marsh Golf Course, the large, new deck features spectacular views, a new fire pit, outdoor dining and a grill menu, all under the canopy of Live Oaks.  You can enjoy a hearty breakfast before teeing off for 18 holes or relax after a round with lunch and libations.  Or take in a spectacular sunset over the marsh and Intracoastal Waterway in the distance.  I highly suggest you sample the blue crab quesadilla or the chicken salad wrap!

May 9, 2012 - Leave a comment


Broc Nell Named Director of Golf at Amelia Island Plantation

We are pleased to announce that Broc Nell was recently promoted to director of golf at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.  Broc was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, and has had a passion for golf since early in life.  He attended Methodist College in North Carolina, one of fourteen schools for Professional Golf Management in the U.S., and worked at courses from Cape Code to Hawaii prior to interning in golf at the Amelia Island Plantation.  Broc joined our team full time as an assistant professional in 2005 and was then promoted to head professional in 2008. He won the prestigious 2008 GATE PGA Invitational in Ponte Vedra before reemerging in 2011 at the North Florida PGA Championship, both with winning scores of 7-Under par! A member of the PGA of America since 2006, Broc is currently the highest ranked professional in the Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA).  We invite you to get to know our new director of golf, Broc Nell, a little better... What is your most treasured possession? Our new dog Maxfli. He is a 10-week-old Yorkie and a bundle of fun! Who are your real life heroes? PGA Tour professionals are my heroes. Playing this great game for a living in front of millions would be a dream of mine. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Recently being named the Director of Golf at our oceanfront resort has been my biggest career achievement thus far. I love working around the game of golf and running this facility here will be a great test for me. Whether I'm working with the members of the Amelia Island Equity Club or guests on their Florida golf vacation, it's a pleasure to be surrounded by those who love the game. What is your best golf score? My best score is an 8-under 64 on the Oak Marsh golf course. I actually had 2 bogies that day too! What is your favorite golf course ever played? My favorite course I've ever played is Kinloch Golf Club in Richmond, VA. It has been rated in the top 10 in the US several times and the course conditions are impeccable. What is your favorite Omni Amelia Island Plantation hole? My favorite hole here at Amelia Island is #15 on the Ocean Links golf course. It is one of the best par 3's I've ever played. What are you most looking forward to with the  re-imagination? I'm looking forward to the enhancements made to the golf courses over the coming months. Our golf courses have so much potential and the added resources will help us exceed the conditions of our competition and enable us to be a premier Florida golf resort.

April 23, 2012 - Leave a comment


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