Do you need to improve your game? Do you need to work on all of it, or just a segment? Can you not get off the tee? When was the last time you hit half the greens in regulation? Can you not get up and down?
Whatever your game needs, the state's golf schools have. Whatever questions you mumble while you play, the state's golf schools can answer. Whatever instruction you need, the state's golf schools can provide.
The number of possible quirks in a golf swing may be surpassed only by the number of options you have to correct those quirks. Here are your options this summer:
Academy Golf Schools
Whatever your quirk, Academy's Rick Davenport will find it and work to correct it. "We use extensive videotaping," said Davenport, who has owned and operated this program for 10 years. "Every moment I am working with them is videotaped.
Davenport, who will operate his Academy in the Chicago area and in Myrtle Beach, in addition to Lakewood Shores near Oscoda and Spruce Ridge in Dowagiac, has been developing his teaching techniques for 20 years. "I have been teaching in golf schools for what is approaching 20 years," Davenport said, "and I have been developing this program for most of that time."
Academy Golf Schools will be conducted each month, May through August, at Lakewood Shores and Spruce Ridge.
"The difference," Davenport said, "is our experience factor."
Contact: Rick Davenport, (800) 677-CLASS.
Crystal Mountain Resort
Crystal Mountain Resort under the leadership of PGA Head Professional Brad Dean will be conducting a golf school this season. Crystal Mountain has an excellent practice and learning facility that should prove a favorite of golfers seeking to improve their games.
Crystal Mountain Golf School is scheduled for May 25-27 and June 12-14 from $523 per person and June 19-21 from $558 per person.
For more details call Crystal Mountain Resort at 1-800-968-7686.
Eastern Michigan University
Golf instruction is considered one of many Adventures in Education at Eastern Michigan University.
Dr. Michael Bretting, the head of EMU's Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance attended golf school with Rick Smith two years ago and found it to be a quality learning experience. Now, EMU has scheduled three sessions, and possibly a fourth, in northern Michigan this summer.
According to Karen Cline of EMU's Adventures in Education program, sessions are scheduled for May in Gaylord, September at Sugar Loaf and possibly July at Grand Traverse Resort. While all of the dates were not finalized at press time, EMU's school scheduled for May 17-19, will be conducted by the "Professor," Rick Smith, at Treetops in Gaylord. A women's-only clinic is tentatively scheduled for the following weekend, also in Gaylord, at Hidden Valley.
Cline noted that Sugar Loaf will host an EMU golf school in September and Grand Traverse Resort in Acme may host such a program in July.
Cline also noted that an EMU golf school will be held at High Pointe, also in July. The cost of these EMU Adventures in Education is approximately $110, plus tuition.
Contact: Karen Cline, (800) 777-3521.
Grand National Golf Academy
Patti Butcher, a member of the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division, will team up with former LPGA Tour pro Sue Ertl to present the Junior Players Camp this summer.
"The focus of this camp is on scoring," Butcher said of the session priced at $325. "This is a three-day comprehensive camp for the experienced junior player."
While the above camp will feature 24 hours of instruction in those three days at The Meadows in Allendale, another GVSU camp "will introduce juniors to golf in a fun way," according to Butcher. This camp is planned for three consecutive mornings and will be offered several times throughout the summer season at a cost of $95 per session.
Butcher and Ertl, an Ionia native who played on the LPGA Tour for 11 years and who is now coaching at the University of Arkansas, will also present the Women's Weekend Golf School in May.
The Grand National Golf Academy's most popular adult session last year was the mini-session, a six-hour instructional period held evenings or weekends, for $95. That cost will also enroll you in a Short-game Scoring Seminar at The Meadows. This clinic, with no more than six students per group, will concentrate on pitching, chipping, putting and bunker play.
Grand National has also added its Player Series, a program of individual instruction in which Butcher or one of her staff members will play nine holes with a student then offer three hours of precise instruction.
"We feature small, personal groups," Butcher said of the sessions at Grand National Golf Academy. "People like our personal attention and we try to adapt our teaching to each group."
Call Butcher or Don Underwood at GVSU in Allendale for specific dates and times, (616) 895-1000.
Jim McLean Golf School
Conducted at superior resorts and clubs across the country, this school will be held several times this summer, midweek and weekends, at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, just north of Traverse City.
Four-day sessions, ranging from $795-$1,445 are scheduled five times in June, and four times in each of July and August. These sessions feature 24 hours of instruction, some meals, greens fees and a cart after instruction and accommodations of desired.
Weekend sessions are scheduled once in May, twice in each of June and July and three times in August, at a cost ranging from $395-$795, these sessions feature 12 hours of instruction, some meals, a cart and greens fees following the session and lodging if desired.
All sessions at Grand Traverse Resort feature a manual, visual analysis of your swing, an equipment analysis and a welcome packet.
Contact: Mike D'Agostino, (800) 748-0303, ext. 3550.
Katke Golf Club
Katke golf pro Ron English will present a pair of school sessions this summer, scheduled for June 9-14 and July 21-26.
These sessions, designed for junior golfers and which can provide lodging at the adjacent Holiday Inn if necessary, are tailored to the ability of the players. "I like to teach fundamentals, but it depends on the class," English said. "I gear the teaching to the level of their ability. We keep the class sizes low, so we can do more one-on-one teaching."
Call the club for more information, including times and prices.
Contact: Ron English, (616) 592-3765.
Michigan State University Golf Camp
Spartan coach Ken Horvath will personally instruct students at a pair of camps scheduled for July 14-19 and 21-26. A third camp, slated for July 28-August 2 is "geared to the 85-and-lower player," according to Horvath. The Spartan coach will be assisted in that session by four other college coaches including those from Penn State University, Wright State University in Dayton and Southeast Louisiana. The cost for the first two camps is $400 for commuters and $500 if lodging is necessary and the cost of the advanced camp is $595.
Contact: Ken Horvath, (517) 355-1635.
Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools
Based in North Palm Beach, Florida, this school will be held throughout the United States this summer, with several sessions planned for Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.
Jim Flick will act as the lead instructor at the Boyne sessions planned for June 3-5 and 6-8, and July 8-10 and 11-13. Other Nicklaus/Flick sessions at Boyne Highlands are scheduled for May 20-22 and 23-25 and August 12-14 and 15-17. The cost for these programs ranges from $1,095-$2,645. This program emphasizes teaching people rather than methods.
Contact: Boyne Highlands, (800) 642-5528.
Boyne Rapids Adventure Golf
An existing recreational golf facility, in Boyne City, will show a new face to area residents,young people and visitors this summer. An 18-hole, miniature Par-3 golf course has been newly constructed on the grounds of Boyne Rapids Adventure Golf and is scheduled for a mid-June opening.
Of special note to youngsters, who want to learn the basics of golf, are two Golf Camps, running consecutively for three days in late June.
"Campers," ages 10-12, will meet each morning, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 18, 19, and 20, 9:00 am-noon, for three hours of intense instruction. Those 13 to 16 years of age will meet from 1:00-3:00 pm, on those same days and dates. Class size is limited to only 15.
"Our current plans call for two, three half-day golf camps in mid-June; we will schedule youngsters 10-12 years of age in morning sessions, and those 13-16 years of age, each afternoon." Williams concluded, "We can teach the short game at our facility and, utilizing the local transportation authority, escort campers to a golf driving range just one mile to our east. A promise of 36 holes of golf daily, plus two buckets of balls at the driving range, all under the direction of an experienced local golf coach, at competitive rates, should be an attraction."
For additional information about the "Chip n' Putt" or the golf camps, call Brian Williams at (616) 582-2978, Glen Williams (313) 665-6851 or catch them on the Internet, they'll be on-line soon.
Tri-State University Golf Camp
Tri-State coach Bill SanGiacomo has eliminated the boys-and-girls camp he had previously taught, but has added a three-day program that promises to concentrate specifically on the short game. That new camp, which SanGiacomo will conduct on the TSU campus in Angola, Indiana, is scheduled for July 7-10.
A series of six-day camps for adults are scheduled in June and three mini-camps are scheduled in July. The six-day sessions are set for June 2-7, 9-14, 16-21 and 23-28 and the three-day, four-night mini-camps are slated for July 10-13, 14-17 and 21-24.
A four-day, three-night parent-child camp is also planned for July 17-20. Prices for all of the camps at TSU begins at $395 and SanGiacomo and his staff of 10 golf professionals do all of the teaching.
Contact, Bill SanGiacomo, (800) 347-4TSU
University of Michigan Golf Camp
Fellow coaches and a few PGA professionals are expected to assist Wolverine coach Jim Karas during his four sessions of instruction this summer.
"Our first camp is June 16-21 but that is for commuters only," Karas said, "because the football camp is that week, too, and they take up all the dorm space." The University of Michigan's other three camps, which will offer lodging if desired, are slated for June 23-28, June 30-July 5 and July 7-12. The cost of these camps is $300 for commuters and $450 with accommodations.
Contact, Kim Karas, (313) 998-7239.
Jim McLean Golf School
Lee Houtteman, Ken Hornyak and other PGA pros will provide the instruction at the newly established Jim McLean Golf School at Grand Traverse Resort.
These two-day sessions, to be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays from June 1 through mid-September, will feature six hours of instruction, 36 holes of championship golf, video analysis and two nights' accommodations. The cost of this program is $984, based on double occupancy.
Contact: Ken Hornyak, (800) 748-0303.