The Tour Development Academy may be one of the newest golf academies around, but don’t let that fool you.
The command of every aspect of the game at TDA is at the highest level you will find. Combining the knowledge and playing skills of a high level professional golfer with the education and natural ability of an elite coach, you are sure to take your performance to another level.
This…. is the TDA Difference.
Based in Richmond Canada, the Tour Development Academy was created to help aspiring golfers reach the highest levels in the game. TDA aims to develop the skills needed to compete against the best players in the world. Our students range from beginning juniors who are just learning the proper fundamentals all the way up to PGA TOUR players.
With Head Coach, Nathan Leonhardt, not far removed from being a Tour Player himself, students are able to learn first hand what it takes to keep progressing themselves to another level. It’s one thing to see a coach for lessons, but it’s another when you are able to learn invaluable lessons from someone who has been through it all as a player; someone not only who has had many successes in golf, but has also been able to learn from his failures, which he uses to help his students avoid similar mistakes.
The Tour Development Academy is led by Head Coach and former Tour Player, Nathan Leonhardt. Nathan is from Richmond BC, Canada, only minutes from downtown Vancouver. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA in Business Management from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida.
Nathan only started playing golf when he was 16 years old and by the time he was 25 he had qualified to play on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour (from beginner to Tour Professional in only 9 years). During his professional playing career, Nathan played 3 full seasons on the PGA Tour Canada and then played in China on the PGA Tour China.
During his playing career, Nathan amassed over 10 professional victories and still currently holds 2 course records. One of his course records came in the final round to win his first professional event.
After a back injury put his playing career on hold after the 2015 season, Nathan was immediately sought after to start coaching some elite players. This unexpected journey became exactly what Nathan was looking for. He was able to take everything he had learned over the years in his playing career, both good and bad, and use those to help players trying to follow in his footsteps. After coaching elite players for a few years and seeing some incredible results, Nathan established the Tour Development Academy.
Visit Nathan's website to find out more about his career:
Since becoming a full-time coach, Nathan has become very interested in learning as much as possible about the golf swing and how the body works during the swing. Some of Nathan’s golf education and certifications are:
Penn State’s Biomechanics of Golf
Titleist Performance Institute
TPI Golf Level 3 Certified
Capto Putting Certified Level 2 Instructor
Boditrak - Golf Ground Mechanics Certified
Golf Psychology Coaching Certified