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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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Tuesday July 07, 2015

I know that the tournament held at Greenbrier last week is not a major, or it even had an elite field.  That said, it was one of the most enjoyable tournaments to watch of the year.  I love to watch great ball striking, like Jason Dufn ...read more

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Tuesday July 07, 2015

I know that the tournament held at Greenbrier last week is not a major, or it even had an elite field.  That said, it was one of the most enjoyable tournaments to watch of the year.  I love to watch great ball striking, like Jason Dufner in last year's PGA.  Yesterday, I got to watch Angel Cabrera put on a clinic of ball striking.  He drove the ball beautifully, missing only two fairways, and those were buy less that a yard.  His average drive for the day was 335 yds. He was feerless with the driver and very good with the irons.  He is a true "swinger" of the club, and I really enjoy that part of his game.  He takes the club past parallel, his left arm is quite bent, and that really is part of a free, tension free motion.

George Knudson was a great player and after competing on the tour went back to his home country of Canada.  There he became a very good teacher, and in his book he makes the following statement.  "Most amateur's work so hard on controlling the club, it is "out of control.  You have to "give up control" to gain control of the club." 

The Open Championship starts next week and it should prove to be another exiciting major.  My pre tournament pick is Henrik Stenson. 

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.