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The Instructors

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It's never too late to be the golfer you always wanted to be.

Meet the Instructors


Joe Charles :: PGA Head Golf Professional /Director of Instruction

A 2005 graduate of Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management Program, Joe became the first student in the history of the PGM Program to attain PGA Membership prior to graduation.  As a TPI Certified Instructor, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and technological expertise to the Treetops teaching staff.  In 2016, the Treetops Golf Academy will give every student the opportunity to hone into their swing faults as Joe will introduce V1 Branded Academy and Foresight Sports Software work towards a fix that much quicker.  Joe joins the Treetops staff after working at some of the top clubs in the world (Kalamazoo CC, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and The Dye Preserve)with some of the top golf professionals in the world such as Dick Stewart, Mike Bender and Chuck Cook.


Spencer Bloom :: Assistant Golf Professional - Jones Masterpiece

A 2014 graduate of Indiana University, Spencer begins his 3rd year at Treetops and has increased his responsibility each year.  Also a great player, Spencer passed his Playing Ability Test on his initial try and is currently working through the PGA’s PGM Program with is sights set on becoming a PGA Member in the not too distant future.  Spencer has served as a coach for our PGA Junior League Program as well as the lead instructor for our Summer Long Camp Sylvan Junior Golf Program.  Spencer’s work ethic is second to none and he will leave no stone unturned to help you improve your game.


Mark Hogan :: PGA Head Golf Professional Treetops North

Mark joins the staff this year after a storied career (25 years) at the neighboring Otsego Club.  The respect that Mark has earned in the Gaylord Community and statewide has us very excited to make him a member of our team.  His vast experience with golfers of all abilities and ages will complement tremendously with some of the younger instructors on staff.  Mark was instrumental in bringing Junior Golf to Gaylord with the reinvigoration of the Gaylord Area Junior Golf Association (GAJUGA).   In addition to his long tenure in Gaylord, Mark has worked at TPC Sawgrass and was mentored as a young professional by Michigan PGA Hall of Famer Ron LaParl at Battle Creek CC.


Kevin McKinley :: PGA Director of Golf & Ski

Kevin begins his 20th year in the golf business this year with stints at Pine River CC and Crystal Mountain Resort before his 11 years at Treetops.  Although his hours on the lesson tee are limited due to a big job as Director of Golf and Ski Operations, Kevin still exhibits a strong desire to grow the game of golf by creating golfers and making existing golfers better.  Kevin was part of a teaching staff that Golf Digest ranked in the Top 25 nationally and was the creator of Treetops’ PGA Junior League and Get Golf Ready Programs.  Kevin has also served the Michigan PGA concurrently for over 10 years and is currently the Vice President of the Section.  He is also a 3-time winner of the Michigan Section’s Patriot Award.


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