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Welcome To Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy

I.K. Kim Wins ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters Ricky DeSantis awarded the 2014 Moutain West Freshman of the Year Todd Baek Wins by 5 at the PGA Tour China's Penglai Open Voted top instructors in Californa by Golf Digest
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America Top 25 Golf Schools in America

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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Wednesday January 14, 2015

The real start to  the PGA Tour season has started, and Patrick Reed won again at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  Reed now has 4 wins and is only 24 years old.  That is quite an accomplishment, and regardless of what people ...read more

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Wednesday January 14, 2015

The real start to  the PGA Tour season has started, and Patrick Reed won again at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  Reed now has 4 wins and is only 24 years old.  That is quite an accomplishment, and regardless of what people thought of his "Top 5 Player" comment from last year, you have to hand it to him that he knows how to win. 

The first round of the Dubai tournament was last night, and it was the first tournament for Rory McIlroy.  He was playing with Rickie Fowler, and after 10 holes Rickie had a 3 shot edge on Rory.  Rory was even, Rickie 3 under.  Well, Rory birdied 5 out of six holes to shoot five under and tie Rickie.  We may be watching this duo alot this year.

Mickelson starts next week at the Humana, and then Tiger plays in Phoenix for the first time in years.  

Could be a great start to the year! 

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.