Jane Frost, one of the first of some 30 teaching pros to enlist with a newly formed Golf Channel Academy network, cannot wait for the snow to melt on Cape Cod so she can finish building her state-of-the-art indoor studio.
Like all weather-weary New England golfers, Frost is fed up with the blizzards that keep dumping record snowfalls on area courses. Then there are the temperatures, which had the golf guru thinking spring when the mercury rocketed up from below zero to near 40 recently. A few more weeks like that and the former LPGA Tour player may be able to continue construction of the Jane Frost Golf Performance Center at Sandwich Hollows Golf Club in East Sandwich.
“[Builders] can’t get to it; its just completely dead in the snow,” the perennial Golf Digest and LPGA top-50 instructor told us by phone on Wednesday from the Cape, where she hopes to fling open the doors to her new space by the end of May. “It’s discouraging, but I’ve waited two years, so what’s another couple of months?”
Frost has been plying her trade for more than 30 years, tutoring and mentoring golfers of all levels — from newbies to World Golf Hall of Famer and Cape resident Pat Bradley. The GCA affiliation will bolster her ability to work with other instructors across the country, share best teaching and business practices, and reap the benefits of affiliating with Golf Channel.
“Golf Channel Academy brings together a premier group of top teaching professionals from the PGA of America and LPGA, who all share the goal of providing high-quality instruction while being supported by the recognized brand of Golf Channel,” Golf Channel president Mike McCarley told us via email.
Golf Channel Academy’s chief executive concurred.
“We put a lot of time and energy into identifying the best teachers,” Todd Wilson said, “and we couldn’t be happier and prouder to be working with the stars of the instruction world.”
Everything’s in place for the spring launch of the golf network’s instructional initiative involving some of the country’s finest public and private club pros. Everything, that is, but Mother Nature, which has kicked Boston and the rest of New England in the teeth with storm after soul-sucking storm.
Cape Cod, which in pre-climate change days, enjoyed relatively temperate conditions that enabled nearly year-round play, has not been spared in this nuclear winter of 2015. So, though her plan was for a March grand opening, Frost hopes to hang the Golf Channel shingle alongside her name by Memorial Day.
Long-time students of Massachusetts’s sole GCA member (full disclosure: this typist is one of them) will be happy to know that the overall Golf Channel umbrella will not affect the unique way Frost interacts with them.
“This is not a franchise,” said Frost. “We all maintain our individual ways of coaching, which was big for me. I didn’t want to take a cookie-cutter approach.”
In addition to providing a putting green and club fitter who can outfit golfers with Titleist, Callaway, and TaylorMade sticks, and customized Edel putters, Frost will operate two indoor bays where students may hit into nets, Foresight Launch Monitor simulators, or open up onto the outdoor driving range.
A side benefit of the new space — but a critical one in a location where the season is woefully short to begin with — is that once the last nail is hammered into place and the facility goes live, Frost won’t have to worry about rainouts.
“That’s huge,” said Frost, who had to cancel 70 percent of her lessons a couple of years ago due to an extremely soggy spring and early summer.
The network plans to launch its new initiative during Masters week, so watch for Frost’s name coming soon on a Golf Channel TV or website near you.