We caught up with Neil Sweeney, the well-travelled Head Golf Professional at Elea Estate Golf Club; he tells us why Elea stands out and lets us in on some valuable coaching tips:
Tell us, when did you fall in love with golf & when did you become a Pro?
I started golf when I was 12, I switched on the TV one day and the British Open was on – I was instantly fascinated. My Dad took me to our local golf course where he taught me the basics, then I went to a Pro who guided me in the right direction. At 18 I enrolled with the British P.G.A, and after 3 years of studying and examinations I became fully qualified and headed to Germany. I spent 11 years in the South of Germany near to Stuttgart in the Black Forest area, 4 years in Moscow and 12 years in Cyprus now.
Name your favourite golf destinations?
I have played in many different countries – my favourite of which is South Africa, it has a great variation of courses. My next favourite which will surprise some people is Moscow, the courses are in fantastic condition and the facilities are top class.
What are the course highlights?
Elea is one of the very few golf courses where you can actually see all 18 holes form the Clubhouse terrace, with the beautiful olive trees and the amazing view of the Mediterranean with an outstanding sunset, the whole setting of the golf course is perfect. My favourite hole is the 9th (par 5) – it’s always a challenge which makes it fun to play.
What is different about Elea Estate Golf Club in general?
Every club on the Island is very different which is a positive thing. I believe we are the most member orientated – this gives a very warm family sort of feeling. Comments we receive from our visitors are very positive in this respect, we like to make them feel a part of Elea as well.
What stands out about your coaching academy at Elea Estate?
I use the latest technology: flightscope launch monitor/GASP mobile videos software/indoor swing studio with swing analysis system and more. We have a great air conditioned room for the heat of the summer or rainy days so no lessons are cancelled. All students receive videos of their golf lessons so we can keep track of their progress.