Ventana Golf Academy
Golf Lessons in Tucson
At the Ventana Canyon Golf Academy our goal is to provide the highest quality golf instruction in order to equip you with the skills needed to play better golf and get more enjoyment out of the game. Our staff of award winning PGA Professionals will use our first class golf courses and practice facility, digital video and launch monitor analysis, proven teaching methods, and innovative programs to give you an incomparable learning experience. Each of our instructional programs encourages students to develop both the physical and mental aspects of the game so that you can translate your instruction to lower scores on the course. Regardless of ability, every student is given the personalized attention and coaching they need to maximize their potential. All of our offerings can be enjoyed individually or in groups. Multiple day and custom programs can be designed to fit your specific needs.
The Half-Day School
Three hours of instruction separated into three main focus areas: full swing, short game, and putting. Discover your swing issues and corresponding fixes, learn how to get up and down from a variety of short game challenges, and make more putts with an improved stroke and green reading. Students will receive a video analysis and review to help carry on the improvement process.
The Full-Day School
For the ultimate educational experience, the full-day school offers the curriculum of the half-day school in the morning followed by lunch and nine holes of golf with your instructor in the afternoon. Learn to apply your new technique on the golf course while learning valuable skills in course management, strategy, and shot selection.
If there is a particular part of your game that needs specific attention, schedule an hour or half hour session with one of our PGA professionals to get you back on track.
Are you having trouble translating your skills into lower scores? Take a playing lesson and learn course management, shot selection, and mental techniques that can help shave off a few strokes. We will also take an opportunity to brush up on your rules and etiquette as well.
Similar to other aspects of our technological lives, golf equipment has changed dramatically over the past few years. Playing with poorly fit equipment can make the game a struggle. A properly fit set of clubs, however, can help you maximize your skill level and make the game more enjoyable. Any golfer, regardless of ability, can benefit from custom club fitting, whether you need a new set or tweaks to your existing ones. By using the FlightScope X2 launch monitor, the most advanced Doppler radar tracking for golf, we provide the most accurate data and thus, the best fit custom clubs. Our staff are certified fitters for TaylorMade, Ping, and Callaway equipment.
Meet Our Instructors
John Basden, PGA - Director of Instruction
John Basden has been in the golf industry since 1987 and has been a Class A Member of the PGA since 1998. He has coached high school and college golf teams with success at the state and national level. He was awarded the Southern Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2010. John was the featured speaker for the Chapter Teaching Summit as well as an Instructor for the 2011 Southwest Section PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit. He is a G.S.E.B. Authorized Instructor for The Golfing Machine and has extensive training in M.O.R.A.D. by Mac O’Grady . John has personally worked with many top golf instructors such as Hank Haney, Mac O’Grady, Jimmy Ballard, Mike Bender and Scott Sackett. He conducted physiologic research on motor movement during putting task for Dr. Debbie Crews at Arizona State University. John has written numerous articles for Arizona Golfer, Southern AZ Tee Time and Performance Management Magazine. He is a graduate of Arizona State University where he studied Psychology and Educational Psychology.
John’s coaching philosophy emphasizes a holistic approach to “playing the game”. He believes that a mind-set that acknowledges the mental, emotional and physical components will create the greatest opportunity for skill development. John utilizes the advantages of video analysis and FlightScope technology to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of their biomechanics, ball flight pattern and performance.
Dave Simm, PGA - Academy Instructor
Dave Simm began teaching golf at Ventana Canyon as an assistant golf professional in 1988. He has been a member of the PGA for 15 years serving as President of the Southwest PGA Southern Chapter from 2003 – 2005 and twice named Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2007. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Management and serves as a Lead Instructor for the Arizona Women’s Golf Association Ambassador Program. Dave has the ability to work with players at all levels, he has written numerous articles for the Southern Arizona Tee Time magazine, has been named as a PGA Junior Golf Leader and recognized as a Top 50 Junior Instructor by US Kids Golf.
Susie Meyers, PGA - Academy Instructor
Susie Meyers has been a golf instructor / coach at Ventana Canyon since 1993 and a member of the PGA for 15 years. She is a former All American at the University of Arizona, played on the LPGA Tour and has been named Golf for Women Magazine Top 50 Instructor. She has been a guest speaker for the Gateway PGA in St. Louis, the Golf Federation of Chile, the Italian PGA and at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit. Susie, along with Mike Hebron, co-created Neurogolf Learning; Brain Compatible Improvement, which is a brain-based approach for improving ones golf game. Susie provides and supports a learning and developing environment; she believes golfers are not broken in need of fixing but simply on a journey of development.
Patrick McNew, PGA Head Professional
Carl Allen, PGA Assistant Professional
JD Lindberg, PGA Assistant Professional
Kevin Christian, Assistant Professional