Golf Academy

The Golf Academy is our year-round, 2,000-square-foot facility featuring three heated, indoor-outdoor hitting bays equipped with mirrors, motion-capture technology for swing analysis, and Callaway Club fitting. During the winter months, the Academy serves as our Winter Golf Center, offering lessons, open clinics, practice sessions, and indoor league play on our golf simulator.

THE Golf Academy FEATURES:

  • Private Instruction
  • On-course Instruction
  • The Dave Pelz Scoring Game School
  • V1 Golf Studio Simulator
  • Public Clinics
  • Corporate Clinics
  • Team Builds
  • Ladies-Only Clinics
  • Junior Camps and Clinics
  • Golf Academy Memberships

Spring hours by appointment only. For more information, call the Golf Academy at 231-534-6550 or email [email protected].


  • $10 for 30 minutes
  • $20 per hour

Monthly and season passes are available. To register for private instruction or for questions, email [email protected] or call 231-534-6550.

Private Instruction

  • $125 per hour, Director of Instruction - Mark Hill, PGA
  • $125 per hour, Lead Instructor - Mike Alpers, PGA
  • $125 per hour, Lead Instructor - Randy Ernst, PGA

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.

Ladies Golf Clinics

We’re excited to bring back our Ladies Golf Clinics every Thursday starting at 10:00 a.m. this summer! Each week, our pro staff will focus on different skills specific to women. $40 per week for Resort guests. To register or for questions, email [email protected] or call 231-534-6550.

Junior Golf Program

Our Junior Golf Program is dedicated teaching the game of golf and its values to younger players. The 2018 Junior Golf instruction sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 19 and ending July 28. (Note: there is no class July 3 and 5.) $175 per student. Class size is limited to the first 10 students signed up in each age group.

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


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

V1 Golf STUDIO Simulator

Keep your swing fresh during the off-season or try your hand at virtual golf with a private rental of our V1 Golf Studio Simulator.

  • 30 minutes: $25
  • 60 minutes: $40
  • 120 minutes: $70

To reserve time with our golf simulator, call 231-534-6550.

Dave Pelz Scoring Game School

Golfers at PelzThe Dave Pelz Scoring Game School returns to our Golf Academy in 2018. 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
June 29-July1, July 6-8, July 12-14, July 26-28, August 9-11, September 21-23, September 27-29

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
July 20-21, September 14-15

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 Scoring Game Clinic
July 3,10, 18, 19, 24; August 7, 15, 16, 17, 18; September 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 18, 26 plus a 1-Day special Alumni Tune-Up September 11

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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October 13
Jamaican Dinner at Aerie

May 10-12, 2019
VIP Wine & Spa with Mawby Winery

February 1-3, 2019
Bowers Harbor VIP Wine and Spa Weekend

November 9-11, 2018
VIP Wine & Spa Weekend with Bonobo Winery

October 21
Tuff Enuff Golf Tournament

October 6
Big Hole Golf Tournament

December 25
Christmas Dinner

December 7-9, 2018
Rove Estate VIP Wine & Spa Weekend

Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm
Happy Hour at Spa Grand Traverse

November 22
Thanksgiving Buffet

September 1-30
Locals Appreciation Month

November 10
The Great Beerd Run

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