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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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We’re where the pros go…

Alana Uriell, LPGA
Cameron Champ, PGA
Jihee Lee, JLPGA
I K Kim, LPGA
Todd Beck, WEB.COM
Michael Kim PGA
Natalie Gulbis, LPGA
Ryu So-yeon LPGA
Larry Mize PGA
Scott Simpson PGA
Dennis Paulson PGA
Loren Roberts. PGA
Chris Riley PGA
Corey Pavin PGA
Alex Yang/Top 16yr old USA
Kentaro Naniyama, Callaway World Jr
Ryan O Tools
Tyler Torano
Danny Ochoa
Alex Aragon, WEB.COM
K H Lee, Asian Tour
Bill Murray, Actor
Marcus Allen, NFL
Kevin James, Actor
Marshall Falk, NFL
Dennis Quaid, Actor


Amateurgolf.com devotes its entire website to the 99.7% of golfers who aren’t pros. Their content is geared towards players who are serious about taking their game to a competitive level, whether that means winning the 4th flight of the Club Championship, or qualifying for the US Amateur.

Visit the AmateurGolf.com site today.