Carl Rabito Golf Academy newly opeeds at City Park, New Orleans

Carl Rabito Golf Academy newly opeeds at City Park, New Orleans
June 30, 2009


NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans native Carl Rabito - one of only 43 PGA Certified Master PGA Teaching Professionals nationwide and among Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Teachers" - has opened the Carl Rabito Golf Academy at the North Course at City Park.

The Academy kick-off coincided with the "Greatest Day of Golf" celebration at North Course at City Park on Sunday, June 28:

"City Park is ecstatic to welcome the Carl Rabito Golf Academy in true New Orleans-style - with a party," said Don Tillar, General Manager of the North Course. "The 'Greatest Day of Golf' celebrates those who have helped successfully re-open the North Course and its bright future."

"I'm happy to bring the academy to my New Orleans roots," says Carl Rabito. "It's a privilege to be part of the re-birth of this important public course and introduce this great game to a new generation of golfers."

The Rabito Academy is conducting week-long junior camps - for children age 9-15 - through August 21, focusing on fundamentals: full swing, woods, putting, chipping, rules and etiquette. The camp - $190 / week - runs three hours each day for five days.

Half- and one-hour private lessons provide instruction customized to golfers' needs and goals.

Golfers can receive complimentary, introductory 10-minute lessons which include video swing analysis.

In addition to North Course at City Park, there are Carl Rabito Golf Academy locations in Illinois, Florida and Ohio.

Rabito-trained instructors employ a highly successful system of evaluation: physical ability and limitations, exercises for strength and flexibility, short-term and long-term goals. Instruction consists of basic tenets, concepts and philosophy of the swing; how the body functions in the golf swing; specific instruction for the swing; understanding the dynamics of the swing and golf-specific strength and conditioning. Golfers see results with a more efficient, reputable swing, a customized blueprint for the swing and a reduced risk of injury.

For more information on the North Course, the Rabito Academy or to make a tee time, visit or call 800.504.0677.

About the North Course at City Park
The North Course is the first City Park layout to re-open. The East and West Courses, also devastated by Katrina, are slated for restoration in coming years. A par-67, 5,700-yard layout, the North Course at City Park originally opened in 1968 and the past three years has undergone a $1.3 million restoration. This includes the addition of tee boxes, re-grassing of greens, widening fairways, re-shaping bunkers, a new irrigation system and a re-routing of several holes on the back nine. BCG has procured new golf carts and maintenance equipment to replace those which languished under three feet of water for nearly a month, post-Katrina.

City Park was a regular stop on the PGA TOUR for 15 years, hosting the Greater New Orleans Open Invitational. Billy Casper won the tournament in 1958 and again in its second iteration as the First NBC New Orleans Open, held at Lakewood Country Club, in 1975. That victory marked Casper's 51st and final PGA TOUR win prior to playing on the Senior PGA TOUR.

About City Park
City Park offers 1,300 acres of year-round family fun. Located in the heart of New Orleans, City Park offers a wide menu of natural attractions, activities for kids, sports and recreational offerings, including the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland Fairytale Playground and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. The Park is home to multiple special events each year. In addition, several facilities are available to host any public or private event from a formal wedding to a casual picnic, a concert to a business meeting. The hundreds of acres of park land provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park's streets and trails.

About Billy Casper Golf
Widely respected as a high-performance, full-service owner/operator of golf courses, BCG manages properties in 25 states and outside the U.S. The company provides turnkey club operations for public-agency and private owners, developers and investors. Founded 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper, BCG is based in Vienna, VA with regional offices strategically convenient to courses' locales.

BCG's best-of-breed infrastructure shows clients favorable returns on investments. Critically-acclaimed by industry leaders and media, BCG economies of scale help daily-fee, municipal, resort and private courses make and save money while delivering a personal touch.

Buffalo Communications - a division of BCG - is America's foremost golf-specialty publicity, media-relations and marketing-communications agency. In addition to creating PR and implementing programs for BCG courses, Buffalo represents many of golf's top brands (products, resorts, destinations and communities) worldwide.

More information about Billy Casper Golf/Buffalo Communications:,, 703.761.1444.

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