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Carl's Golfland employs an experienced staff of PGA Professionals to provide golfers of all abilities world-class instruction. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran of the game just looking for some expert pointers, we've got you covered. Along with our A+++ teaching professionals, the Carl's Golfland facilities at both store locations, provide an ideal learning environment.

We understand lessons can be somewhat intimidating if you're not used to high-level instruction. No problem! Simply give us a call and we'd be happy discuss our offerings and get you in contact with one of our pros.

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MEET OUR PGA PROFESSIONALS

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
  • Joe Portfilio JOE PORTFILIO
    Joe Portfilio
    JOE PORTFILIO

    Joe, a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University has been a PGA Professional since 1990 and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified since 2007. Since joining Carl’s Golfland in 1990, Joe has given thousands of private lessons to golfers of all ages and skill levels. He is a Level 3 TPI Certified Junior Coach, TPI Certified Level 3 Golf Instructor and Level 2 TPI Power certified. TPI is the world’s leading authority in golf health, fitness, junior development, biomechanics and coaching education. Joe is also a U.S.Kids Golf Certified Instructor, Certified Adaptive Golf Instructor and Trackman Certified Professional. Joe reminds all of his players that “Golf is a game, thus it is meant to be enjoyed.” Joe is available for lessons year-round.

  • Gene Bone II GENE BONE
    Gene Bone II
    GENE BONE

    Gene became an assistant professional in 1983 and gained his PGA Class A professional status in 1988. He was worked at some of Michigan’s finest golf establishments in his 27+ years as an instructor and golf professional: Treetops, Bay Pointe, Links at Pinewood, Eldorado and the Lynx GC. Gene has earned many accolades in his career including 1998 Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year and was named Top 20 golf instructors in Michigan by Golf Digest in 2000 and 2001. Gene believes in teaching the basic fundamentals of the game and keeps the lessons simple and fun. He stresses that as our body changes we must adapt those changes to our swing in order to keep the game enjoyable. Gene is available for lessons year-round.

  • Tom Harding TOM HARDING
    Tom Harding
    TOM HARDING

    Tom has 25+ years of teaching experience and has been a PGA member since 1995. He has been recognized by Golf Digest as a Top Teacher in Michigan. Tom played for the Michigan State golf team prior to stints on the Australian, Canadian, Nationwide and Asian Tours. He played in the PGA Tour’s Buick Open in 1998 and 2003, and won the 1993 Canadian PGA. He was also named the Michigan PGA Player of the Year in 1997 and 2002, and has won the Michigan PGA Championship, the Tournament of Champions and the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship twice. In 2017 he qualified and played in the U.S. Senior Open and was inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. In 2018 he was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. Tom is also very proud of the accomplishments of his three daughters who have carried on his legacy as members of the Michigan State Women’s Golf Team.

PLYMOUTH AT ST. JOHN’S
  • Brian Liberati BRIAN LIBERATI
    Brian Liberati
    BRIAN LIBERATI

    Brian Liberati turned Professional in 1980 and became a Class A Professional in 1986. Brian began his career at some of Michigan’s finest country clubs. Brian is also a U.S. Kids Certified golf instructor and has taught multiple state champions, along with numerous all-state players. He is a Certified American Development Model Teacher and Coach - a new program sponsored by the PGA of America. Brian is Level 1 & 2 TrackMan Certified. He teaches golfers of all levels and he believes in teaching the individual, not a method. Brian wants his students to become more reactionary, not analytical and the drills he teaches will help any golfer have more confidence when setting up to the golf ball. He is on staff year round at Carl’s Golfland at St. John’s.

  • Olivia Pizii Olivia Pizii
    Olivia Pizii
    Olivia Pizii

    Olivia is a Class A PGA member and a graduate of Ferris State University’s PGA Golf Management program. She was also a member of Ferris State women’s golf team and continues to stay competitive in Michigan section events. Upon graduating from Ferris, Olivia was the assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach at Shattuck St. Mary’s Golf Center of Excellence in Faribault, Minnesota. She was also the head golf professional at Legacy Golf on SSM’s campus where she ran the junior golf program as well as the Legacy Golf Academy; a public academy for all skill levels. Olivia focuses on the key fundamentals of the golf swing and believes in the athleticism of her students rather than teaching one specific golf swing and believes in the repetition of drills to build confidence in her students. Olivia has experience with beginner players of all ages as well as elite junior players that have gone on to play at the NCAA level and beyond. Olivia is available year-round for lessons.


LESSON PRICES

LESSON TYPE Adult rate Junior Rate*
1/2 Hour Private Lesson $75 $55
1 Hour Private Lesson $135 $90
Series of 4 1/2 Hour Private Lessons $280 $200
Series of 4 One Hour Private Lesson $510 $340
Series of 10 1/2 Hour Private Lessons $650 $450
Series of 10 One Hour Private Lessons $1200 $800
Adult Beginner Group Classes Series of 4 One Hour Group Lessons $100
Adult Intermediate Group Classes Series of 4 One Hour Group Lessons $120
Junior Development Group Program Series of 4 One Hour Group Lessons $100
*High School and Under

Types of Lessons

PRIVATE LESSONS

Carl's Golfland has a lesson program that is perfect for you. If you need a single tune-up or are looking to improve all aspects of your game, we offer private lessons on both an individual and series basis. Please see the instructor profiles and chart for more information and lesson rates.

SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS

For groups of 3 or more people we offer Semi-Private lessons with our PGA Instructors. Semi-Private lessons are only offered in 1-hour lessons. Semi-private rates are $180 for 3 students and $30 for every additional student. Payment in-full, in one transaction, is required at the time the lesson is scheduled.

GROUP LESSONS

Spring/Summer 2022 group lesson schedule: Bloomfield Hills or Plymouth at St. John's.


Adult Beginners (maximum eight students)

These four one-hour classes cover all aspects of the game: fundamentals of the full swing with all clubs; short game (pitching, chipping and putting), golf etiquette; and the rules of golf.


Adult Intermediate (maximum six students)

These four one-hour classes are designed for those who have taken our Adult Beginner classes, or those with on-course experience. Includes pre-shot routine; set-up/ aim; full-swing position with all clubs; pitching; chipping; putting; playing from various lies; course management.


Junior Development (maximum eight students)

Carl’s Junior program is an excellent way for boys and girls of all ages to learn and become excited about the game. The four one hour classes will cover full swing, chipping, pitching, putting etiquette and basic rules. Please see our group lesson schedule for a detailed class description as well as session dates and times.


Junior Cyclone age group: 5-9

Junior Smash age group: 10-15

Adult Beginners (maximum eight students)

Four (4) one hour classes – $100

  • Lesson 1 (Clubs - Irons): Introduction to the game of golf. General equipment information. Set-up, grip, posture and stance.
  • Lesson 2 (Clubs - Irons): Learning the full swing
  • Lesson 3 (Clubs - 7i, Wedge, Putter): Chipping, Pitching and Putting
  • Lesson 4 (Clubs - Woods): Driver, Fairway Woods and Hybrids. Etiquette and Rules.

Adult Intermediate (maximum six students)

Four (4) one hour classes – $120

  • Lesson 1 (Clubs - Short Irons): Pre-shot routine, aim, full swing
  • Lesson 2 (Clubs - Long Irons): Different lies, full swing
  • Lesson 3 (Clubs - 7i, Wedge, Putter): Short game
  • Lesson 4 (Clubs - Woods): Full swing, driver, hybrids and fairway woods, course management
2022 Group Lessons Schedule - Bloomfield Hills

Adult Beginner Schedule

DAY CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
April 12, 19, 26, May 3 TUE 11:00 AM B041222D
May 4, 11, 18, 25 WED 10:00 AM B050422D
June 7, 14, 21, 28 TUE 10:00 AM B060722D
July 7, 14, 21, 28 THUR 11:00 AM B070722D

EVENING CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
April 4, 11, 18, 25 MON 6:00 PM B040422E
April 14, 21, 28, May 5 THUR 6:00 PM B041422E
April 19, 26, May 3, 10 TUE 7:00 PM B041922E
May 4, 11, 18, 25 WED 6:00 PM B050422E
May 10, 17, 24, 31 TUE 6:00 PM B051022E
May 25, June 1, 8, 15 WED 7:00 PM B052522E
June 6, 13, 20, 27 MON 7:00 PM B060622E
June 16, 23, 30, July 7 THUR 6:00 PM B061622E
June 21, 28, July 5, 12 TUE 7:00 PM B062122E
June 29, July 6, 13, 20 WED 6:00 PM B062922E
July 5, 12, 19, 26 TUE 6:00 PM B070522E
July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 THUR 7:00 PM B072122E
Aug 8, 15, 22, 29 MON 6:00 PM B080822E
Aug 16, 18, 23, 25 T&TH 7:00 PM B081622E

Adult Intermediate Schedule

DAY CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
April 7, 14, 21, 28 THUR 1:00 PM I040722D
May 10, 17, 24, 31 TUE 11:00 AM I051022D
June 1, 8, 15, 22 WED 10:00 AM I060122D
July 5, 12, 19, 26 TUE 11:00 AM I070522D

EVENING CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
April 6, 13, 20, 27 WED 6:00 PM I040622E
April 12, 19, 26, May 3 TUE 6:00 PM I041222E
April 13, 20, 27, May 4 WED 7:00 PM I041322E
May 9, 11, 16, 18 M&W 7:00 PM I050922E
May 12, 19, 26, June 2 THUR 6:00 PM I051222E
May 17, 24, 31, June 7 TUE 7:00 PM I051722E
June 1, 8, 15, 22 WED 6:00 PM I060122E
June 7, 14, 21, 28 TUE 6:00 PM I060722E
June 16, 23, 30, July 7 THUR 7:00 PM I061622E
June 22, 29, July 6, 13 WED 7:00 PM I062222E
July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 MON 7:00 PM I071122E
July 27, Aug 3, 10, 17 WED 6:00 PM I072722E
Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 TUE 6:00 PM I080922E
Aug 15, 17, 22, 24 M&W 7:00 PM I081522E

Junior Cyclone 5-9 year olds Schedule

Start Days Times Class #
April 9, 16, 23, 30 SAT 11:00 AM JC040922M
April 16, 23, 30, May 7 SAT 10:00 AM JC041622M
May 10, 12, 17, 19 T&TH 4:00 PM JC051022A
June 4, 11, 18, 25 SAT 10:00 AM JC060422M
June 23, 30, July 7, 14 THUR 1:00 PM JC062322A
June 29, July 6, 13, 20 WED 10:00 AM JC062922M
July 9, 16, 23, 30 SAT 10:00 AM JC070922M
July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 THUR 1:00 PM JC072122A
July 27, Aug 3, 10, 17 WED 10:00 AM JC072722M
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 SAT 10:00 AM JC080622M

Junior Smash 10-15 year olds Schedule

Start Days Times Class #
April 16, 23, 30, May 7 SAT 1:00 PM JS041622A
May 16, 28, 23, 25 M&W 4:00 PM JS051622A
June 21, 28, July 5, 12 TUE 1:00 PM JS062122A
July 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 TUE 1:00 PM JS071922A
2022 Group Lessons Schedule - Plymouth at St. John's

Adult Beginner Schedule

DAY CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
May 3, 10, 17, 24 TUE 11:00 AM SB050322D
May 4, 11, 18, 25 WED 10:00 AM SB050422D
June 2, 9, 16, 23 THU NOON SB060222D
June 6, 13, 20, 27 MON 11:00 AM SB060622D
July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 MON 10:00 AM SB071122D

EVENING CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
March 28, April 4, 11, 18 MON 6:00 PM SB032822E
March 31, April 7, 14, 21 THU 6:00 PM SB033122E
April 4, 11, 18, 25 MON 7:00 PM SB040422E
April 6, 13, 20, 27 WED 6:00 PM SB040622E
April 26, May 3, 10, 17 TUE 7:00 PM SB042622E
April 27, May 4, 11, 18 WED 7:00 PM SB042722E
May 26, June 2, 9, 16 THU 6:00 PM SB052622E
June 6, 13, 20, 27 MON 6:00 PM SB060622E
June 21, 28, July 5, 12 TUE 7:00 PM SB062122E
June 22, 29, July 6, 13 WED 7:00 PM SB062222E
July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 THUR 6:00 PM SB072122E
Aug 8, 15, 22, 29 MON 6:00 PM SB080822E
Aug 16, 23, 30 Sep 6 TUE 7:00 PM SB081622E
Sep 6, 8, 13, 15 T&TH 6:00 PM SB090622E

Adult Intermediate Schedule

DAY CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
April 25, May 2, 9, 16 MON NOON SI042522D
April 28, May 5, 12, 19 THUR 11:00 AM SI042822D
June 1, 8, 15, 22 WED 10:00 AM SI060122D
July 6, 13, 20, 27 WED 11:00 AM SI070622D
July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2 TUE 11:00 AM SI071222D

EVENING CLASSES

Start Days Times Class #
Mar 29, April 5, 12, 19 TUE 7:00 PM SI032922E
Mar 30, April 6, 13, 20 WED 7:00 PM SI033022E
April 25, May 2, 9, 16 MON 6:00 PM SI042522E
April 28, May 5, 12, 19 THUR 6:00 PM SI042822E
May 4, 11, 18, 25 WED 6:00 PM SI050422E
May 24, 31, June 7, 14 TUE 7:00 PM SI052522E
May 25, June 1, 8, 15 WED 7:00 PM SI052522E
June 6, 13, 20, 27 MON 7:00 PM SI060622E
June 23, 30, July 7, 14 THU 6:00 PM SI062322E
July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 MON 6:00 PM SI071122E
July 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 TUE 7:00 PM SI071922E
July 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 WED 7:00 PM SI072022E
Aug 8, 15, 22, 29 MON 7:00 PM SI080822E
Aug 18, 25, Sep 1, 8 THU 7:00 PM SI081822E

Junior Cyclone 5-9 year olds Schedule

Start Days Times Class #
April 2, 9, 16, 23 SAT 11:00 AM SJC040222M
May 3, 10, 17, 24 TUE 4:00 PM SJC050322A
May 7, 14, 21, 28 SAT NOON SJC050722A
June 4, 11, 18, 25 SAT 10:00 AM SJC060422M
June 22, 29, July 6, 13 WED NOON SJC062222A
July 8, 15, 22, 29 FRI NOON SJC070822A
July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 MON 11:00 AM SJC071122M
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 THU 11:00 AM SJC080422M

Junior Smash 10-15 year olds Schedule

Start Days Times Class #
April 2, 9, 16, 23 SAT 1:00 PM SJS040222A
May 7, 14, 21, 28 SAT 10:00 AM SJS050722M
June 2, 9, 16, 23 THU 4:00 PM SJS060222A
June 4, 11, 18, 25 SAT NOON SJS060422A
June 30, July 7, 14, 21 THU NOON SJS063022A
July 5, 12, 19, 26 TUE 1:00 PM SJS070522A
July 9, 16, 23, 30 SAT 11:00 AM SJS070922M
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24 WED 11:00 AM SJS080322M

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Evaluation

A TPI screen is designed to identify a player’s physical limitation, which may prevent someone from playing their best golf. The results of a series of simple physical tests to evaluate your mobility and stability will be used to design a workout program that can be done at home or with a personal trainer. Video is used during the lesson. A video review of the lesson including drills will be sent to you through e-mail. For more information please contact Joe Portfilio (joep@carlsgolfland.com or 248-335- 8095 EX 175.

TPI FITNESS EVALUATION: $225 - ONE HOUR

A series of simple physical tests to evaluate a player's flexibility and strength related to the golf swing. Establish a "fitness handicap" to track progress and set goals. V-1 video session to identify swing faults and fixes (copy of swing emailed to student). Drills assigned to improve swing technique. Six week, 18 session personalized workout program, based on your evaluation, designed to help improve flexibility and strength. Access to personal MyTPI website to view exercises online. Exercises can be done in comfort of your own home or gym with little equipment. Video tutorial and guide for individual exercises.


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