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. Matt, an Arizona native, worked as an Assistant Golf Professional and Certified Instructor for Wildfire Golf Academy while earning his PGA Class A credentials. Matt is now the Lead Golf Instructor and runs Wildfire Golf Academy. During this same period, Matt was also the Head Golf Coach for Veritas and North Phoenix Preparatory Academies in Arizona.
Matt’s teaching experience includes golf schools, individual lessons and group clinics for men, women, and juniors of all skill levels. In his teaching philosophy, Matt believes that the body swings the club. Along with this philosophy, Matt provides drill based instruction to create effective changes resulting in long term improvement and more enjoyment of the game. Matt’s belief that modern instructors take on more of a coaching role is evident in his patient manner, communication style and knowledge of golf.
Over the past several years, Matt developed a junior program at Wildfire Golf Club. He exceeded Wildfire’s expectations, and today, Wildfire Junior Academy has more than 30 kids actively receiving individual, and group lessons throughout the week. Most of these juniors had never held a club prior to joining the academy. At present, these juniors compete individually, on teams, or just play for fun. Matt has certainly developed a well-received program.
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. Currently Matt is implementing the Arizona Chapter of the PGA H.O.P.E. program. PGA H.O.P.E. is a non-profit organization that provides free golf instruction to wounded warriors nationwide allowing our servicemen and women the opportunity to learn and enjoy 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 Education Committee. Previously, Alex was the Regional Academy Manager for Golf Digest School, Director of Instruction at TPC in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is currently the Director of Instruction at the Glacier Club, in Durango, Colorado in the summer months.
All of Alex's hard work paid off; in 2012, Alex received the prestigious Golf Digest Magazine's Top 40 Teacher - Under 40 Award and was reelected this past October for the same award. The confident Englishman has had numerous articles published in Golf Digest Magazine, PGATOUR.com, ESPN Las Vegas Radio, CBS Late News, The Arizona Golfer, and The Arizona Republic.
Goals for 2015
Alex’s commitment to his teaching and his continuing growth within his profession has recently seen him earn the Teaching and Coaching 2.0 Certification by the PGA. He is one of nine PGA Professionals in the state of Arizona to have received this qualification and is now continuing his education to gain the highest level of distinction by the PGA; Master Professional in Instruction.
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 his 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.
Approach to Teaching:
- Establish both a mental and physical pre-shot routine that is simple and repeatable for every shot. Start with putting and continue to chipping and full swing.
- Set up a game plan for every hole using your strengths and avoiding your weaknesses.
- Practice apprehension drills that keep your focus on the process and not on the results.
- Understand there are no bad shots until the round is over. (Always a chance you might hole out the next shot)
- Play without expectations of the outcome. Even great players can't wait to see what is going to happen during the round.
- Set goals which are achievable during the round in order to have FUN. (ex. Fellowship with friends, chipping in or holing a long putt)
- Practicing these techniques will help you to achieve a quiet relaxed state of mind and lead you to achieving your best results.