Buffalo/Niagara at Hickory Stick Golf Course

Buffalo/Niagara at Hickory Stick Golf Course

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Western New York, the Hickory Stick Golf Course presents itself as a summer haven for our golf students. Hickory Stick Golf Course was ranked a top-15 public course in the State of New York. The Robert Trent Jones II design weaves it way through some of the finest topography for golf in the entire region. Combining the absolute best course conditions and customer service levels in the area, Hickory Stick redefines premium golf in Western New York. Its strategic location just north of Buffalo, New York, and in close proximity to the breathtaking Niagara Falls, makes it a convenient and accessible destination not only for local enthusiasts but also for dedicated golf students traveling from Toronto and various parts of Canada.

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Day To Day

01 On The Range

Start your day on the range establishing your individual goals for your golf school. You will baseline your current swing with swing video analysis before you move into your applicable swing drills, customized specifically for your own game.

02 On the Greens

Your instructor will help you understand the fundamentals of the putting stroke using a variety of aiming tools and techniques. Your instructor will help you understand distance and direction control and help you brush up on proper green reading techniques.

03 Pitching and Chipping

Focus on your short game by beginning with proper set up and approach to the ball and the green. Your instructor will evaluate your chipping and pitching alignment and help you make repeatable, proper contact with the golf ball. Most of your short game will come down to club selection. Your instructor will help you understand how each club selection leads to trajectory control, distance control, loft/lie angle selection and understanding different lies.

04 Bunker Game

An area many golfers struggle with is the sand game. You and your instructor will work through bunker shots, both greenside and fairway bunkers. Golf shots out of poor lies will only improve with practicing each bunker scenario.

05 Playing Lessons

Afternoons are all about taking “your game” to the course. This includes playing within yourself, developing a consistent routine, and reinforcing swing changes.
We don’t just show our students how to hit the ball better on the driving range…we play with them each day of their school. How often has someone taken a golf lesson only to go to the course and ‘lose’ everything that they just learned? We know that the most important part of changing is trust. It is that trust in something new that we abandon when it matters most; on the course. Playing lessons allow us to observe ‘how’ a person plays, both in thought and mechanics and then to show them how various intangibles like lie, wind, pin placement, and course condition affect each shot. We teach them how vital course management can be. It is also essential to show students how important it is to play ‘in your personality” and to play “within yourself”.
End your round post-game analysis.

06 The Mental Game

Mentally, golf can be more than a little demanding. Consistent performance on the course requires a mental approach that is effective for a casual weekend round or a high-pressure tournament. We teach students how to think like pros. We coach a mental program that allows for thinking clearly on the golf course. In addition to our one-on-one concept, we focus on the mental side of the game. This singular approach allows us to show our students how to take their game and swing from the driving range to the golf course…where it really matters.


Award-Winning Buffalo/Niagara at Hickory Stick Golf Course
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is just steps from the breath- taking views of the world-famous Niagara Falls, a bucket list adventure. With 10 dining destinations spanning the culinary spectrum from award winning fine dining to meals-on-the-go, there is something for everyone. The luxurious AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel is 26 stories with 604 deluxe rooms and suites.  Pamper yourself at the IL Lumino Spa, where you can relax with a massage, signature facial or the full-service Salon. An indoor, heated pool and fitness center are also on-site.  Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is also known as a prime performance destination with the biggest names in entertainment. If a casino hotel isn’t your thing, ask us about alternative hotel options nearby.

What’s Included

A Haven of Golfing Excellence and Warm Welcome

For generations, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course has been a sanctuary for golf enthusiasts and a haven of warm hospitality. Welcoming avid players, families celebrating special moments, and corporate teams seeking an inspiring setting, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course has become a cherished destination. Situated in the stunning expanse of Western New York, our course is not only a stone’s throw from the vibrant energy of Niagara Falls but also close to the sports mecca of Buffalo.

What’s Included
What’s Included
  • Buffalo/ Niagara golf schools students enjoy their well-appointed guest room
  • Unlimited practice and play at the amazing course at Hickory Stick
  • Player evaluation
  • “Clear Key” analysis
  • Lunch with your PGA/LPGA professional each day
  • The ultimate golf learning experience®, with 18, 24, or 30 hours instruction with your Bird Golf Academy Professional
  • All taxes are included
What’s not Included
What’s not Included
  • Golf Balls and Tees
  • Golf Clubs, however, rental clubs are available through our golf course partners
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the golf school locations
  • Personal items purchased during the golf school
  • Additional golf rounds before or after your school days
  • Golf Rounds for other members of your party, not in your golf school
  • Instructor gratuities are not expected but always appreciated. If you would like to leave a gratuity for your instructor, $75-$100 per day is customary.

Travel Details

How To Get There
FLY into:

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

Distance to Hotel :

25 miles

Driving Time:

30 minutes

Planning For Your Trip

1 Packing and Weather

Weather is important to consider when deciding what to pack for a golf school. We want you to have the right gear when you need it most.  The weather in Buffalo/Niagara Falls in the summer is a beautiful low 60s to low 80s, with July being the warmest month. The perfect place to take a golf school in the summer.

Please check the weather of your destination before you leave and be sure to be prepared for all possible conditions with the right gear – this includes bringing removable layers, sun protection, rain gear, vest or wind jacket. Check the Weather

2 Ready to book?

To book your golf school, you can call us at 877-4-BIRDGO to speak with a booking specialist. Your booking will be finalized once your deposit of $500 per golfer is paid at the time of booking. If you reserve your school less than 30 days prior to the first day of school, the full balance will be due at the time of booking. Once your school is booked and your lodging is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation with important information pertaining to your school, and a player profile to be filled out and returned.

3 What happens once I book?

Once your golf school is booked, you will receive a confirmation email along with a player profile to be filled out and returned prior to your school start date.  The night prior to your first day of school, your instructor will call you and let you know the meet-up location and time for your golf school.

4 What if I have to cancel my trip?

Our student-first cancellation policy makes it as easy as possible to change your golf school. Even in uncertain times, you can rely on us to provide flexibility so you can book your trip with confidence.

You can always take a mulligan on your golf school in the occasion life events get in the way. If you need to take a future school credit with us, there is no expiration and you can redeem your credit on any golf school location, even if it is different from your original booking. As long as you don’t quit the game of golf, your credit will always be redeemable.

We want to make it as easy as possible to change your golf school to fit your schedule. Have a question? Give us a call, 877- 424-7346.


5 General FAQs

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to the most common questions that don’t necessarily pertain to a specific school.