Desert Mountain Club dedicates Golf Performance Center to Jim Flick

A $1.6 million golf instructional facility that opened last year at the Desert Mountain Club was formally named the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center at a May 8th dedication ceremony to honor the renowned golf instructor.

Flick was the PGA director of instruction at Desert Mountain from 1987-2005.

Special guests at the ceremony included Flick’s wife, Geri, and Tom Lehman, who was the keynote speaker. A student and close friend of Flick, Lehman dedicated his 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship win at Desert Mountain to Flick, who passed away one day after the championship.

Part of the dedication included the formal introduction of a memorial wall featuring a photo montage and video highlighting Flick’s teaching career, his insights into the game and testimonials from Jack Nicklaus and Lehman.

During his years at the Desert Mountain Club, Flick taught numerous pros, amateurs and junior golfers including four-time Junior Golf Champion and PGA pro Philip Francis and sixth-year LPGA pro Esther Choe. His most famous student, Nicklaus, first solicited Flick’s advice on his golf game in 1987 during The Tradition tournament on the Champions Tour at Desert Mountain.

“Jim had a long history at Desert Mountain and a significant impact on our golf program,” said Desert Mountain Club COO and General Manager Robert Jones. “He helped to build the international reputation we have today and we felt this gesture was a fitting way to honor his memory.”

The 6,500-square-foot facility, which opened to members in March 2012, is equipped with the latest technology available in the industry, all in one location. Among the center’s capabilities are 3-D motion capture, Doppler radar and four-camera video motion analysis to help golfers of all skill levels improve and understand their game.

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