Peggy Kirk Bell selected as one of “America’s 50 Best Women Teachers” By Golf Digest Magazine
SOUTHERN PINES, NC, July 13, 2012 – Peggy Kirk Bell, owner of Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resort and LPGA pioneer, has been named in Golf Digest’s 2012 list of “America’s 50 Best Women Teachers”.
The list is generated on votes from over 1,600 female Class A PGA of America and LPGA Teaching and Club professional members along with teachers who rank for “Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State”. All of the professionals recognized offer lessons to the public.
Ranked 5th on the list, Bell has long been recognized for her efforts in golf instruction. She has received honors including LPGA Teacher of the Year, LPGA Master Teacher, a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and in 2004 was inducted into Golf Magazine’s World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Bell, as she’s still fondly referred to, started her women’s only golf schools in the 1960s naming them “Golfaris” after describing her lessons as a “safari of golf”. These week long golf schools offer women of all experience levels instruction from PGA and LPGA professionals, on-course playing lessons, meals, lodging and nightly entertainment. Mrs. Bell and her family offer the Ladies Golfari as well as an Adult Golfari for both men and women and a Youth Golfari.
Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resort, owned and operated by Peggy Kirk Bell and her family, is a premier golf resort located in Southern Pines, NC. The resort offers two classic Donald Ross golf courses as well as two lodging facilities equipped with full service restaurants, an outdoor pool and renovated fitness center. Pine Needles has been host of the 1996, 2001, and 2007 U.S. Women’s Opens.