Estero, Florida (January 20, 2021) – Katie Detlefsen Dahl, Director of Instruction at West Bay Club in Estero, Fla., has been named to Golf Digest’s list of “Best Young Teachers in America.” Golf Digest’s biennial list of Best Young Teachers (under the age of 40) is included in the January 2021 issue and features 177 award-winning instructors from across the nation. The 2021-2022 list was determined by the publication’s editors with applications submitted by instructors.
Dahl, 32, is an LPGA Top 50 Teacher with a passion for helping others to improve and have more fun playing the game of golf. Her teaching philosophy is based on a student-centered approach helping each unique golfer to improve and achieve their goals.
A Minnesota native, Dahl was the first player to win four consecutive Minnesota State High School Championships (2004-2007). She attended the University of Central Florida on a full golf scholarship where she also earned a Master’s degree in Mass Media. Dahl’s playing experience includes time on the Symetra and Canadian Tours as well as a start on the LPGA Tour. She was also a contestant on Golf Channel’s The Big Break television show in 2014.
Prior to arriving at West Bay Club in September 2020, Dahl spent eight years at Raptor Bay Golf Club in Estero, where she served as director of instruction including several years working for renowned golf instructor Rick Smith.
The West Bay Club is a member-owned private golf club and community located on 868 acres adjacent to Estero Bay and bordering 500 acres of nature preserve and wetlands. Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon, manages the award-winning club and community association. In 2020, West Bay Club was named a “Distinguished Club” by BoardRoom magazine, the official publication of the Association of Private Club Directors. Each year BoardRoom magazine recognizes a select number of “Distinguished Clubs” based on a proprietary criteria and evaluation process that distills and measures a club’s Member Experience. The prestigious private club designation comes as West Bay Club and community are in the midst of phase one of a $12 million amenity improvement and renovation project focused on updating and transforming the community’s Bay House activity center, poolside fitness building, dining options and Beach Club ocean-side amenity, as well as West Bay Club’s Golf House and pub.
For more information on West Bay Club, visit www.westbayclubs.com.
About West Bay Club
West Bay Club is a member-owned community with golf, tennis and a private beach club in Estero Bay located between Southwest Florida International Airport and Naples, with Captiva and Sanibel Islands nearby. West Bay Club offers a variety of exceptional neighborhoods and residential styles. Homes range from large single-family residences to high-rise living and everything in between. West Bay Club residents enjoy access to a host of exceptional amenities, including: a private Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico with an old Key West-style Beach House restaurant; the Bay House, an activity center with casual dining; resort-style swimming pool; a fitness center; Sports Park, featuring pickleball and a dog park; and the River Park with boat launch and storage, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, an open-event field, children's play area, basketball courts and picnic pavilions. Golf Club members enjoy access to the golf course; Golf House, a beautiful fine-dining restaurant located in the clubhouse; and Niblick, a casual bar featuring a variety of local brews.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 490-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai; Champion Hills in Hendersonville, North Carolina; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.