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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 Bob Knee - 2013 PGA Teacher of the Year 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 December 09, 2015

I was watching the recent Hero World Challenge where Jordon Spieth won by 10 strokes.  Roger Malbie was asked if he thought Jordon Spieth could be the next great player from the US.  He answered quite quickly, "No, he doesn't ...read more

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Wednesday December 09, 2015

I was watching the recent Hero World Challenge where Jordon Spieth won by 10 strokes.  Roger Malbie was asked if he thought Jordon Spieth could be the next great player from the US.  He answered quite quickly, "No, he doesn't have enough power."  Then later in the broadcast they focused on Hideki Matsuyama and Roger Malbie said there is another great young player, and has all the ingrediants to play at a high level, Power and a great short game.

This got me thinking, as I know that Jordon is not a short hitter.  I looked up on the PGA Tour  driving stats from 2014 for Distance.  Jordon Spieth was tied for 89th at 289.7 yds.  Hideki was 51st with 294.8. So, Hideki hits it 5 yds farther than Jordon, and he has the power to play what he thinks is a higher level because of his power.

Here are some stats in quick summary about Distance.  The PGA Tour has 25 players that average over 300 yds.  So lets call them the bombers.  Between Jordon and this 300 yd mark are 64 players that fall within 10 yds of the Bombers.  This is not a short yardage. If you go down to 285 yds to 300 yds there are 100 players in that group. Pace of a distance of 15 yds and you are not talking about that much distance.  I would not say Jordon Spieth is short under any circumstance, he just does not quite make it into the Bomber Group. 

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.