2015-2016 Ranking

The 50 Best Teachers In America

Our exclusive 2015-16 ranking of the best instructors as ranked by their peers

If our teacher survey were the Ryder Cup, they'd be adding all of Europe to the Great Britain & Ireland team (like they did in 1979) to try to make it competitive. That's how tough it is to unseat Butch Harmon.

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Harmon dominated the voting for the eighth time in nine surveys since 2000. This year he finished with almost twice the votes (a combination of raw votes and top-10 ratings) of No. 2-ranked Chuck Cook. Harmon didn't coast after his record winning margin on the 2013-'14 survey. His students won more than a dozen events worldwide in the past two years, including Phil Mickelson at the 2013 British Open and Rickie Fowler at the Players Championship earlier this year.

Acclaimed teachers Jim McLean, David Leadbetter, Mike Bender, Mike Adams, Jim Hardy, Martin Hall, Todd Anderson and Hank Haney fill out the top 10. Jordan Spieth's rise didn't go unnoticed by the voting panel of more than 1,100 teachers nationwide. Cameron McCormick, Spieth's coach, made the highest debut at No. 17. He's joined by newcomers James Sieckmann, Chris Como, James Leitz and Joe Hallett. This list is the first since 2001 without Ben Doyle, the famous California teacher who passed away last December.

2014 Ranking in parentheses

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Votes: 1,653

Lesson Rate: $1,000/hour

Facility/Location: Butch Harmon School of Golf (Rio Secco G.C.), Henderson, Nev.

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Votes: 850

Lesson Rate: $300/hour

Facility/Location: Chuck Cook Golf Academy, Austin

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Votes: 849

Lesson Rate: $750/hour

Facility/Location: Jim McLean Golf School at Trump National,Doral, Miami

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DAVID LEADBETTER (5)

Votes: 810

Lesson Rate: $3,500/3 hours

Facility/Location: David Leadbetter Golf Academy at ChampionsGate, Orlando

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Votes: 747

Lesson Rate: $300/hour

Facility/Location: Mike Bender Golf Academy (Magnolia Plantation G.C.), Lake Mary, Fla.

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Votes: 675

Lesson Rate: $325/hour

Facility/Location: Hamilton Farm G.C., Gladstone, N.J.

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Votes: 596

Lesson Rate: $5,000/day

Facility/Location: Plane Truth Golf, Houston

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Votes: 548

Lesson Rate: $200/hour

Facility/Location: Ibis G. & C.C., West Palm Beach

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Votes: 533

Lesson Rate: $375/hour

Facility/Location: Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Votes: 531

Lesson Rate: $15,000/day

Facility/Location: Hank Haney Golf, Lewisville, Texas

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Votes: 478

Lesson Rate: $500/hour

Facility/Location: Core Golf Academy (Orange County National), Winter Garden, Fla.

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Votes: 455

Lesson Rate: $250/hour

Facility/Location: Toski-Battersby Golf Learning Center, Coconut Creek, Fla.

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MICHAEL BREED (13)

Votes: 449

Lesson Rate: $500/hour

Facility/Location: Michael Breed Golf Academy (Trump G. Links at Ferry Point), New York City

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Votes: 417

Lesson Rate: $500/hour

Facility/Location: Grayhawk G.C., Scottsdale

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DAVE STOCKTON (16)

Votes: 416

Lesson Rate: $600/hour

Facility/Location: Stockton Golf, Redlands, Calif.

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Votes: 390

Lesson Rate: $350/hour

Facility/Location: Vision 54 (Talking Stick G.C.), Scottsdale

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17

CAMERON MCCORMICK ★

Votes: 379

Lesson Rate: $250/hour

Facility/Location: Brook Hollow G.C., Dallas

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Votes: 365

Lesson Rate: $300/hour

Facility/Location: Malaska Golf, Mesa, Ariz.

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Votes: 351

Lesson Rate: $190/hour

Facility/Location: Conway Farms G.C., Lake Forest, Ill.

Votes: 348

Lesson Rate: $20,000/day

Facility/Location: Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools, Austin

21

MANUEL DE LA TORRE (21)

Votes: 335

Lesson Rate: $80/hour

Facility/Location: Milwaukee C.C., River Hills, Wis.

22

CLAUDE HARMON III (34)

Votes: 325

Lesson Rate: $700/90 minutes

Facility/Location: Butch Harmon Floridian, Palm City, Fla.

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Votes: 320

Lesson Rate: $150/hour

Facility/Location: McArthur G.C., Hobe Sound, Fla.

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24

CRAIG SHANKLAND (22)

Votes: 301

Lesson Rate: $200/hour

Facility/Location: LPGA International, Daytona Beach

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T-25) MICHAEL HEBRON (T-28)

Votes: 298

Lesson Rate: $150/hour

Facility/Location: Smithtown Landing C.C., Smithtown landing, N.Y.

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T-25) LYNN MARRIOTT (25)

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Votes: 298

Lesson Rate: $350/hour

Facility/Location: Vision 54 (Talking Stick G.C.), Scottsdale

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Votes: 285

Lesson Rate: N/A

Facility/Location: Mac O'Grady Golf School, Palm Springs, Calif.

Votes: 284

Lesson Rate: $175/hour

Facility/Location: Royal Oaks C.C., Dallas

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JAMES SIECKMANN ★

Votes: 282

Lesson Rate: $175/hour

Facility/Location: Golf Academy at Shadow Ridge C.C., Omaha

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T-30) JIMMY BALLARD (T-28)

Votes: 273

Lesson Rate: $1,250/4 hours

Facility/Location: Ballard Swing Connection (Ocean Reef C.), Key Largo, Fla.

31

T-30) RICK SMITH (20)

Votes: 273

Lesson Rate: $250/hour

Facility/Location: Rick Smith Golf Academy (Treetops Resort), Gaylord, Mich.

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Votes: 268

Lesson Rate: $400/hour

Facility/Location: Trump International G.C., West Palm Beach

Votes: 245

Lesson Rate: $500/hour

Facility/Location: Grayhawk Learning Center (Grayhawk G.C.), Scottsdale

Votes: 241

Lesson Rate: $375/hour

Facility/Location: Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

Votes: 239

Lesson Rate: $1,500/half day

Facility/Location: Gleneagles C.C., Plano, Texas

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DAVE PHILLIPS (33)

Votes: 225

Lesson Rate: $795/3 hours

Facility/Location: TPI, Oceanside, Calif.

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37

BRIAN MANZELLA (40)

Votes: 206

Lesson Rate: $180/hour

Facility/Location: Brian Manzella Golf Academy at English Turn G. & C.C., New Orleans

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38

MIKE MCGETRICK (38)

Votes: 200

Lesson Rate: $250/hour

Facility/Location: McGetrick Golf Academy (G.C. of Houston), Humble, Texas

39

DARRELL KESTNER (43)

Votes: 199

Lesson Rate: $500/90 minutes

Facility/Location: Deepdale G.C., Manhasset, N.Y.

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Votes: 197

Lesson Rate: $150/hour

Facility/Location: Tchefuncta C.C., Covington, La.

Votes: 195

Lesson Rate: $275/hour

Facility/Location: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

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Votes: 193

Lesson Rate: $225/hour

Facility/Location: Brian Mogg Golf Academy (Waldorf Astoria G.C.), Orlando

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Votes: 182

Lesson Rate: $300/hour

Facility/Location: Stack & Tilt Academy, Mount Holly, N.J.

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Votes: 172

Lesson Rate: $150/hour

Facility/Location: Vanderbilt Legends C., Franklin, Tenn.

Votes: 171

Lesson Rate: $275/hour

Facility/Location: Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Votes: 167

Lesson Rate: $300/hour

Facility/Location: The Grand G.C., San Diego

47

GARY GILCHRIST (32)

Votes: 162

Lesson Rate: $225/hour

Facility/Location: Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy (Mission Inn Resort & C.), Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.

Votes: 157

Lesson Rate: $170/hour

Facility/Location: Cog Hill G. & C.C, Lemont, Ill.

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Votes: 154

Lesson Rate: $150/hour

Facility/Location: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

50

T-50) MIKE BENNETT (T-41)

Votes: 150

Lesson Rate: $300/hour

Facility/Location: Stack & Tilt Academy, Mount Holly, N.J.

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T-50) TODD SONES (44)

Votes: 150

Lesson Rate: $200/45 minutes

Facility/Location: Todd Sones Impact Golf (White Deer Run G.C.), Vernon Hills, Ill.

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