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Ritter to head Pronghorn Resort program

Bend, Ore. (June 25, 2018) – World-renowned Pronghorn Resort has launched an innovative golf instruction program developed and led by award-winning golf instructor Jeff Ritter. The Pronghorn Golf Academy by Jeff Ritter integrates curriculum in skill development, mindset, fitness and nutrition to inspire and activate players of all levels. The Pronghorn Golf Academy will be supported by Golf Channel programming and marketing resources, while Ritter and his team will be regular featured guests on shows such as Morning Drive. 

Named one of the “Best Young Teachers in America” by Golf Digest, as well as ranked among the “Top 30 Teachers in America” by Golf Tips magazine, Ritter is an expert communicator with an impressive pedigree working with top amateurs, elite juniors, collegiate standouts as well as players on professional tours. An accomplished media personality, author and speaker, Ritter is a regular contributor on Golf Channel and Golf Digest platforms. In 2016 he was studio host for PGA National Instruction Day on Golf Channel, the most watched golf instruction event in history. In 2014 he created and produced the MAKE THE TURN Weekly Challenge Series on Golf Digest TV which garnered over 20 million viewers.

After launching highly successful programs in Arizona and Pebble Beach, Ritter is excited to expand offerings to the Pacific Northwest. 

“The training facilities at Pronghorn are the very best I’ve seen anywhere in the world,” said Ritter. “After surveying Pronghorn’s two nationally ranked courses and meeting with their forward thinking leadership, I knew the possibilities to create a game changing experience were limitless. In addition, securing our partnership with Golf Channel is validation of the hard work we’ve put in towards being recognized among the best in the industry. Our Golf Channel relationship is exclusive to Pronghorn as the only facility in Central Oregon to hold such a distinction.”

Under Ritter’s leadership, Pronghorn Golf Academy will offer a variety of group and individual programs, including private coaching, multi-day schools, practice clubs and single-day workshops. Beyond the lesson tee, one of the Academy’s premium experiences will be a progressive corporate leadership program that utilizes a golf inspired environment to train executives and their teams in practices for sustainable high-performance. Ritter is a top corporate speaker, who has worked with companies such as Apple and Barclays. 

“At the highest level of competition the difference between winning and losing is less than 2%,” added Ritter. “Our program delivers strategies in mental toughness, fitness, nutrition and recovery that increase performance and strengthen corporate culture, while improving the bottom line.”

Pronghorn Golf Academy programming is supported by an impressive team of coaches that includes Ritter’s nutritionist wife, Cate.  Creator of “THE LEAN 18” nutrition curriculum, Cate is a sought after nutrition writer and corporate health consultant who has been featured in Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Golf Digest, Readers Digest, Golf Channel, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, and ABC TV. 

“Pronghorn Resort and this special part of the world are so passionately committed to healthy living,” said Cate Ritter. “My role in the program is to make feeling your best, delicious and doable, so ultimately you create a lifestyle that’s sustainable.” 

What about junior golf? Families can expect the academy to be big on youth development. In addition to his role at Pronghorn, Ritter is also National Director for NIKE Junior Golf Camps creating curriculum and overseeing operations at 120 locations throughout North America.

To view some FREE sample lessons, go to Ritter’s newly launched MAKE THE TURN Golf app For more information or to schedule your appointment with Pronghorn Academy by Jeff Ritter contact 

About Pronghorn Resort

Set on 640 acres amidst Central Oregon’s 1,000-year-old juniper forest and surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range, Pronghorn Resort has received recognition as the premier resort community in the West and was first to offer a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Tom Fazio Championship Golf Course side-by-side. Family-friendly resort amenities include multiple restaurants, a world-class clubhouse, Pronghorn Golf Academy by Jeff Ritter, a newly renovated spa,
outdoor heated pools with water slide and hot tub, fitness center and customized adventures that take advantage of Central Oregon’s many outdoor activities, cultural interests, and culinary and craft beverage experiences. Aside from two Top 100 18-hole golf courses, guests can enjoy other recreational activities including complimentary bicycles, electric bikes, tennis, miles of hiking trails and a myriad of other unique experiences. Whether you want to get away from it all and indulge in the serenity of Bend’s premiere resort or bring your team to brainstorm your next big idea in a state-of-the art executive boardroom, or are looking for an extravagant wedding venue, Pronghorn looks forward to welcoming you. For more information, go to

About Troon 

Golf operations at Pronghorn Resort are professionally managed by Troon Privé. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also 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 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily-fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 35 states and 33 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit

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