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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, PGA

    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. 

  • Mike Alpers

    Mike Alpers, PGA

    Lead Instructor - Mike became a PGA member in April 1994 and has spent his entire professional career as a member of the Northern Michigan Chapter of the Michigan PGA. Mike graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 and will be competing in Michigan PGA events as a Senior member.


“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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Instant Gratification

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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