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From Club Members to Resort guests, from beginners to advanced, our team of golf professionals are happy to accommodate anyone looking to improve their golf game. Players can benefit from a short lesson at our Golf Academy or private on-course instruction. For more information about a lesson with one of our golf professionals, call the Golf Academy at 231-534-6550 or email [email protected].

  • Randall Ernst, PGA

    Randall Ernst

    Lead Instructor - Randall started his professional golf career in 1980 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. He has taught throughout Michigan ever since.

  • Mark Hill, PGA

    Mark Hill, PGA

    Director of Instruction - Mark, a PGA Professional for over 30 years, has a simple and uncomplicated approach to teaching and likes to include on-course instruction as part of his lessons. During his playing career, he competed in the PGA Tour’s Buick Open

  • Stefan Carlsmith

    Stefan Carlsmith

    Managing Senior Instructor Dave Pelz Golf - Stefan was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and splits his time between La Quinta, CA, and Traverse City, MI. He is the Managing Senior Instructor for Dave Pelz Golf and has been with Pelz for 19 years. 

  • Tyler Jablonski

    Tyler Jablonski

    PGA Head Golf Professional - Tyler graduated from the PGM program at Ferris State University in 2016, and during his time there he interned at some of the top golf courses in the country. Now the head golf professional and golf shop merchandiser, Tyler strives to create new interest in the game of golf and expand the market for the experienced golfer as well as the beginner. 


“I was looking for help with distance on my golf game this past summer.I worked with Mark Hill, who helped me add 30+ yards to my drive.I am hitting the ball longer and straighter.He also gave me great advice on chipping and putting.After working with Mark, I took at least 7 strokes off my score and have had more pars this summer than in last 5 years.He was direct and taught in a way I could easily understand and incorporate to my game.I look forward working with him in the future.”

- Dina Richard

Randy is an amazing coach! My son started playing golf couple years ago and he was his first coach. Right from beginning Randy was teaching him how to hold the club, how to swing correctly. He is very patient, determined for you to swing and hit good, he notices everything that you are doing wrong and fixes it right away. He praises you when you’re doing well and always trying to teach you the correct golf technique. He has access to balls carts and golf clubs that you can try out. He takes you out on the golf course to play holes, and he even practicing with you. He is very nice, positive, encouraging and amazing person. I recommend Randy because he is my kid’s favorite coach and thanks to him my son is doing better and better and fell in love with golf!!!

- Lena, Traverse City

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