Meet the Instructors
Only the Best at Villas of Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando, Florida
Supervised by Academy of Golf Director Fred Griffin, students at the Academy of Golf draw upon an immense wealth of golfing talent. Named "Teacher of the Year" by the PGA of America's North Florida Section, Fred Griffin has carefully researched and planned all Academy of Golf programs, emphasizing close contact between teacher and student. To maintain our standards of personal attention, classes are limited to eight students per group, two groups maximum.
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Fred Griffin, Director of Grand Cypress Academy of Golf
Recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the 50 best golf instructors in America, Fred Griffin is responsible for the development of all golf instructional programs at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf. A PGA Class A professional with over 20 years of teaching experience, Griffin has served as the Director of the Academy since it opened in 1986. A superb teacher, Fred was honored as Teacher of the Year for the North Florida section of the PGA. An instruction advisor for several golf publications and a frequent speaker at the PGA educational programs, Griffin currently coaches several PGA and LPGA Tour players.
Todd Meena, Head Instructor, PGA Class A
Todd was named one of the "Best Teachers" in the state of Florida by Golf Digest for the last ten years consecutively and has been a member of the Academy's instructional staff for 22 years. As a former European PGA tour member, Todd has an extensive playing background. He has been the featured instructor on The Golf Academy Live Show, and has led numerous instructional workshops for the PGA of America. Fundamental to Todd’s teaching is the understanding of the proper release of the club and the importance of getting to the finish of the swing with a consistent rhythm. Todd is originally from California and has lived in Orlando since 1987. In 2011 Todd was honored as the resort’s Employee of the year.
Harry Zimmerman, Head Instructor, PGA Class A
Recently named one of the "Best Teachers" in the state of Florida for 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 by Golf Digest, Harry has been a member of the Academy's instructional staff for 18 years and a PGA member since 1983. He was named "Teacher of the Year" for the East Central Chapter, North Florida Section/PGA of America 2000, has appeared on The Golf Channel's Academy Live Show, and was nominated for GOLF Magazine's "Top 100 Teachers" list in 2006 and 2007. Today, Harry works with several PGA and LPGA Tour players.
Gus Holbrook, Head Instructor, PGA Class A
Gus was named one of the “Best Teachers” in the state of Florida for 2003-2010 by Golf Digest, and has been a member of the Academy’s instructional staff for 22 years. An All-American Collegiate golfer at the University of Georgia, Gus placed 5th in the 1977 NCAA Golf Championship. He was also named to the United States All-Star Collegiate golf team that included John Cook, Scott Hoch, and Chip Beck. Gus continues to play competitively in PGA sectional, statewide, and national tournaments. Some of these events include five United States Golf Association events, three United States Amateurs, one United States Mid-Amateur, and one United States Junior. Gus has worked with players of all ability levels from beginners to tour players and many juniors aspiring to be collegiate players. Some notable people Gus has worked with are Gale Sayers, Chevy Chase, Coach Rick Pitino, and Coach Larry Brown.
Brian Lombard, Instructor, PGA Class A
Born in Aspen Colorado, Brian spent his summers playing junior golf and winters on the mountain skiing and snowboarding. After relocating to Orlando, he continued to play golf and also developed an interest in lacrosse. He progressed very fast in lacrosse and was awarded a scholarship to play in college for Florida State University. Brian returned to Orlando and completed his degree in psychology at the University of Central Florida. Brian is completing his course work to gain membership in the Professional Golfers Association of America and has been training with Academy Director Fred Griffin for over four years. He is certified in clubfitting and club repair and completes all this work for the academy. Brian works with players competing on tours such as the Florida Moonlight, European Challenge, Latino America, and the Sun Coast. He is a member of the Proponent Group where he attends seminars to further study the game and improve his own teaching. Brian is well educated in the use of the technology as he has studied under the inventor of the flightscope system and has completed research projects with Dr. Mann for the Swingmodel system. Brian continues his competitive spirit by playing in North Florida PGA Section events and plans to continue his education in Psychology so he can merge the mental aspect of golf with the physical swing.
Doug Lowen PGA, Class A
Doug is originally from Hays, KS where he excelled in golf and played collegiately at Ft. Hays St. University, where his father was the Head Coach. His parents ran the Ft. Hays Municipal Golf Course in Hays while he was in elementary school. Doug moved to Florida in 1987 to play golf professionally. He started working at The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in 1988. Doug still plays competitively in local PGA section tournaments. He enjoys working with golfers of all levels to get to the root of their golf swing faults.
Doug has been an Instructor with The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf since 2004. He was an Assistant Professional at Grand Cypress Golf Club in 2002 -2003. Betwwen 2000 – 2001 Doug was Director of Instruction at The Cottonwoods Academy of Golf, Tunica, MS. He was the Senior Instructor at The CompuSport Academy of Golf, Primm NV in 1998 – 1999. Doug was the Teaching Professional at Wichita Country Club in Wichita, KS in 1996 -1997. Previously, Doug was a Head Instructor at The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf from 1990 – 1995.