The 25 Best Golf Schools of 2005

Read the Most Recent List of Top 25 Golf Schools

1. Academy of Golf Dynamics

Locations: Austin, TX, Colorado Springs, CO
800-879-2008
golfdynamics.com
Total Score: 20.133
Price: $995-$1,050; $1,325 (lodging)

2. Arnold Palmer
Location: Orlando, FL
800-523-5999
apga.com
Total Score: 19.248
Price: $641-$855

How the 25 best schools were selected
Nearly 3,700 alumni of various golf schools filled out a questionnaire about their experiences. Answers in the following three key categories were weighed.

Was the instructor helpful toward improving your game? On a scale of 1 (worse than I expected) to 5 (far exceeded expectations).

Would you recommend this golf school to a friend? Highly (3); probably (2); not really (1); or no way (0). With one being the lowest and 10 being the highest, please give thi school an overall rating.

Information on the schoolsthemselves was factored in as follows: Student to teacher ratio: 3:1 or lower (1 point); 4:1 (.75); 5:1 (.5); 6:1 or higher (0)

Percentage of staff that are Class A certified PGA or LPGA pros: prorated from 100% (2 points) to 0% (0 points).

GOLF MAGAZINE Top 100 Teacher associated with program: 1 point per teacher with a 2-point maximum. A perfect score is 23, but no school achieved that.

*(Price ranges listed are the commuter rate of a comprehensive three-day school unless otherwise noted.)

3. Butch Harmon School of Golf
Location: Las Vegas, NV
702-777-2444
butchharmon.com
Total Score: 19.482
Price: $2,900-$5,100; (no commuter rates available)

4. Craft-Zavizhas Golf School
Locations: St. George, UT, Pueblo and Denver, CO
800-858-9633
czgolfschool.com
Total Score: 20.082
Price: $995 (St. George); $850 (Denver)

5. Dana Radar Golf School
Location: Charlotte, NC
704-542-7635
danaradar.com
Total Score: 19.74
Price: $695-$750

6. Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools
Location: 45 clinic locations
512-2637668
pelzgolf.com
Total Score: 19.617
Price: $2,375-$2,490

7. David Leadbetter Golf Academy
Location: Champion's Gate, FL
888-633-5323
davidleadbetter.com
Total Score: 19.411
Price: $900-$3,000

8. Dr. David Wright's Golf Schools
Locations: Mission Viejo, CA; Fallbrook, CA; Indio, CA
888-620-4653
mindunderpar.com
Total Score: 20.876
Price: $1,395

9. Extraordinary Golf
Location: Carmel, CA; Palm Springs, CA
800-541-2444
extraordinarygolf.com
Total Score: 19.091
Price: $1,490

10. Golf54
Location: Pheonix, AZ
602-482-8983
golf54.com
Total Score: 22.571
Price: $1,295-$1,495

11. Golf Schools of Scottsdale
Location: Scottsdale, AZ; Quechee, VT
800-356-6678
azgolfschool.com
Total Score: 19.052
Price: $995 (Scottsdale $510 (Quechee)

12. Grand Cypress Academy of Golf
Location: Orlando, FL
800-790-7377
grandcypress.com
Total Score: 20.196
Price: $1,350-$1,915

13. Innisbrook Troon Golf Institute
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
727-942-5283
golfinnisbrookresort.com
Total Score: 19.074
Price: $800

14. Jim McLean Golf Schools
Location: La Quinta; Miami Wenston, FL; Williamsburg, MI; Bahamas
800-723-6725

Total Score: 19.989
Price: $995-$3,950

15. Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy
Location: Carlsbad, CA
800-433-7468
aviaragolfacademy.com
Total Score: 19.632
Price: $695-$1,650

16. Kostis/McCord Learning Center
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
480-502-2656
kostismccordlearning.com
Total Score: 21.282
Price: $1,995-$2,295

17. Martin Green Golf Academy
Locations: Panama City Beach, FL; Albquerque, NM; W. alm Beach, FL; New York
800-814-7824
mgga.net
Total Score: 20.067
Price: $1,435

18. McGetrick Golf Academy
Location: Denver, CO
800-494-1818
mcgetrick.com
Total Score: 20.377
Price: $700

19. Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School
Locations: Pawleys Island, SC; Atlants, GA; Wilmington, NC; Kansas City, MO; Ellicotville, NY; malinalco, Mexico
800-624-4653
ritson-sole.com
Total Score: 20.38
Price: $395-$595

20. Pinehurst Golf Advantage School
Locations: Pinehurst, NC
866-291-4427
pinehurst.com
Total Score: 19.124
Price: $1,425-$2,240 (no commuter rate available)

21. Pine Needles Learning Center
Locations: Southern Pines, NC
800-747-7272
pineneedles-midpines.com
Total Score: 19.541
Price: $1,295-$2,095 (no commuter rate available)

22. Resort Golf Schools
Locations: Scottsdale, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Naples, FL; St. Augustine, FL; Tuscon, AZ; Traveling school visits 25 cities
888-373-7555
resortgolf.com
Total Score: 19.86
Price: $525-$795

23. Rick Smith Golf Academy
Locations: Gaylord, MI; Naples, FL
800-444-6711 ext. 2485
treetops.com
Total Score: 20.267
Price: $1,475-$2,200

24. Todd Sones Golf Academy
Locations: Vernon Hills, IL; St. Augustine, FL
847-549-8678
toddsones.com
Total Score: 20.514
Price: $495 (one-day-school)

25. Tradition Golf School
Locations: Pawleys Island, SC
800-397-2678
traditiongolfschool.com
Total Score: 19.431
Price: $399-$459

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