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Indoor Golf Traverse City

The Golf Academy is our year-round, 2,000-square-foot facility featuring three heated, indoor-outdoor hitting bays equipped with mirrors and motion-capture technology for swing analysis. During the winter months, the Academy serves as our Winter Golf Center, offering lessons, SuperSpeed golf training, practice sessions, and play on our golf simulators. We are pleased to present two outstanding options for golf instruction at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa PGA professionals. 


The Golf Academy Hosts:

  • Corporate clinics
  • Team builds
  • Ladies-only clinics
  • Junior camps and clinics
  • Golf Academy memberships

Golf Academy

Don't let winter get you out of the swing of things in every season. Keep your game in shape with indoor private instruction and hit balls from our heated bays or play some of your favorite courses on one of our golf simulators.

New for 2021! Superspeed Golf Training

SuperSpeed golf uses the concept of OverSpeed training to increase club speed, and consequently, distance. All it takes is 20 minutes 3 days a week for 6 weeks. For every mile per hour you increase your club speed you gain 3 yards. The average superspeed golf students gains 15 years!

The Golf Academy is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday/Monday by appointment only. Starting Friday, October 1 the Golf Academy will be open by appointment only. To register for private instruction or make reservations for simulators and hitting bays, email [email protected] or call 231-534-6550.

Simulator and Practice Time Rates

Simulator for 1 Hour: $40

Hit the range or play a course on our two GC2 Simulators.

Season Pass: $199

Current GTRS Member
Unlimited use of Foresight simulator and 50% off the Sky Track simulator

Simulator for 2 Hours: $70

Hit the range or play a course on our two GC2 Simulators.

Season Pass: $249

Non-GTRS Member
Unlimited use of Foresight simulator and 50% off the Sky Track simulator.

Public Practice for 1/2 Hour: $10

Work on your swing and ball contact by hitting balls from our heated bays.

GTRS Member Practice for 1/2 Hour: $8

Work on your swing and ball contact by hitting balls from our heated bays.

Dave Pelz Scoring Game School

Golfers at PelzThe Dave Pelz Scoring Game School returns to our Golf Academy in 2021! The Dave Pelz Scoring Game School applies a practical, scientific approach to golf instruction, honed through years of research and providing golf lessons to many of the game’s top professionals.

Pelz Golf Institute research has proven that golfers lose almost 80 percent of their shots to par inside of 100 yards from the hole. To that end, their school curriculum focuses strictly on what Dave Pelz defines as “The Scoring Game,” a combination of the short game (distance wedges, pitching, chipping, sand play) and putting, which comprise 60 to 65 percent of the total number of shots played per round. From three-foot putts to full wedge and long bunker shots, at this truly unique golf school you’ll learn to properly execute shots from any scoring position. Pelz’s staff instructors are highly-trained teaching professionals, and the low student/teacher ratio allows instructors to concentrate solely on their students and students on their instruction in the short game.

3-Day Scoring Game School

This is the premier golf instruction program offered by Pelz Golf and includes three full days of putting, chipping, pitching, wedge and sand play instruction. It is designed to help golfers improve skills that affect their scores. 4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio
2-Day Short Game School

The 2-Day Short Game School focuses on the wedge (no putting instruction). Learn the mechanics of solid, short game shots plus essential skills from 100 yards and in. 4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio.
1-Day Short Game School

The 1-Day Scoring Game Clinic includes six hours on the basics of the short game and putting. You'll leave understanding the key shots you need to begin in your path to better scoring. It is taught by the same Pelz instructors who teach the 3-Day and 2-Day golf schools. 6-to-1 Student-to-teacher ratio

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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Golf Professionals

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is proud to have renowned PGA professionals operating out of the Golf Academy. Get to know our instructors here, and read on for more information about programs and instruction. 


  • $125 per hour, Director of Instruction - Mark Hill, PGA
  • $125 per hour, Lead Instructor - Randy Ernst, PGA
  • $100 per hour, Lead Instructor - Mike Alpers, PGA
  • $100 per hour, Lead Instructor - Tyler Jablonski, PGA
  • 9 and 18 hole playing lessons are also available. call 231-534-6550.

SPECIAL OFFER: Receive a series of five (5) hours of private instruction for the price of four (4) hours. To register for private instruction or for questions, email [email protected] or call 231-534-6550.

Callaway Club Fittings are also available by the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Golf professional staff.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Junior Golf Program

Our Junior Golf Program is dedicated teaching the game of golf and its values to younger players. The 2021 Junior Golf instruction sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 22 and ending August 5. (Note: there is no class July 6 and 8.) $195 per student. Class size is limited to the first 10 students signed up in each age group.

  • Little Linksters (ages 5-8): 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Junior Golfers (ages 9-17): 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
  • Advanced Class (various ages): 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


To register or for questions, email [email protected] or call 231-534-6550.

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HydraFacial delivers results on first treatment

By Cymbre Foster

When Spa Grand Traverse cosmetologist Sandra Umstead received her first HydraFacial, the results were so amazing that she knew it was something she wanted her clients to experience as well.  
HydraFacial is a patented technology that marries a deeply cleansing facial treatment with relaxation.
“After just one visit, this medical-grade procedure leaves the skin with improved clarity, texture, and tone,” Umstead says.
I admit I needed convincing that it could be that good when I arrived at the spa for my first HydraFacial. Truth be told, I’d rather spend my money on a new pair of shoes than skin care, and I didn’t think she would be able to do that much with my neglected, sun-damaged, slightly saggy, middle-aged skin.
Was I ever wrong.

Instant Results
A HydraFacial is a three-part treatment that begins with cleansing that removes dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to break up any dirt and oil that's clogging pores. Then the HydraPeel Tip is used to painlessly suction out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.
“No more manual extractions that may leave the skin blotchy and inflamed,” Umstead says. “The powerful serums break it all down, allowing the vacuum to pull it all up.”  
The best part is that after just one HydraFacial, you will see immediate results. I certainly did.
“This treatment satisfies our need for instant gratification, so clients can’t wait for the next treatment,” Umstead says.
Corrine Olson is one of those clients.
“My favorite facial at the spa is the HydraFacial,” she says. “It’s the first time I can say that I noticed results.”
Each treatment starts with before and after photos.
“We have the ability to compare them side by side after your treatment,” Umstead explains. “This allows us to better track your progress every time you come in.”
For many clients, seeing those results is motivation not just to come back, but also to continue better skin-care regimens at home.
Umstead pulled up my pictures, and, to my surprise, I had fewer lines on my face and my skin was truly hydrated — literally glowing, in fact.

Part of a Skin-Care Routine
Since Umstead has consistently treated herself to HydraFacials, she no longer needs to wear makeup. Her skin did look flawless.
For long-term benefits and correction purposes, Umstead recommends treatments every six weeks. For maintenance, she suggests having one each season.
“This treatment is fairly active, and I like to think of it as waking up the skin,” she says.
“It’s invigorating and satisfying in many ways, which keeps clients coming back for more.”
When a friend commented on how nice my skin looked the day after my HydraFacial, I had to agree.
“You will leave with your skin glowing, looking healthy, hydrated, and with overall better skin tone,” Olson says. “I plan on keeping this as part of my skin-care routine.”

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