WHAT DOES THE WILLOWS ACADEMY OFFER?

During the summer months The Willows has a world class practice facility including a grass range deck, a large putting green and large chipping green including a practice bunker. We also have a 27 hole golf course which makes scheduling playing lessons that much easier.

In the winter months we have installed a Golfinsim simulator to be able to teach lessons and run a few fun events.


FLIGHTSCOPE TECHNOLOGY

OUR PGA OF CANADA PROFESSIONALS

CLINTON SCHMALTZ - Head Teaching Golf Professional

Clinton has been a PGA of Canada member since 1993 and has taught thousands of golf lessons in his career and has learnt that we need to be flexible when teaching as everyone is unique in terms of how they move the club. With the use of today’s modern technology Clinton believes he can make any level of player enjoy the game more and improve. Along with focusing on your golf swing Clinton also believes that to be the best player you can be you need to look at nutrition, fitness and the mind.

Along with teaching Clinton has been helping clients get fit into the correct equipment. He is certified with most of the major brands and with the use of our Flightscope technology we can ensure you get clubs custom designed to fit you.

cschmaltz@willowsgolf.com

CRAIG PRENTICE - Head Golf Professional

Being surrounded with golf from an early age, Craig has been a fixture around the Saskatoon golf community for the past 15 years. Joining the PGA of Canada in 2003 and obtaining his 'Class A' certification in 2013, Craig has had the opportunity to work with thousands of golfers, ranging from beginner to advanced. Ensuring an easy to follow lesson plan, Craig’s number one goal is for each student to walk away with the ability to apply what the student has learned during their lesson and apply it on the golf course. Craig will guide you through a fun, comfortable, interactive lesson leaving each student with the confidence to help improve their golf game. Students will have to the ability to sharpen their skills in all areas of their game including short game, putting, bunker play and much more. 

cprentice@willowsgolf.com

MARK SHEARDOWN - Assistant Golf Professional

Mark joined the PGA of Canada in 2008 and has been teaching ever since. His outlook is to keep things simple during each lesson, by providing a couple key components for the golfer to work on in the short term. Over saturating someone with knowledge can sometimes backfire, and it can be hard to retain information. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a comfortable and confident golf swing. Practice is your friend, and Mark will make sure you're leaving your lesson with a game plan and a path towards future success!

Mark is also a certified club fitter and can provide knowledge regarding any of the equipment The Willows carries, and can provide custom fittings using both Flightscope and Simulator technology. 

msheardown@willowsgolf.com

WAYNE FAIRBAIRN - Executive Golf Professional

Wayne joined the PGA of Canada in 2002 when working at Riverside Country Club . In 2006 Wayne moved to Calgary where he took the assistant pro job at The Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club where he later became the Head Professional in 2009. While there he was lucky enough to attend the Butch Harmon Teaching Summit and also became certified in TPI level 1. These courses where instrumental in laying the foundation for how Wayne teaches the game today and the importance of not only having a great understanding about the golf swing but also how to communicate that to his students.

Before turning professional Wayne played his college golf at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby and also played in many tournaments throughout the Saskatchewan summer. He made the Saskatchewan Willingdon Cup team in 1998 and 1999 and was the Provincial amateur in 1999 too. He continues to play in a few events around the province to keep his game sharp and when he has a few moments you may see him hitting few putts and chips.

Wayne is also a certified club fitter and is very knowledgeable in all the new product from clubs, shafts, shoes and golf balls. He has been fitting clubs with the use of Flightscope technology for many years now and  would encourage anyone in the market for new clubs to take the time and get fit.

wfairbairn@willowsgolf.com

ACADEMY INQUIRIES

Clinton Schmaltz
PGA of Canada Teaching Professional
Email: cschmaltz@willowsgolf.com

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