Editors' Choice: Travel & Golf Services
March 24, 2020

Best Golf Schools & Academies

If your enduring memory of a golf school experience is searing heat, bleeding hands and an overwhelming blur of information, you need to get updated. No matter what your budget, our best golf academies will provide you with an experience that sends you home with a better game and better attitude. The best schools offer a variety of experiences for players to choose based on skill level and schedule availability. A half-day or one-day school might be the perfect solution for a foursome on a buddies trip, and immersive three-day schools are a good bet for players who want to make the school a destination. Locations like the Aviara in California, Sea Island in Georgia and Kohler in Wisconsin offer top lodging to go with their exemplary teaching staffs. Other perennial favorites like the Butch Harmon school in Nevada; Michael Breed school in New York; Leadbetter, Bender and McLean schools in Florida; Vision 54 (Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott) and Tour Striker (Martin Chuck) schools in Arizona, and the Mark Blackburn school in Alabama have Golf Digest 50 Best teachers headlining the instruction staffs.

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ARIZONA

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Vision54 Golf, Scottsdale
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Chris McEniry

Tour Striker Golf Academy, Phoenix


CALIFORNIA

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Kip Puterbaugh’s Aviara Golf Academy

Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy, Carlsbad
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FLORIDA

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Mike Bender Golf Academy, Lake Mary
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David Leadbetter Golf Academy @ ChampionsGate (ChampionsGate)
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Marriott Golf Academy at Grande Vista Resort, Orlando
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Chris McEniry

Jim McLean Golf School-The Biltmore (Coral Gables)
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PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass
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HAWAII

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Kapalua Golf Academy, Lahaina
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SOUTH CENTRAL

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The Academy of Golf Dynamics, Austin
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Blackburn Golf Academy, Birmingham, Ala.
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Dave Pelz Golf Schools, Austin
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MIDWEST

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Kohler Company

Kohler Golf Academy, Kohler, Wis.
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Cog Hill Golf Academy, Lemont, Ill.
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Jason Guss Golf Academy, Bath, Mich.
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NORTHEAST

Michael Breed Golf Academy, Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Bronx, N.Y.
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Original Golf School at Mt. Snow, Wilmington, Vt.
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MIDDLE ATLANTIC

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Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst (N.C.) Golf Academy
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Kingsmill Resort Golf

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Golf Academy at Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.
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SOUTHEAST

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Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center At Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort
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Sea Island Golf Performance Center, St. Simons Island
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Dustin Johnson Golf School, Myrtle Beach
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WEST

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Butch Harmon School of Golf, Henderson, Nev.
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Make the Turn at Pronghorn Academy, Bend, Ore. MORE INFORMATION


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