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mikeMike Barnett, Director of Instruction (480-540-7066)

Mike has been Director of Instruction at Bear Creek since opening day in December of 2000. Mike is a life member of the PGA of America and charter member of the Montana Golf Hall of Fame having won 11 Montana state championships.  While playing on the Arizona State Sun Devil golf team he won the Phoenix Men's Amateaur and was a member of the prestigious Goldwater Cup Team.  He graduated from ASU and had several years of  professional playing experience on the Asian and Australian Tours as well as the PGA Tour Qualifying School. Mike has taught around the U.S. with the world's largest and one of America's Top 25 golf schools, the John Jacob's Practical Golf Schools.  John Jacob's helped shape his core teaching philosophy of diagnosis, explanation, and correction.  The use of video analysis is an integral part of his teaching process as well.  Mike teaches at Bear Creek from October through mid May.  MIke can also be found teaching in his native Montana at The Ranch Club in Missoula from late May through September. For lesson information with Mike This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For lesson coupons CLICK HERE!

Brian Calhoun, PGA Teaching Professional (480-560-6668)brian

Brian is originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, and graduated from the Professional Golf Management Program at New Mexico State University. In 1994, Brian was elected to membership in the PGA of America, and he has always had a passion for providing the highest quality golf instruction. Brian has taught at a variety of facilities, including Mauna Kea Resort in Hawaii, PGA West Resort and The Palms Golf Club in La Quinta, California. Mr. Calhoun enjoys teaching all aspects of the game, but as a former lead instructor with the Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools, he has a particular expertise in teaching putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play. Brian also certified in the Fundamentals of Coaching by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Brian was selected in 2009 as a "U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher." Brian teaches at Bear Creek year-round. For lesson information with Brian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jaron Smool, Junior Golf Instructor (641-757-0800)Jaron picture 200 x 267

Jaron is originally from Panora, Iowa and graduated from Buena Vista University with a B.A. in Education where he played golf all four years. During his 2007 and 2008 seasons Jaron was both first team and second team All-State. In Iowa he focused his time improving his skills at Lake Panorama National Resort and Conference Center. Jaron joined the Bear Creek staff after moving to Arizona in 2013. He continues to compete in a variety of men's tournaments to further his golf knowledge and connections. Jaron's background makes him a perfect fit for Bear Creek junior golf private instruction as well as junior golf camps and clinics. For apprentice instruction rates CLICK HERE.

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