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Welcome To Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy

Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy is the premier golf school in Southern California and is the longest running golf school in the Western United States with the most consistent staff with over 100 total years of experience teaching both adult and junior golfers!

The Aviara Golf Academy opened in 1991 at the Arnold Palmer designed Aviara Resort Course in Carlsbad, CA, 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego. The experience, dedication and longevity of his talented staff of 5 full time Master Instructors is unparalled in the golf industry. Kip began teaching in 1972 and joined by Wayne Searle they opened the Academy in 1991. Master Instructors Ken Green joined in 1994, Bruce Nakamura in 1995, Bob Knee in 1995 and Grant Halverson in 1999. Working together through the years they've developed a curriculum that gives the golfer of any skill level the best chance to improve their game.

Golf Digest has honored our staff with their survey of the Top Teachers in California by placing 5 of our teachers in the top 26 of the state. We are one of only three schools worldwide graded by Golf Magazine at a Gold Medallion resort that has a Top 100 Teacher and a Top 25 Golf School.

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Monday December 30, 2013

As the year 2013 is now ending, I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year for 2014.

It should be a very interesting year as I think there are several key players to watch.  Number 1 would be Phil Mickelson and his quest to win t ...read more

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Monday December 30, 2013

As the year 2013 is now ending, I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year for 2014.

It should be a very interesting year as I think there are several key players to watch.  Number 1 would be Phil Mickelson and his quest to win the US Open at Pinehurst.  What a story that would be, and I really hope it happens. For Phil to join the elite crowd of players to win all 4 majors would be great for golf, but it would be amazing as Pinehurst is where he had his first of six runner up finishes in the US Open. Number 2 would be Henrik Stenson. Can he continue the amazing play that ended the year of 2013.  I personally have never seen ball striking as he exhibited through the Fed Ex Cup and then the Race to Dubai.  If he continues, which I think he will, he could win a couple of majors next year.  Number 3 would be Lydia Ko. I am really concerned with her and her groups decision to quit her longtime coach and go to David Leadbetter.  I wish her the best, but I have some definite worry about how this might play out.  Number 4 would be Rory McIlroy.  He finished the year strong and I hope he can come back into the mix next year as he is a refreshing golfer, and he totally has the game.

Let's see what happens! 

Bob Knee is awarded 2013 San Diego Chapter of PGA Teacher of the Year!

Bob Knee, PGA has been an instructor at The Aviara Golf Academy since 1995, and has guided the games of top amatuer players Michael Kim and Alex Rhee along with PGA Tour winner Chris Riley, and LPGA player So Yoen Ryu. His passion to teach, and his great communication were recognized this year by the San Diego Chapter of the PGA. Following his award, he was ranked again by Golf Digest as one of the top teachers in California. Bob made a special thanks to “Operation Game On,” a foundation he has been volunteering for the past year where he helps instruct Wounded Warriors in the San Diego area. Congratulations Bob for a great job.