About Us


With over 25 years of experience, our approach has helped thousands of golfers of all levels and ages reach their personal goals. Students from around the world have come to learn the same methods that have helped some of the best players on the LPGA and PGA Tours.

Close to 100% of graduates go on to play college golf

Walker-Cup Champion

PGA Tour Player Latin American and Canadian winner

AJGA, NB3 & HJGT Tournament Champions

National Champions at DI, DII and DIII levels

Conference Players of the Year

PGA Tour, Latin-America, Canadian and Korn Ferry Tour champions

All-Americans at DI, DII and DIII levels

Number 1 ranked Amateur in the world


To assist aspiring junior golf athletes achieve their goals in their journey to play college golf in an atmosphere of curiosity and growth, making the learning process fun and long lasting.


Our purpose is to make a positive and transformational impact on our student athletes in all aspects of their lives.


For over twenty years, The Golf Performance Center and Academy has had a positive and transformational impact on young people’s lives.

We believe the reason for this is firmly rooted in our philosophy. With a belief in the 5 Elements of Success and the correlation between physical movement ability and golf skills, we have created a training system that promotes personalized long-term athletic development plan, accelerated results, and sustained success.

We believe that which can be measured can be improved so a disciplined approach and rigorous measurement of progress is a critical success factor of the program.

    5 Elements
of Success


Discover how your desire to improve and learn directly impacts your development.

Physical Performance and Nutrition

As we say, “Function dictates Form”


Assess whether you have the best coaches and how coachable you are.

Mental Approach

Do you have a growth mindset and the grit to persevere?


Learn if you have the right tools to get the job done.

We Do

The Golf Performance Academy is a full-time golf boarding school in Ridgefield, Connecticut, for student-athletes grades 7-12 and postgraduates who aspire to play collegiate and professional golf.

Daily golf coaching with an expert coaching staff whose mission is to foster high moral character in student-athletes through a deep commitment to the game of golf and a keen academic focus. For student-athletes on the path to play golf in college, there’s no better environment to prepare them for their journey.

From golf coaches to educators, our students are guided by top industry professionals to achieve their highest potential. Physical performance training, nutrition counseling and regular meetings with a sports psychologist round out our holistic approach to preparing our student-athletes for the next level.

    Why The Golf
 Performance Academy?

a. Unparallel Facilities

From the 9- hole short game course and state-of-the-art training center to the multiple pristine 18-hole golf courses that GPA students play, quality and excellence are evident in all facilities at the academy. Main Campus is a “home away from home” experience with Dorm Parents in housing to provide the highest levels of safety and care possible.

f. World Class Coaching​

Under the direction of Dennis Hillman, a PGA Master Professional with 25 years of experience and a proven track record in junior golf, the coaching team at GPA boast the lowest student to staff ratios in the industry. With a full time psychologist to help the students build their mental skills and achieve peak performance; and a full team of performance coaches, GPA has an excellent coaching and instructional team.

e. The Best Preparation for the Journey

This is the best environment to prepare juniors for college golf. The conditions, weather, access to high level colleges, and golf life balance, most closely represent the college golf environment and provide the experience and preparation that student athletes desperately need to be college ready.

b. State of the Art Technology

No other junior golf academy has the technology offerings of GPA. The benefit of high-level scientific diagnosis is it allows the coaches to identify strengths and limitations and provide the best plan for development in all key areas quickly and accurately. Students regularly use Swing Catalyst force plates, Gears, K-vest, Foresight, Sam Putt Lab and more.

c. Player Development Index

A proprietary system that measures and tracks development and identifies lead measures to accelerate improvement. PDI is a game changer, for Academy students and many of the college teams and players who are using this system to manage their development path towards their goals.

d. NEW Quality College Preparatory Academics

With two strong academic offerings in Wooster School and the US Performance Academy, there is no doubt that student athletes at GPA will have an academic advantage. Proximity to the best schools, colleges and Universities in the United States exposes students to a higher level of college preparation and academic rigor.

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