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Editors' Choice

Best Golf Schools & Academies

March 29, 2021

Want to mix golf instruction with a visit to a beautiful destination? The best golf academies offer both timely tips from great coaches and lovely facilities—from those run by Golf Digest 50 Best Teachers like Mark Blackburn, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, David Leadbetter, Butch Harmon, Jim McLean, Michael Breed, Kevin Weeks, Tony Ruggiero and Martin Chuck, to those at legendary destinations like Sea Island, Kapalua and Kiawah Island. The programs range in price from a $600 full-day individual program at Vision54 in Arizona to three days at Rio Secco outside Las Vegas with Butch Harmon and his staff, which runs $6,500.

ARIZONA

Vision54 Golf, Scottsdale
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Chris McEniry

Tour Striker Golf Academy, Phoenix
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CALIFORNIA

Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute, Carlsbad, Calif.
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Pebble Beach Golf Academy, Pebble Beach
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Southern California Golf Academy, Carlsbad, Calif.
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Kip Puterbaugh and instructors at Aviara Golf Academy

Kip Puterbaugh’s Aviara Golf Academy

Aviara Golf Academy, Carlsbad, Calif.
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FLORIDA

David Leadbetter Golf Academy @ ChampionsGate (ChampionsGate)
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IJGA Bishops Gate, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
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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

Kapalua Golf Academy, Lahaina
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SOUTH CENTRAL

The Academy of Golf Dynamics, Austin
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Mark Blackburn Golf Academy, Birmingham, Ala.
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Barton Creek Golf Academy, Austin
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MIDWEST

Mistwood Performance Center, Romeoville, Ill.
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Cog Hill Golf Academy, Lemont, Ill.
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Jason Guss Golf Academy, Bath, Mich.
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Boyne Golf Academy, Harbor Springs, Mich.
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NORTHEAST

Michael Breed Golf Academy, New York, N.Y.
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Manhattan Woods Golf Academy, Orangeburg, N.J.
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Fiddler’s Elbow Golf Academy, Bedminster Twp, N.J.
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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

Kiawah Island Golf Academy, Kiawah Island, S.C.
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Sea Island Golf Performance Center, St. Simons Island
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Frederica Learning Center, St. Simons Island, Ga.
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WEST

Butch Harmon School of Golf, Henderson, Nev.
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Pronghorn Academy by Jeff Ritter, Bend, Ore.
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