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Biltmore Golf Academy Staff

Renee Trudeau O’Higgins

Biltmore Golf Academy Instructor

Renée is Class A PGA and LPGA teaching professional. Also, a TPI golf fitness and junior golf certified instructor. Renee has won many awards for teaching. She has been named a Top 50 golf instructor from the GRAA in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In 2015, she won the South Florida PGA Southern Chapter Award for Growth of the Game. And, just recently, has been picked as a 2016-17 Golf Digest “Best Young Teacher in America,” a very prestigious recognition. In August of 2014, Renée broke the women’s course record at the Biltmore Hotel, shooting 64.

Born and raised in Lake Tahoe, California, Renée came to Miami to play college golf at Barry University. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and a minor in business. She began her career at La Gorce Country Club. After 4 years, she took a job at the Golf Academy at Old Greenwood where she worked under, top 100 instructor, Keith Lyford, and spent winters as the teaching professional at Riviera Country Club. In 2011, Renée started working full time at the Biltmore Hotel.

Renée has spent time with many notable teachers working on her own game. She often attends conferences, seminars, and workshops for continued education. She enjoys teaching men, women, and juniors of all ability levels. She also regularly organizes ladies and couples golf trips around the world. Her favorite activity of all: spending time with her husband, Colin and her young son, Colin Matias.

Contact Info

Renée Trudeau, PGA, LPGA, TPI
Teaching Professional
Biltmore Hotel and Golf Course
Miami, Florida

Cell: 530.448.9889

Sebastian Camillo

Biltmore Golf Academy Instructor

Sebastian is a Class A PGA Professional from Gainesville Florida, and has been with the Biltmore since 1997.

Prior to joining our team Sebastian had an extensive junior, collegiate, amature and professional playing resume, both in the USA and Europe professionally. One of Sebastian's primary mentors was Phil Ritson one of Golf Digest's 50 Greatest Teachers 2000, Golf Magizine's Top 50 and 100 teachers in the United States.

Sebastian also worked closely with PGA Tour Champion and Champion Tour Winner Tom Jenkins for several years. He has received training using both video and motion analysis to help his students understand and learn more efficiently.

He has taught over 10,000 golf lessons at The Biltmore, working with both adults and juniors of all ages and skill levels.

Contact Info

(305) 305-9735

Gayle Leslie

Biltmore Golf Academy Instructor

A PGA Teaching Professional from Indiana, Gayle has been a full time golf instructor at the Biltmore Golf Course since 2008.

As a graduate of the Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University, Gayle had the opportunity to intern with Golf Digest Top 100 golf instructors Adam Schriber at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Co. and Eden Foster at Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples, FL.

Before joining the Biltmore instructional team, Gayle taught for GolfTEC Miami where he received specialized training on how to use video and motion analysis to help accelerate the learning curve of his students. Gayle has taught over 5,000 lessons in Miami with students ranging from professional athletes to complete beginners.

Contact Info

(305) 335-7748

Armando Echeverria

Junior Program Director

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Armando’s childhood and athletic background has afforded him the chance to take a slightly unconventional route to becoming a Titleist Performance Institute certified golf professional.

He has worked alongside Justin Bruton and Total Performance Golf since its inception. He has also worked at GolfTEC where he was able to analyze over 1,900 lessons and maintain an 80% retention ratio for two consecutive years. His experience with the Titleist Performance Institute has helped him solidify the fact that athletic ability and development is one of the true fundamentals of golf.

An expert in junior development, Armando leads our junior program which focuses on the Total Performance Golf athletic development program.. He has been a golf professional at the Biltmore since 2001 and been a TPI Certified instructor since 2007 obtaining the highest level of TPI certifications in Junior Development, Biomechanics and Golf Instruction.

Contact Info

(786) 556-9968

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