I would like to express my complete satisfaction with the training provided by Tim P. of Bird Golf Academy. It turned out to be a great experience and well worth it. Tim easily identified my major flaws and quickly had me working on fixing them. He did not have me start from scratch (the last person I took lessons from wanted to do just that — start over after forgetting what I did for 10 years!). Instead, Tim retained the ‘good’ parts of my swing and had me working within my physical abilities. I was pleased to see the results. I got a great deal out of the time we had am now confident that I will be able to play a good game.

Tim was easy to work with and I have a great deal of respect for his teaching abilities. It is now up to me to do the work and then see the benefits in the course. I will keep Tim updated. I hope to give him good news in a few weeks!

Thanks to the Bird Golf Academy!

Philip Thambidurai. PhD
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Golf School: New Jersey


I want to take this moment to thank Shirley and Bird Golf for providing me golf school experience that exceeded my expectations. With Shirley as my instructor, I learned sound fundamentals of the golf swing starting from the grip, athletic stance and posture, and the actual swinging plane. In addition, with the help of clear key, I was able to reduce tension in my body before hitting the golf ball. I must say, with Shirley’s extensive knowledge of the golf swing and her fine attention to details, I finally learned and developed a golf swing that can be repeated. Furthermore, with her experience as a Tour pro, I’ve learned many ways of attacking the hole from within 50 yards. Thanks Shirley and next time, I’ll bring my wife with me. The experience really couldn’t have been any better!!! THANKS for the great teaching and a great vacation.

Chin-Yu Lin
Tokyo, Japan

Golf School: Nevada


Craig, Can’t tell you how pleased I am to have had you as my golf instructor. I learned a tremendous amount about how to play the game and what I need to do to improve my swing and my scoring. I came to the Bird Academy with high expectations and you did not disappoint. And aside from all the golf I learned, it was a genuine pleasure spending four days on the course with you. You’re a true gentleman.

Ray Sweet
Rowland Heights, California

Golf School: California


Jay, I booked this trip with high expectations and came back with more than I thought I would achieve. Not only did I have immediate results, but also have the tools to stop and reset my swing and thought process when I get too much into my head.

Dick couldn’t have been a better instructor. I liked the way he broke down instruction into small chunks, then built on them daily and over the course of the three days.  He was able to figure out, quite quickly, what would resonate with me.  Three days went too fast.  I played golf on Saturday when I got home and I can hear everything he said to us in my head!!  Not only an incredible instructor, but such a kind and patient man.  Couldn’t have been a better fit.  Thank you for that.

Until next time (and there most definitely will be one), stay well and my very best to you and Dick!”

Teri Awwad
Highlands Ranch, CO

Golf School: Arizona


Hi Jay,
My recent 3-day Bird Golf Academy experience at Seaview Golf Resort, New Jersey, was FANTASTIC!! Gregory McFee, PGA, was an outstanding instructor. His teaching style was informative, provided a great foundation and gave me the necessary knowledge and skills to improve my game. Gregory has already improved my golf swing and distance….all the while having fun! Ending our instruction with a recap of what we worked on along with daily videos and commentary has been a valuable resource for reinforcement of skills learned. Thank you again Bird Golf Academy and Gregory McFee for an outstanding golf experience. UP to the target!!!!!”

All my best,
Melinda Knupp Walker
Camp Hill, PA

Golf school: New Jersey


“Never have I made a better investment in golf than I did this past January with Tim Peightal. I am playing the best golf I have ever played and enjoying it more. I didn’t think that I would be able to do as well as I have at the age of 67, but I was wrong. The adjustments that Tim made in all aspects of my game has me hitting the ball with more accuracy than ever before, and my short iron distance is about 10 to 15 yards longer than it had been. My bad shots are fewer and usually have better results than in the past, and my good shots have very pleasing results. I have improved substantially in chipping and putting thanks to Tim’s advice. My handicap index is currently down to a 13, and of course, the law of diminishing returns factors in as we try to get lower scores. I can remember when I was really pleased if I broke 90. Now I am not satisfied unless I am in the low 80’s. I still hold out hope that breaking 80 will become the norm!

If I decide to seek further help with my game, I would want it to be with Tim. His clear guidance and his understanding of the individual golfer’s strengths and limitations, makes him the ideal instructor.

William (Bud) Colden
Troy, NY

Golf School: Florida


Ann Jo and I wanted to thank you for arranging the Jekyll Island Bird Golf School for us last week. It was a phenomenal experience and one we hope to repeat again and again.

Our group certainly presented a challenge to Roger Kreuter and Steve Godley and they met that challenge with grace and professionalism. Rachel had only held a club once before she arrived on Monday morning; by the time she left she was proud of her 100+ yard drives straight down the fairway. Ann Jo had been working on her swing for a year with limited success until Steve suggested ‘Tuck in your elbow!’; from then on she was making consistent contact and created a skill base she can work on at home. Greg (whom we nicknamed Tiger), has played for 12 years but had consistency problems; Roger helped him to turn rather than slide his hips and the trajectory of his drives improved dramatically.

I needed the most work – Roger changed my grip and my stance and I can already see improvement while practicing on Saturday and Sunday. After having me practice swinging with my eyes closed and then with my bifocals in my pocket Roger shared that my glasses prevented me from seeing the ball all the way through my swing – something that I had previously never realized. I could clearly hit better without my glasses; today I am ordering distance glasses and will keep my bifocals in my pocket when I play this summer.

The Jekyll Island Club was beautiful and the suites that you arranged were luxurious. Only the eager anticipation of improving our games could motivate us to leave the Club grounds each morning. We are looking forward to a return visit to the Club and the courses.

Ann Jo, Rachel, Greg and I are already making plans to attend the Bird Golf Invitational in November. We will all be working hard on the range and playing on the course so we can improve our games for that event. Since our younger daughter lives a few hours outside of Phoenix we will be able to combine the Invitational with a trip to visit her and her family.

We loved the complete Bird Golf experience and we are looking forward to continuing our instruction and improving our game.

Have a great summer – we will see you in the fall!

Paul Jackson
Gloucester, MA

Golf School: Georgia


Dear Jay,

Just a brief note to express our positive experience we had with Mary Mills at our Boca-based golf school lat month. Mary was a delight, humorous, patient, very helpful and obviously experienced. Both Barbara and I immensely enjoyed the whole time, and it was a nice getaway for us as well. We will be raving about Mary and the Bird Golf Academy to our friends, some of whom we think may also contact Bird in the future.

Per Mary’s advice, we’ve been at the range more than on the course, and we are trying to groove our swings. As warned, it is not easy but we will be persistent. On the course, I finally broke 100 without a mulligan a week ago, and Barbara now has increased confidence with her new set of clubs, is “smashing” many shots with her new 5 and 6 rescue clubs and is putting much better. My short game is much improved, and I no longer tremble when I have to hit a wedge out of the sand or over a water obstacle.

Alan and Barbara Hartstein
Miami, Florida

Golf School: Florida


I have just returned from my Palm Springs vacation and wanted to share with you my experience with Coach Craig Waryan and our three day golf instruction at Indian Wells.

First, I wanted to comment on the wonderful facilities and accommodations that were set up at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort. The location and proximity to the golf course and instruction area were convenient and the resort itself was both inviting and comfortable during my stay. Indian Wells is truly a world class facility and ranks very high on my all-time favorite golf destinations.

Secondly and most importantly, I wanted to comment on the fantastic instruction and valuable experience I had with Coach Craig. From the very start, I was nervous that a “semi-experienced golfer” like myself would be overwhelmed with a lot of information about what I have been doing wrong and was worried that an overhaul of my swing would be in order, effectively undoing all my habits from 9 years of play and causing me to feel as though I am starting from scratch. Coach Craig ensured that wasn’t his objective and basically spent time learning my swing, understanding my tendencies and then using that information to tweak and modify so as to correct and not just change for the sake of change.

For an individual like myself who has never had professional instruction, Coach Craig’s teaching approach was welcoming and helped me to not only listen, but retain his instruction. There were elements to the lessons that were both simplified and technical in nature, and both methods worked in concert near flawlessly. Credit to Coach Craig for knowing which method to use at which time. It was an absolute pleasure spending my time learning the game from such an accomplished instructor.

The definitive and most concrete evidence I can give of my positive experience was how enjoyable golf was during my time with Coach Craig and also every round I played after the 3 day program was over. I am now back in Calgary and absolutely disappointed that I’m unable to play until the springtime. I have already seen noticeable improvements in my game and I’m confident I will be achieve my personal golf goals in the coming season. Hitting the ball straighter, longer and with the desired ball flight is addicting – I just want to keep playing more. I feel I’m equipped with a lot more valuable knowledge on both the physical and mental aspects of the game and the retention of said information is entirely due to the excellent and commendable instruction of Coach Craig.

If this was the level and quality provided from all teaching golf professionals, I would certainly recommend professional instruction to anyone. However, though I cannot comment on other golf schools or instructors, I do now know what Bird Golf can offer and the quality of instruction from Craig Waryan. And without a doubt, I will recommend your school and especially Coach Craig to anyone interested in learning and seriously developing their golf game. I cannot wait to get back on the driving range this week, let alone the golf course next season.

Thank you so much for making golf even more enjoyable than it already was.

Take care,

Dennis de Jesus
Calgary, AB

Golf School: California


Michelle and I have just arrived back in New Zealand after spending what we both agree is our best adventure yet! Lee was out of this world (not an alien though) and Michelle and I learnt more than we ever thought possible in only five days. We felt at ease from the very first moment we met Lee and he has a true knack of getting the most from the time available. The resort, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, California and the USA were all truly amazing.

Thanks to Bird Golf for making my 50th such a memorable time.

Richard Toulson
Albany, New Zealand

Golf School: California

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