Editors' Choice: Travel & Golf ServicesApril 10, 2019

Best Golf Schools & Academies

It doesn’t hurt to have a famous name on the door of your golf school, but the proof in our list of best academies in the country is the interaction you get with top-tier coaches—whether they’re household names or not. The best schools have highly trained teachers and small teacher-to-student ratios to go with amenities like the latest swing-analysis technology (and an adjacent luxury spa). There are plenty to pick from in the traditional hot spots, but you’ll find great choices across America. In many cases, booking a spot in a school is the only way to get face-to-face with ultra-famous teachers like Butch Harmon and David Leadbetter, which makes them a kind of skill-building fantasy camp.

Other schools rely more on repeat business from locals and let you build your skills with one- or two-day camps. For example, Cog Hill Golf Academy outside Chicago offers an extensive series of 90-minute clinics for players at various levels for skills ranging from green-reading to on-course scoring. At $79 each, they let players mix and match.

At Golf & Body in New York City, you pay a membership fee like a gym to get access to the hitting bays, workout facility and organized practice programs administered in a simulator environment. (There might not be any grass, but there are also no rainouts.)

Places like the Dustin Johnson Golf School can’t promise you 350-yard tee shots like their namesake, but their advanced-player schools are on the cutting edge for aspiring scholarship winners and professionals. They teach how to play, not just how to swing.

ARIZONA

Vision54 Golf, Scottsdale
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Chris McEniry

Tour Striker Golf Academy, Phoenix

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CALIFORNIA

Kip Puterbaugh’s Aviara Golf Academy

Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy, Carlsbad
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Pebble Beach Golf Academy
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Pelican Hill Golf Academy, Newport Coast

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FLORIDA

Mike Bender Golf Academy, Lake Mary
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Leadbetter Golf Academy, ChampionsGate, Orlando
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Marriott Golf Academy at Grande Vista Resort, Orlando

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HAWAII

Kapalua Golf Academy, Lahaina
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SOUTH CENTRAL

The Academy of Golf Dynamics, Austin

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Blackburn Golf Academy, Birmingham, Ala.

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TEXAS

Dave Pelz Golf Schools, Austin
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Jim McLean Golf Center, Fort Worth
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MIDWEST

Kohler Company

Kohler Golf Academy, Kohler, Wis.
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Cog Hill Golf Academy, Lemont, Ill.

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Giants Ridge/Kendall Academy, Biwabik, Minn.

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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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Golf & Body, New York City

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MIDDLE ATLANTIC

Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst (N.C.) Golf Academy
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Scott K. Brown

Golf Academy at Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.

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SOUTHEAST

Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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

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

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