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Editors' Choice: Best Golf Schools & Academies

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Whether you’re interested in turning your annual buddies trip into a game improvement experience, adding a learn-a-new-sport component to family vacation or looking for the most convenient and accessible way to work with a world-famous teacher, Golf Digest’s list of best academies is the place to start. Choose from perennial (and famous) favorites like Butch Harmon’s Nevada school, David Leadbetter and Jim McLean’s Florida offerings or places at bucket list courses like Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes and Whistling Straits. Want to work with the same coaches that teach on tour? Visit Vision 54 in Scottsdale, the Blackburn Golf Academy in Birmingham or the PGA Tour Performance Center itself, in Ponte Vedra. Options range from single-day schools for the cost of a nice driver to three- and five-day game transformation odysseys that can eclipse $5,000. Find a school for your interest and budget from the list below.

By the way, we'd be remiss not citing our own Golf Digest Schools Live program that offers clinics with top teachers at select locations around the US.
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Vision 54 Golf, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tour Striker Golf Academy, Phoenix, Ariz.


Omni LaCosta Golf Performance Institute, Carlsbad, Calif.
Pebble Beach Golf Academy, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Southern California Golf Academy, Carlsbad, Calif.
Aviara Golf Academy, Carlsbad, Calif.
Kris Moe Golf School, Canyon, Calif.
PGA West Golf Academy, Palm Springs, Calif.
Rebellion Golf, Laguna Niguel, Calif.


David Leadbetter Golf Academy @ ChampionsGate, (Fla.)
Larry Rinker Golf School, Orlando, Fla.
IJGA Bishops Gate, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Jim McLean Golf School @ The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Fla.
PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach
Rick Smith Golf Academy at Trump Doral, Miami, Fla.


Kapalua Golf Academy, Lahaina, Hawaii


Academy of Golf Dynamics, Spicewood, Texas
Blackburn Golf Academy, Birmingham, Ala.
Barton Creek Golf Academy, Austin
San Antonio Golf Academy (Texas)
Hal Sutton Golf School, Houston


Mistwood Performance Center, Romeoville, Ill.
Learning Center at Cog Hill, Lemont, Ill.
Boyne Golf Academy, Boyne Falls, Mich.
Crystal Mountain Golf School, Thompsonville, Mich.
Spartan Golf Academy, East Lansing, Mich.
French Lick Resort Golf Academy, French Lick, Ind.
The Golf Room, Dublin, Ohio
Kohler Golf School (WI)


Michael Breed Golf Academy, New York, N.Y.
Manhattan Woods Golf Academy, West Nyack, N.Y.
Fiddler's Elbow Golf Academy, Bedminster Twp, N.J.
Original Golf School, Wilmington, Vt.


Golf Academy at Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.
The Stable at Creighton Farms, Alide, Va.
Nemacolin Golf Academy, Farmington, Pa.


Pinehurst Golf Academy, Pinehurst, N.C.
Kiawah Island Golf Academy, Kiawah Island, S.C.
Frederica Learning Center, St. Simons Island, Ga.
Sea Island Golf Performance Center, Sea Island, Ga.
Steve Dresser Golf Academy, Pawleys Island, S.C.
Dustin Johnson Golf School, Myrtle Beach
Palmetto Dunes Golf Resort and Academy, Hilton Head Island
Pine Needles Golf Academy, Southern Pines, N.C.


Butch Harmon School of Golf, Henderson, Nev.
Pronghorn Academy by Jeff Ritter, Bend, Ore.
Jeff Coston Golf Academy, Blaine, Wash.
Pacific Northwest Golf Academy, Issaquah, WA
Golf Academy at Bandon Dunes, Bandon Ore.
Trent Wearner Golf School, Denver