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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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Friday November 14, 2014

As the memories of the Ryder Cup start to pass, the new season on the PGA Tour, year 2015, has started. This is an interesting time of the year as all of the young players are playing as much as they can.  Since the top players are not play ...read more

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Friday November 14, 2014

As the memories of the Ryder Cup start to pass, the new season on the PGA Tour, year 2015, has started. This is an interesting time of the year as all of the young players are playing as much as they can.  Since the top players are not playing, the fields allow all of the new graduates of the Web.com tour a chance to get some good finishes under their belt.  As a result, we have some young guys like Robert Streb and Nick Taylor winning tournaments.  There are some players with several good finishes like Tony Finau and Brooks Kepka.  If I was a betting man, my money would be on Brooks Kepka.  He is solid in all areas, finished 4th in the US Open, and has a couple other top five finishes.

On the European Tour the Race to Dubai is coming up soon, but there is not a lot a suspense as Rory McIlroy as got the competition beat before the tournament starts.

The LPGA is also near completion with Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis fighting it out for the CME Globe title.  Lydia Ko has an outside chance, but really needs to play well up to the tournament.

 Hope you all have a Great Thanksgiving and Christmas and will be updating Kip's Corner after the New Year starts! 

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.