Instruction

Spearfish Canyon Country Club offers instruction to golfers at every different level of expertise. There is no golfer, at any level, who would not benefit from a session with one of our golf professionals. Whether just a beginner seeking rules and etiquette information, or a seasoned regular brushing up on a weakness, our scope of instruction will suit any need.  Even the best players in the world go through issues which can be solved with adjustments from an instructor with the trained eye. 

Our facility’s General Manager, Rob Kortan, has an extensive level of experience with the game of golf as both an instructor and a player. Rob’s background and accomplishments as a player, both as an amateur and professional, have earned many awards and much recognition. Rob was an All-American golfer in college, a South Dakota state amateur champion, and 4-time USGA event participant.  His background as an instructor is wide-ranging. As an assistant golf professional working in Albuquerque, Rob learned many techniques from New Mexico’s finest instructor and PGA Master Professional, Sam Zimmerly. In 2003, Rob took the reigns of the To’jahille Junior Golf Program, a Native American community on the outskirts of Albuquerque. Rob was very fortunate to work with the program’s architect, 4-time PGA Tour winner, and Golf Channel analyst, Notah Begay III.  In 2004, Rob learned many facets of the game from the best players in the world as a caddie for his brother, Brian, on the PGA Tour.  He was on staff at the University of New Mexico from 2002-2005 as an instructor in their continuing education program, teaching the game to three different class skill levels.  Since his hire at Spearfish Canyon Country Club in 2008, Rob has worked with many of the Northern Hills' finest highschool players, and has aided his golf professional in her efforts as the head coach at Black Hills State University.

Our facility’s Golf Professional, Jaime Bentley, also offers a unique skill set as an instructor. As a successful and decorated college golfer at Black Hills State University, Jaime has gained an extensive amount of knowledge with regard to the game of golf.  Jaime made the transition from player to coach shortly after her collegiate career, as she was the head women's golf coach at Black Hills State University from 2008 to 2017.  As an avid athlete with a love for many sports, Jaime also serves as the freshman and assistant varsity coach for the Spearfish Spartans' girls basketball program.  She has been employed at Spearfish Canyon Country Club since 2004 and has many hours under her belt as an instructor. Jaime is also a registered professional in the LPGA.

At Spearfish Canyon Country Club, we offer an environment and attitude which is conducive to learning. We provide quality, in-depth instruction which allows all golfers to understand the principals of the basic fundamentals. The basic fundamentals are: grip, stance, alignment, posture, and ball position. With a sharp understanding of these five static fundamentals, a golfer can then move to the dynamics of the golf swing.  A golfer’s level of success on the course is directly related to their knowledge of  “how” to manage their game. A playing lesson may be needed to narrow the gap between expectation and performance. For the avid golfer, understanding “how” to play is every bit as important as understanding the static fundamentals and dynamics of the golf swing.

Instruction at Spearfish Canyon Country Club is offered to groups and individuals. We have junior golf sessions in the summer months of June and July. Please contact the pro shop for further details on pricing and availability. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you this year and wish you an enjoyable golf season.

Junior Golf 6-25-18

Golf Course Day!

Little Linksters Session

9:00-10:00 a.m. & 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Little Linksters will take their etiquette lessons out to the golf course, where they will learn where they tee off, where to stand when other players are hitting, the order of play, and what all the stakes and boundaries mean on the golf course.  We will implement this knowledge into playing a few holes and understanding the golf course a little more beyond the practice areas.

Junior Linksters Session

The Junior Linksters will also take their lesson out on the golf course today.  Learning more about the rules of golf, and what the boundary stakes mean, and what options they have when finding themselves with a ball in the hazard.  We will finish the day by playing pairing off into teams and playing a three-hole scramble.

Junior Golf 6-18-18

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

Make-Up Date for lesson will be July 23rd.

Junior Golf 6-11-18

Spearfish Canyon Golf Club

Junior Golf

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lesson focus: Chipping & Pitching

Little Linksters Session:

  • Re-introduce coaches and players
    • Coaches: Jaime Bentley, Ashlyn Pearson & Kaycee Johnson
    • Players
    • New Players
  • Review last week’s lesson
    • Etiquette
    • Essential tools
      • Balls
      • Tees
      • Divot Repair/Ball Marker
      • Clubs
  • Review lessons so far
    • Putting Stroke
      • Left hand on top
      • Feet pointed at the ball
      • Line up the same way for every putt
      • Keep the triangle
      • Nice easy swing
  • Day’s Lesson: Chipping
    • Difference between chipping and putting (similar form)
    • Robot arms
    • Nice easy swings
    • Want to the ball to go in the air, but land softly
    • Let the club do the work
  • Chipping Drills
    • Stations
      • Hula-Hoop
      • Rapid chipping
      • Up-Downs
  • Class dismissed

Junior Linksters Session

  • Review lessons so far
    • Putting Stroke
      • Left hand on top
      • Keep the triangle
      • Nice easy swing
  • Day’s Lesson: Chipping & Pitching
    • Difference between chipping and Pitching
    • When to use a chip shot vs. a pitch shot
  • Chipping
    • Played around the green
    • Set-Up
      • Feet close together (weight favoring lead foot 80%)
      • Club handle slightly ahead of the ball
      • Stand closer to the ball
      • Ball position forward in stance
      • Stroke ball first
      • Low rolling shot
  • Pitching
    • Feet close together (weight still favoring lead foot, but only 60%)
    • Club handle slightly ahead of the ball
    • Ball positioned in the back of the stance
    • Club handle slightly ahead of the ball
    • Strike grass and ball at the same time
    • Higher softer shot
  • Stations hitting both chip shots and pitch shots
  • Chipping/pitching contest
  • Class Dismissed

Junior Golf

 

Junior Golf 6-4-18

Spearfish Canyon Golf Club

Junior Golf

Monday, June 4th, 2018

 

Little Linksters Session:

  • Welcome to Spearfish Canyon Golf Club Junior Golf
  • Introductions
    • Coaches
      • Jaime Bentley
      • Ashlyn Pearson
      • Kaycee Johnson
    • Players
  • Explanation of different golf clubs
  • Essential tools every golfer should have.
    • Balls
    • Tees
    • Divot Repair Tool/Ball Marker
    • Scorecard
  • Explanation of the layout of the golf course
    • Pro Shop
    • Clubhouse
    • Putting Green
    • Chipping Green
  • Learn the Putting Stroke
    • Go through the fundamentals of putting
    • Putting drills/stations
    • Putting competitions
  • Class Dismissed

Junior Linksters Session

  • Welcome to Spearfish Canyon Golf Club Junior Golf
  • Introductions
    • Coaches
      • Jaime Bentley
      • Ashlyn Pearson
      • Kaycee Johnson
    • Players
  • Explanation of different golf clubs
  • Essential tools every golfer should have.
    • Balls
    • Tees
    • Divot Repair Tool/Ball Marker
    • Scorecard
  • Explanation of the layout of the golf course
    • Pro Shop
    • Clubhouse
    • Putting Green
    • Chipping Green
  • Learn the Putting Stroke
    • Go through the fundamentals of putting
      • How to line up your putt
      • How to read the green
      • Marking your ball & repairing ball marks
      • Etiquette/honors
    • Putting drills/stations
    • Putting competitions
      • Scorecards
  • Class Dismissed