Golf Schools For Women

Women’s Golf Schools & Golf Schools For Women

At the Bird Golf Academy we design each ladies golf school with the women’s perspective in mind. Whether you are an executive, a recreational player or an entry level student we have the perfect school format for you. Our women-only golf school vacations are available at all of our sites and golf resorts around the USA (see our locations page). Select any one of our school formats and you will be teamed with an instructor whose focus is teaching women about the game of golf. Come learn to play golf with us in a no pressure atmosphere where you will feel at ease in improving your game.

The Bird Golf Academy can design any format of golf school with any or all of these incredible LPGA professionals as well as our PGA Professionals who have expertise in teaching women and we are certain that your golf school vacation will bring you a lifetime of memories. Although we feel that our One and Two (student(s)) on One (instructor) formats are the most beneficial we can customize a golf school for a group of any size. For special group packaging and pricing please call our offices at 623 882-2054.

Two on One Instruction

Pricing for The Buddy Golf School

Two on One Instruction

Format:

With this format, you enroll as a twosome, this is perfect for mothers and daughters, sisters, and girl friends looking for fun and to spend some quality time together. The two of you will work with the same LPGA Professional and share lodging. Both students work with their Bird Golf Schools professional for 3, 4, or 5 day golf schools. Each student will receive individual analysis and instruction, and spend 6 hours each day (Buddy Format) or 8 hours each day (Champions Format) with their professional. Each day of learning will include a 9/18-hole playing lesson, with access to the golf courses and practice facilities upon the completion of each day’s school.

Inclusions:

  • Lodging.
  • Unlimited practice and play at the courses.
  • Player evaluation.
  • Lunch with your professional each day.
  • The ultimate golf learning experience®, with 18, 24, or 30 hours instruction with your Bird Schools Professional.

 

Buddy School Cost: (all pricing is per person)

LOCATION 3 DAY SCHOOL 18 hours of individual instruction 4 DAY SCHOOL24 hours of individual instruction 5 DAY SCHOOL30 hours of individual instruction
AZ, Phoenix / Wild Horse Pass $3,495 $4,450 $5,250
AZ, Tucson $2,895 $3,725 $4,350
AZ, Sedona $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
CA, Napa $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
CA, Palm Springs $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
CA, Borrego Springs $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
CA, Santa Barbara $3,795 $4,850 $5,750
Colorado $2,895 $3,725 $4,350
FL, Bonita Springs $3,495 $4,450 $5,250
FL, Boca Raton/ Ft. Lauderdale $3,495 $4,450 $5,250
FL, Jacksonville $2,525 $3,295 $3,925
FL, Orlando $2,895 $3,725 $4,350
FL, Palm Coast $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
Minnesota $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
NC, Pinehurst $2,525 $3,295 $3,925
NJ, Galloway $2,895 $3,725 $4,350
Oregon $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
Pennsylvania $2,895 $3,725 $4,350
SC, Hilton Head $3,250 $4,100 $4,775
SC, Myrtle Beach $2,525 $3,295 $3,925
Vermont $2,895 $3,725 $4,350
One on One Instruction

Pricing for The Eagle Golf School

One on One Instruction

Format:

For the woman that wants to immerse herself in improving her golf game with no other distractions, our One on One format is ideal. With this personalized golf school you work one on one with your own Bird Golf Schools LPGA Professional for a 3, 4, or 5 day school. You receive 6 hours individual instruction and each day will include a 9/18-hole playing lesson; with access to the golf courses and practice facilities upon the completion of each day’s school.

Inclusions:

  • Lodging.
  • Unlimited practice and play at the courses.
  • Player evaluation.
  • Lunch with your professional each day.
  • The ultimate golf learning experience®, with 18, 24, or 30 hours instruction with your Bird Schools Professional.

 

Eagle School Cost:

LOCATION 3 DAY SCHOOL 18 hours of individual instruction 4 DAY SCHOOL24 hours of individual instruction 5 DAY SCHOOL30 hours of individual instruction
AZ, Phoenix / Wild Horse Pass $4,800 $6,100 $7,395
AZ, Tucson $3,950 $5,125 $6,350
AZ, Sedona $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
CA, Napa $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
CA, Palm Springs $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
CA, Borrego Springs $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
CA, Santa Barbara $5,100 $6,500 $7,895
Colorado $3,950 $5,125 $6,350
FL, Bonita Springs $4,800 $6,100 $7,395
FL, Boca Raton/ Ft. Lauderdale $4,800 $6,100 $7,395
FL, Jacksonville $3,495 $4,700 $5,795
FL, Orlando $3,950 $5,125 $6,350
FL, Palm Coast $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
Minnesota $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
NC, Pinehurst $3,495 $4,700 $5,795
NJ, Galloway $3,950 $5,125 $6,350
Oregon $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
Pennsylvania $3,950 $5,125 $6,350
SC, Hilton Head $4,300 $5,600 $6,795
SC, Myrtle Beach $3,495 $4,700 $5,795
Vermont $3,950 $5,125 $6,350

 

Add-on Ideas:

  • Limousine chauffeured wine tour at our Napa, California site.
  • Horseback riding on the beach at our Jekyll Island, Georgia location.
  • Spa treatments at Aji Spa at Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, a Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star Spa, in Chandler, Arizona. Or, at several of our other partner facilities that have marvelous Spas

Note: These add-ons are suggestions if you are looking to add even more fun to your golf school vacation. Pricing for add-ons varies for each activity. Please call for pricing and we can also tell you what other activities are available at our wonderful locations.

Custom Groups – If you have a group of women of any skill level interested in taking golf instruction, we can custom design a school for you. Designing a small group format can be a more affordable option. We can work with you in selecting the number of instructors, the length of the program, design clinics and arrange events (such as banquets) at your request. Please call 1.877.424.7346 for more information on group schools. There is no exclusive female swing, or female mechanics, but there are different techniques which are more pertinent to women, and anatomical differences that will be addressed. We’ll show you how to reach your potential! Bird Golf Schools for Women are led by our senior instructional staff of LPGA golf professionals with extraordinary backgrounds.

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Shirley Furlong
LPGA Member
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Jim Samsing
PGA Member
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Tim Peightal
PGA member
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Craig Waryan
PGA member
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Amy Benz
LPGA member
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Mary Mills
LPGA member
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Mike Ellis
PGA Member
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Scott Ezell
PGA Member
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Lee Maiden
PGA Member
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Greg McFee
PGA Member
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Sharron Moran
LPGA Member
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Jim Terry
PGA Member
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John Thorsnes
PGA Member
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Craig Smith
PGA Member
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Peter Cherry
PGA Member
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Shirley Furlong

LPGA Member

Shirley was an All-American at Texas A&M University in 1983, and after graduating she met with immediate success as a professional. The leading money winner and winner of four events on the Women’s Professional Golf Tour, Shirley joined the LPGA Tour in 1984. Shirley recorded sev-eral Top S finishes in her fifteen year career on Tour which was highlighted with her victory in the 1988 Keystone Open. Shirley was also the runner up in the 1989 McDonald’s Championship and a year later the runner-up in the Nabisco Dinah Shore. A lifelong student of the game, Shir-ley has studied and worked with some of the game’s greatest instructors (Betty Dodd, Chuck Cook and De De Owens). Shirley believes that a good golf swing comes first with good funda-mentals and stresses the importance of having a good “pre-shot routine”. She also believes that teaching her students to manage themselves and the golf course are keys to becoming a successful player. Shirley is passionate about teaching and it shows in her students. Shirley’s upbeat and charming personality will make your golf school with her memorable. Shirley was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Jim Samsing

PGA Member

Jim’s career as a golf professional spans 38 years. A competitive player since 1970, and the winner of the 1973 Montbello Open Pro-Am, Jim also recorded top 10 finishes in several state opens. Jim was also the Head Professional at Mission Hills C.C. in the mid 70’s. His teaching philosophy is to keep the swing as simple as possible, developing strong fundamentals and swing skills, and using the brain as the major tool in the development of these skills. He is the foremost expert in the theory of the “Double Connexion”, a mental discipline used on the PGA tour. Jim is a true master and student of the game, who’s style is successful with players of all abilities. Jim is also an accomplished club fitting specialist. We are proud to have Jim as our West Coast Director of Instruction.

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Tim Peightal

PGA member

Tim began his 35 year career as a PGA professional at the Disney World golf resort in Orlando where he had the opportunity to observe and study with some of the legends in golf instruction; Davis Love Jr., Jim Flick, Bill Strausbaugh and Bob Toski. Tim would later work with 1928 US Open Champion, Johnny Farrell and 1935 PGA Champion, Johnny Revolta. Tim served as the Head professional at Indiana Country Club for 7 years before returning to Florida where he was the Director of Instruction for The United States Senior Golf Academy for six years. Tim’s goal is to find as many ways as possible to make learning fun and feels that since every golfer is different, then each of his students should be taught, differently. His enormous skill as a teacher comes from his understanding of several different methods, and being able to identify, the perfect method and style with each of his students. We are proud to have Tim as our East Coast, Head Professional.

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Craig Waryan

PGA member

In an incredibly distinguished career, Craig has earned most every honor that can be bestowed upon a PGA professional. Craig was the Minnesota Section PGA, Teacher of the Year in 2004, twice the Golf Professional of the Year, and four times the recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh award. He has been teaching for 35 years and was only the 87th person to achieve PGA Master professional status. In addition to which, Craig was the Club Fitter of the Year and has appeared on both Golf Digest and Golf magazines’ Top 10 (in Wisconsin and Minnesota) Teachers lists, several times. Craig has topped Golf Digest’s annual list of “Best Teachers By State” for the last 6 consecutive years and was inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame in 2014. Craig’s students have won over 30 State Championships, a National title and a National runner-up finish. We are very proud to have Craig as a Senior West Coast instructor and know with certainty, that your golf school with him, will be extraordinary.

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Amy Benz

LPGA member

Amy’s idol was LPGA Hall of Famer, Amy Alcott, who her father took her to watch when she was 12 years old. From that moment on Amy knew that she wanted to be a professional golfer. They became friends and were even paired together in the final group of the U.S. Open one year. Amy was a star in college at SMU where she was an All American and also the winner of the AIAW National Championship in her sophomore year. Amy was the medalist and the runner-up in the USGA Junior Girls and a member of both the victorious Curtis and World Cups in 1982. Amy would go on to have a very successful career on the LPGA Tour where she won the 1988 Mixed Team Championship and recorded 6 runner-up finishes and two wins on the Japanese Tour. Amy credits teaching legends Craig Shankland, Bob Rotella and David Love Jr. as being major influences in both her game and for giving her the knowledge as she began teaching. And it is with teaching that Amy has found her calling for which she is passionate. Amy’s objective when working with her students is to keep the learning simple and she believes that a sound swing is made up of the entire body, working in unison.

We are very proud to announce that Amy was inducted in the SMU Athletic Hall of Fame on May 6, 2016, at Moody Coliseum. Congratulations Amy!

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Mary Mills

LPGA member

Winner of the 1963 U.S. Open, Mary’s career as a player and teacher is second to none. A member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Mary enjoyed 18 years on the LPGA Tour, during which time she won 9 tour events, including three major championships (the LPGA Championship in 1964 and 1973, as well as the U.S. Open). Now an accomplished golf course architect, Mary’s first love remains teaching. A member of the LPGA Teaching Division since 1980, Mary prides herself on working with players of all skill levels. As a student of the game, Mary has studied and worked with some of the game’s legendary teachers: Johnny Revolta, Tommy Armour, Paul Runyan, Bob Toski, and Ángel de la Torre to name a few. Mary’s extensive background allows her to evaluate each student differently and individually – and makes a golf school with Mary a “once in a lifetime experience.”

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Mike Ellis

PGA Member

In a career entering its third decade, Mike has distinguished himself as a teacher. Mike is a Quarter Century Member of the PGA of America and Bird Golf’s Southern California Director of Instruction. Mike began his career as the Head Professional at up-scale Tatum Ranch Golf Club before assuming the same position at the very prestigious Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Florida and later at the Monarch Country Club. Teaching has always been at the forefront for Mike and is the showcase for his enormous skills as a communicator, mentor, and coach. In the 20 years before joining Bird Golf, Mike headed up the highly acclaimed Marriott Golf Academy in Palm Desert. Mike’s teaching philosophy is based on fundamentals and ball flight; he is conversant with several methods and styles of teaching. He gives this information to his students in a simple and easy way to understand. His passion for helping his students achieve their best is evident in every school he teaches.

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Scott Ezell

PGA Member

Scott was a successful collegiate golfer before turning professional.  He competed on the Canadian Tour where he had several Top 10 finishes before dedicating himself to teaching, which he has been doing for the past 27 years. A PGA member since 1995, Scott was the Director of the Golf Academy at Wintergreen Resort for five years before becoming the Director of Instruction at the Birdwood Golf Academy (at the University of Virginia) where he stayed for 20 years. He is the author of several instructional articles and teaching manuals in numerous publications. He has worked with several Tour players (Brendon De Young and Heather Farr), and numerous Collegiate players. Scott has also had the pleasure of working with quite a few celebrities including John Grisham, Howie Long, and Ernie Banks to name a few. Scott incorporates a variety of teaching methods to help his students and his personality and sense of humor will make your learning experience both fun and rewarding. He teaches by the creed “one thing at a time” and “one thought at a time”.

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Lee Maiden

PGA Member

Lee turned professional in 1973 after serving in the US Navy. His career began at the Wigwam where he had the opportunity to study and learn from golf greats, Hale Irwin, Dale Douglas and Dave Marr. In 1977, Lee was at the Vail Golf Club (where he started the Gerald Ford Pro-Am), where he stayed for two years before becoming the Head Professional at Park Hill GC where he spent extensive time with another PGA legend, Dave Hill. While at Park Hill GC, Lee founded the Colorado Junior Golf Association in 1981. Lee then went on to be the Head professional at Eagle Country Club, Cattails GC and the Heritage Hills GC in McCook, Nebraska. Lee was the Head Golf Coach for the Adams State University from 1995-2000. Throughout his career, Lee’s passion has always been teaching and it is as a teacher that he truly shines. In his 33 years as a professional, he has helped thousands of his students not only improve their games but also to enjoy it! There are several reasons why Lee’s nickname is “The Swing Doctor”. We are proud to have Lee as a Senior West Coast instructor for the Bird Golf Academy.

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Greg McFee

PGA Member

At the beginning of his 36-year career as a PGA professional, Greg taught at the prestigious Harder Hall Resort in Sebring, FL. He was the Head Professional at Concord CC in Boston, MA, for 9 years and has also had his own Golf Academy. In the ensuing years he has remained a passionate teacher dedicated to helping his students improve. Those students include several professionals and celebrities including iconic runner, Roger Bannister and even a US President. Greg credits legendary teachers Billy Harmon, Mike Adams, and Brian Smith with helping him learn his craft and the ability to teach several methods and styles. He is also an accomplished writer, having authored several articles about the game, and he has written a weekly newspaper instructional column. Greg believes that golf doesn’t have to be complicated, but it must be fun. His engaging personality and relaxed style make learning with Greg a game changing experience.

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Sharron Moran

LPGA Member

Sharron was an outstanding amateur golfer who was the Illinois state Champion and also the number 1 player on the University of Arizona’s golf team for four years. After college, Sharron joined the LPGA Tour where she distinguished herself immediately by being the 1967 Rookie of the Year. After competing successfully for ten years on the Tour, Sharron dedicated herself to teaching. Sharron was a broadcaster for ABC television, for whom she covered several major Championships in addition to being an author and the Women’s golf editor for Golf Digest magazine for three years (Sharron also has her own line of sportswear!). Sharron studied with the legendary Bob Toski for 14 years and has hosted clinics all over the world. She has been the Director of Instruction at La Costa, Thunderbird, Lakeside and Crested Butte Country Clubs and been the featured professional for the Tommy Armour Golf Company for ten years. Sharron is familiar with several teaching styles and believes in matching her students to the style best suited for them. Her relaxed and friendly manner ensures that your golf school with Sharron is not only an invaluable learning experience, but you will have fun doing it! Sharron is our Palm Springs Director of Instruction.

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Jim Terry

PGA Member

Jim has been a member of the PGA of America since 1982. In the early 1980’s Jim was the Teaching Professional at fabled Hazeltine National in Chaska, MN. Jim would then be the Head Professional at the Brainerd Golf Club before spending a decade at Rolling Green Country Club. Jim’s priority has always been teaching and helping others which he does so brilliantly. Jim founded the very successful Mobile Golf Schools and was also the host of the “Rub of the Green” TV shows. A very fine player throughout his career, Jim finished in the Top 10 money list of the Minnesota Section PGA, 5 times, and was the winner of several Pro-Ams and Section events. Jim served on the Minnesota Section PGA’s Board of Directors on two occasions and has been very active in helping youth programs and local charities. Jim’s ready wit and calm and patient approach to his craft are indicative of the man himself. Jim believes that those ingredients are essential in achieving the best results with all of his students and says that: “I love this game. I love to play and I bring that passion to my teaching because I want everyone to feel the way that I do.”

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John Thorsnes

PGA Member

A PGA Member since 1990, John has spent the majority of his career in the great Northwest before dividing his time for Bird Golf in Oregon and winters in Arizona. John has been the recipient of several awards in his career having been three times the Teacher of the Year in PGA Chapter, a three-time Golf Professional of the Year, and a five-time Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. John was the Head Professional at prestigious Clubs: Pumpkin Ridge, Tom O’Shanter and Walla Country Club before developing and owning the highly acclaimed Wine Valley Golf Club in Washington. An accomplished player having won a host of PGA Section events, John has always maintained a focus on teaching, which he now dedicates himself to completely. John has studied and learned with legendary teachers like Jim Flick, Butch Harmon, and Hank Haney who have all influenced his philosophy and style. John believes that simplicity is the most effective way to teach his students and his passion for helping each student is immediately evident with everyone he works with.

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Craig Smith

PGA Member

A PGA Member since 1978. In 1989 Craig was elected as a PGA Master Professional. While managing high profile country clubs such as Quaker Hill CC, Palmetto Pine Country Club, and as Director of Golf Operations for International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) overseeing 5 clubs, he never gave up his love and desire to build and inspire golfer’s improvement. Craig has been associated with and an instructor for John Jacobs Golf, Craft-Zavichas Golf, Golftec, as well as his own Academy. He has been a certified fitter for Henry-Griffits, Slazenger, Ping, and Taylor-Made. His career has seen him receive many honors including being voted by his peers as not only “Golf Professional of the Year”, but recently voted into the North Florida P.G.A Section “Hall of Fame”.

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Peter Cherry

PGA Member

A transplanted Englishman, Peter began his extraordinary career at the College of Boca Raton, where he graduated in 1988 after being a N.A.I.A. All-American. Over his 35-year career, Peter has held three very prestigious positions at prominent English Clubs: Harpenden GC, Royal Mid-Surrey GC and Ashridge GC, but his passion has always been teaching, which he now practices all the time. Peter has coached an extensive list of competitive golfers including a Walker Cup squad member and has also been the Golf Union County Coach for Hertfordshire. Peter is also an exceptional player and was asked to represent England Schoolboys and has won several PGA Championships and in excess of 60 Pro-Ams. He is the holder of 5 course records, while most recently having qualified for the 2021 Senior British Open Championship. He does not believe that “one size fits all” when teaching the golf swing but works with each student differently and uniquely helping them create “their own” golf swing. Your school with this delightful man (he has a great sense of humor!) will be in all ways, a game changer.

Sharon Miller, seen here giving a presentation with the legendary Carey Mumford (Bird Golf Academy’s Director of Game Enhancement), on the mental aspects of playing competitive golf. Sharon’s vast knowledge and insights proved invaluable to these golf clinic participants as she talked about the emotional highs and lows when playing the game and how to avoid getting “stage struck”.