The swing of things
from the pros
STORY AND PHOTOS
BY SUSAN BURGESS
On a sunny afternoon with
white clouds in the sky,
Luanne Byers Zabytko
takes a swing at the golf ball …
and another … and another,
while her instructor watches
closely. A few words from the
instructor, and she tries again.
The PGA Learning Center at
PGA Village in western Port St.
Lucie is a 35-acre golf park
designed for instruction and
It includes nine bunkers to
match types of sand and conditions
golfers might find on other
courses throughout the U.S., a
putting course and green, areas to
practice chip shots and pitching,
and a three-hole instruction
Zabytko, who has been playing
golf for 20 years, says she’s taking
lessons because she needs to get
more power in her swing.
The park has two full-swing
practice areas, one of which John
Albright is using on this afternoon
to improve his swing. A St.
Lucie West resident, he has been
practicing at the PGA Learning
Center for five years and playing
golf for 40, he said.
He likes the golf park’s variety
of practice areas for different
shots, he says as he takes a break
from swinging to ask PGA
John Albright gets ready for a practice full swing at the PGA Learning Center in Port St. Lucie.