Designed to be the finest practice and teaching facility of any private club in America, Belfair’s reputable Jim Ferree Learning Center offers large multiple tees, superb putting and chipping greens, practice bunkers for greenside and fairway shots and a variety of target fairways and greens.
Central to this premier 29-acre facility is an 1,800-square-foot building equipped with an indoor hitting room, a refreshment center and video library. The indoor hitting room and classroom combination includes state-of-the-art video equipment for taping from all directions. With the overhead door raised, golfers can hit full shots directly into the practice area.
Four all-weather, brick hitting stalls, equipped with fans, are attached to the building, which is also flanked by a 5,000-square-foot putting green and a larger practice tee.
Adjacent to the building is the short-game practice facility, which features a short game area flanked by two practice greens, offering members an opportunity to work on every conceivable chip, pitch and bunker shot.
The Jim Ferree Learning Center is named in honor of Belfair’s original Director of Golf, Jim Ferree, an accomplished amateur, PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour member.
JASON BAILE: Director of Instruction
Jason grew up in Jacksonville, NC. He attended East Carolina University and Greensboro College where he played on the nationally ranked Greensboro College golf team. Jason started in the golf business right after college and has served several high end clubs in the south east including, Raleigh Country Club as Director of Golf and Director of Instruction at both Old North State and Kinloch Golf Club.
Jason came to Belfair after serving on the highly acclaimed teaching staff at Sea Island Golf Club where he worked with Todd Anderson, Jack Lumpkin, Gale Peterson and Mike Shannon, all of whom are listed among Golf Digests Top 50 Instructors. One of Jason’s goals for Belfair is to create a welcoming coaching and learning environment for players of all levels through strong fundamentals presented in simple and repeatable concepts. Jason’s Knowledge of the body and how it reacts in the golf swing allows him to create a functional and repeatable golf swing for all levels of players including players with body limitations.
Teaching runs in Jason’s family. His father was a high school coach for 40 years, his mother has taught dance for over 25 years and his brothers and sister are tennis professionals and a highly decorated dance instructor respectfully. In Jason’s down time he enjoys spending time with his wife Mollie and three daughters at the beach.
Jason is a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Professional Level 3 in both screening the body for golf and golf mechanics. Jason has also been trained in laser optics putting and is TrackMan Certified Level 2 as well as Swing Catalyst Certified Level 2 in Biomechanics. Jason was also selected as the PGA HHI Chapter Carolinas Section Teacher of the Year in 2016.
—Jason’s Video Tips
Wallace grew up in Massachusetts and was blessed in being introduced to the game at a young age. She grew up in a golfing family. Her Dad was an executive committee member of the Massachusetts Golf Association, a former Governor of the New England Seniors Association, and a member of the Hickory Shafts of Massachusetts. Her brother was Massachusetts Golfer of the Year and played in 6 US Amateurs. Wallace graduated form the University of New Hampshire where she played on the field hockey and lacrosse teams.
Her love for the game of golf manifests itself in playing as well as teaching. She’s competed in 9 USGA National Championships, was runner up in the Arizona State Amateur and has won 13 state tournaments. She holds many course records, her low scoring round at Belfair was a 68 on the west course member tees.
Being able to play what she teaches is the core of her instruction. She has worked with many great instructors including Mike Molaska, Jim Hardy, Janet LePera and Krista Dunton. She has mentored under Carl Lohren since 2012, and has modeled her teaching on his information. Wallace teaches fundamentals that apply to all players, beginners and professionals. The set up combined with a proper start are critical for a weak or strong player.
Wallace is a Titleist Perfomance Institue Professional and member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Carl is a Master P.G.A. professional. He has been a P.G.A. member for 45 years. He has written two books: “One Move to Better Golf” and “Getting Set for Golf”. He also has produced several instructional videos. In his 50 years as a teaching professional, he has attained an array of stellar accomplishments for both playing and teaching. Carl played on both the Senior and regular P.G.A. Tours; Played in nine U.S. Opens; Won the New York State P.G.A. Championship, Won the Long Island P.G.A. Championship, Won the Met Sr. Open Championship, Won the National Sr. Open Championship, Winner of the Horton Smith Award, Metropolitan P.G.A. Teacher of the Year, Metropolitan P.G.A. Hall of Fame, Top 25 Teacher of the Century, Top 50 Golf Instructors of Golf Magazine, Top 100 Golf Instructors of Golf Magazine for 15 years, On Golf Channel; and has done many P.G.A. workshops & seminars around the country including the Tennessee Section.
The philosophy behind Carl Lohren’s One Move to Better Golf is to fix the flaw in your swing “BEFORE” you ever start your swing. Ninety percent of the problems can be corrected in how someone sets up to the golf ball. The other ten percent is how one starts the golf swing. The information behind Carl’s One Move to Better Golf is founded through 30 years of studying the greatest players in the world when they were at the top of their game: Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus, Trevino & Palmer, to name a few.
BLAKE THOMAS, Club Fitter
Blake grew up in Minden, Louisiana. He was introduced to the game of golf by his parents and grandfather. He was a member of the Centenary College of Louisiana golf team. He became a Class A PGA Professional in 2012. His most recent positions were at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, Louisiana and Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia as the First Assistant Golf Professional. During his time in Virginia he was nominated for the Assistant Golf Professional of the Year for the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA. He is a certified club fitter with Titleist, Ping, Callaway, and Taylormade.He has also done club repairs for PGA Tour players. During his free time you can find him working on his golf game, playing golf, and fishing.