The List: Top 25 Golf Schools in America

The List: Top 25 Golf Schools in America

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Chunking wedges? Slicing irons? Fix every fault in your game in as little as three days at the nation’s top learning centers, the ultimate stops for expert advice, state-of-the-art technology, personalized attention and — lest we forget — a lot of fun. (An explanation of the selection criteria is here.)

Rates are for 3-day programs unless noted. For a complete list of school programs and other locations, visit the websites listed on this page.

KRIS MOE GOLF SCHOOLS

Glen Ellen, Calif.
krismoegolfschools.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,275
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Small learning groups give you more for your buck; excellent wine-country locale.

VISION 54

Phoenix, Ariz.
vision54.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $2,495
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Two Top 100 teachers on staff; innovative programs emphasize scoring, not swinging.

BUTCH HARMON SCHOOL OF GOLF

Las Vegas, Nev.
butchharmon.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $2,900 (incl. lodging)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: A 2:1 student-teacher ratio means you’ll get the hands-on attention you deserve.

EXTRAORDINARY GOLF

Carmel, Calif.
extraordinarygolf.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,200-$1,850
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Innovative program customizes lessons to complement your physical abilities.

AVIARA GOLF ACADEMY

Carlsbad, Calif.
kipgolf.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,795
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Led by Top 100 Teacher Kip Puterbaugh; come prepared — 8 hours of lessons a day.

McGETRICK GOLF ACADEMY

Denver, Colo.
mcgetrickgolf.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $975
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Top 100 teacher Mike McGetrick goes all out; intense digital analysis and fittings.

JIM MCLEAN GOLF SCHOOL – TEXAS

Ft. Worth, Tex.
jimmclean.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $2,295
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The new 14,000-sq. ft. performance center alone is worth the price of admission.

CHUCK COOK GOLF ACADEMY

Austin, Tex.
bartoncreek.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,750
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Kicks off with 9 hours of intense lessons on Day 1 led by teaching legend Chuck Cook.

ACADEMY OF GOLF DYNAMICS

Austin, Tex.
golfdynamics.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $950-$1,095
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: One of the greatest collections of minds in golf; 3-hole Nicklaus teaching course.

KAPALUA GOLF ACADEMY

Lahaina, Maui, Hi.
kapalua.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,295
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Incredible 23-acre practice facility, top-level staff, and the best views in golf.

JACK NICKLAUS ACADEMY OF GOLF

St. George, Utah
ledges.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,250
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Low student-teacher ratio, state-of-the-art facilities and teaching tools in a true oasis.

TODD SONES IMPACT GOLF

Vernon Hills, Ill.
toddsones.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $495 (1-day program)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Top 100 Teacher-led school is an intense lesson in scoring just a cab ride from the Loop.

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN GOLF SCHOOL

Thompsonville, Mich.
crystalmountain.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $739 (incl. lodging)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Morning lessons followed by afternoon playing lessons in a true vacation setting.

RICK SMITH GOLF ACADEMY

Gaylord, Mich.
treetops.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,195 (3-day program)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Innovative lesson plan includes on-course filming, not just on the lesson tee.

KINGSMILL RESORT GOLF ACADEMY

Williamsburg, Va.
kingsmill.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,671 (incl. lodging)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: It’s a golf vacation wrapped in a golf school; excellent total-game experience.

PINEHURST GOLF ACADEMY

Pinehurst, N.C.
pinehurst.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $2,045 (incl. lodging)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Let Top 100 Teacher Eric Alpenfels improve your swing, then test it on Pinehurst No. 2.

DANA RADER/ BALLANTYNE RESORT

Charlotte, N.C.
danarader.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $795
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: One of the best school values; Top 100 teacher Dana Rader hosts a variety of programs.

CLASSIC SWING GOLF SCHOOL

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
classicswing.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $369-$469
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Flexibility-based lessons get the most out of your swing; excellent facilities.

PHIL RITSON-MEL SOLE GOLF SCHOOL

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ritson-sole.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $495-$595
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This group has done it longer and better than any school; priority is giving you more yards.

DAVID LEADBETTER GOLF ACADEMY

Champions Gate, Fla.
davidleadbetter.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $975 (half days)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The crown jewel of the 28 Leadbetter academies; intense video analysis.

MIKE BENDER GOLF ACADEMY

Lake Mary, Fla.
mikebender.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,000-$2,000
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Highly trained staff provides off-the-charts attention to small groups.

BRAD BREWER GOLF ACADEMY

Orlando, Fla.
bradbrewer.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,304
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: 1-on-1 lessons with a Top 100 Teacher; online swing storage for ongoing improvement.

ARNOLD PALMER GOLF ACADEMY

Orlando, Fla.
bayhill.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $749
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Lessons based on the “Palmer Method,” top-notch facilities and access to Bay Hill.

GRAND CYPRESS ACADEMY OF GOLF

Orlando, Fla.
grandcypress.com
WHAT IT COSTS: $1,870 (incl. lodging)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: It’s the school that has everything: excellent facilities, technology and experience.