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Welcome To Kip Puterbaugh’s Aviara Golf Academy

Located at the award winning Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, North San Diego County, Kip Puterbaugh’s Aviara Golf Academy is the premier golf school in Southern California. It 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 Golf Club 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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    Awards For Our Staff

    October has been a good month for our staff.  The first piece of good news came when Golf Digest Magazine did their annual Best Teachers in the State issue.  We...

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  • Ultimate Golf Outing

    The session includes individualized custom fitting for the driver, fairway or rescue woods, irons and putter. With your fitting you will receive a take home DVD of your data, including loft and lie angles, ball speed, launch angle & spin just name a few.

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