Wildfire Golf Academy offers an exceptional instruction facility for golf lessons in Phoenix located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert adjacent to 36 holes of world-class golf. Our high tech game improvement facility features a private practice area, a putting and chipping green, practice bunkers and the finest diagnostic technologies.
Instruction & Practice Facilities
Wildfire Golf Club
- 5350 E Marriott Dr
- Phoenix, Arizona
- 85054 USA
Instruction & Practice Facilities
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Take advantage of our golf lessons in Phoenix at The Academy which offers one-to-three-day golf schools, private lesson programs and comprehensive player development programs for golfers of every skill level. Wildfire Golf Academy features state-of-the-art technology, coupled with our instructional programs that give highly personalized attention to your needs and unique skill levels.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or low handicap golfer, it is our priority to make your game the absolute best it can be!
Matt Keel, Lead Instructor
Matt began his career with JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club in December, 2005. Up until recently, Matt, an Arizona native, worked as an Assistant Golf Professional and Certified Instructor for Wildfire Golf Academy. He now oversees the Wildfire Golf Academy as the Lead Instructor. Prior to this, Matt was the Head Golf Coach for Veritas and North Phoenix Preparatory Academy in Arizona.
Matt’s teaching experience includes individual lessons for men, women, and juniors. Over the past couple of years, Matt developed a junior program at Wildfire Golf Club. He exceeded Wildfire’s expectations, and today, Wildfire Golf Club Junior Program has more than 50 kids actively receiving individual, and group lessons throughout the week. Most of these juniors had never held a club. At present, these juniors compete individually, on teams, or just play for fun. Matt has certainly developed a well received program.
Goals for 2013
As a Lead Instructor, Matt plans on creating clinics for JW Marriott’s “The Club“ members, resort, and Marriott Vacation Club International guests. Matt, also known as “The Short-Game Guru” will focus the clinic on how the body swings the club for the Full Swing, and Short Game. Matt’s individual lessons will focus on assisting each student in achieving their golf goals, from playing with friends to junior-level competition.
Matt’s affection for golf started at age eight, he was support by his parents, and inspired by his golf coach, who gave him years of coaching and encouragement. Today, Matt is passing on the goodwill; he is giving his time and educating the First Tee of Phoenix program and Southwest Section PGA in the game of golf.
Alex Fisher, PGA
Alex began his career with JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club in 2010. Alex, an ambitious and enthusiastic Professional Golfer studied at De Monteford Lincoln University in England; he received a Degree in Golf Management. Alex quickly put his education to work by earning his PGA, Class "A" Membership in 2007.
Playing since he was nine-years-old, Alex continues to be actively involved in the golf industry, Alex currently serves on the Southwest Section PGA Board of Directors, and Co-Chairs Educations. Previously, Alex was the Regional Academy Manager for Golf Digest School, and the Director of Instruction at TPC in Las Vegas, Nevada.
All of Alex's hard work paid off; in 2012, Alex received the prestigious Golf Digest Magazine's Top 40 Teacher -Under 40 Award. The confident Englishman made his debut on PGATOUR.com, ESPN Las Vegas Radio, CBS Late News, The Arizona Golfer, and The Arizona Republic.
Goals for 2013
The passionate Alex Fischer intends to bring his passion of golf into the lives of those who have an interest. His encouraging ways of coaching have attracted not only men, but women, and juniors of all ages. Alex is a quick teach, with the patience to motivate anyone to learn the game.
As a dedicated resident, Alex has provided generously to his community. For years now, he has supported Junior Achievement, Valley of the Sun, United Way, and WoMAC; respectfully, Alex pledges he will continue giving to those who seek his teaching.
Tommy Price, PGA
Tommy began is career with JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club in 2011. Tommy has an extensive history in the golf industry, which started in 1974 when he became a Class "A" member of the Professional Golf Association; now, achieving a life-time member status.
In 1990, Tommy played the Greater Greensboro Open on the PGA Tour. He continued his career and played in two U.S. Senior Opens; in 1998, at Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, California, and 2003, at Caves Valley Country Club in Baltimore Maryland. Tommy also played five Senior PGA Championships on the Champions Tour, and a number of regular Champions Tour events. He qualified for European Seniors Tour and played four years (1999 thru 2002).In 1999, Tommy won the Carolinas PGA, Section Seniors Championship with a record score of 66 & 67 totaling 133. He was an annual contender in National Senior Club Professional Tournaments, winning the Quarter Century and Stroke Play Championship in 2004. Playing in the Senior Series Tours, Tommy won many tournaments.
Having had the opportunity of owning two beautiful courses in the Carolinas, it is clear Tommy has made golf a lifetime endeavor. He now, has taken on the challenge of teaching men, women, and juniors how simple and fun it can be to learn to play golf.
In 1999, Tommy was part of a group of professionals who persuaded the Prime Minister of Trinidad to release funds to build up a partially-built golf course; the intent was to promote golf amongst the youth. Most recently, in 2012, Tommy assisted in the Waste Management Phoenix Open to promote The First Tee Program.