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The Instructors

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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 starts his second year as Director of Instruction for the Treetops Golf Academy. This year the academy becomes part of the Golf Channel Academy network of world class teaching facilities increasing its already well known reputation in golf instruction. Joe is a TPI Certified Golf Professional and Eyeline Golf 4 Putting Elements Certified instructor, both of which will be utilized in this year’s golf school. Joe also specializes intheapplicationofmanystateoftheartteachingtechnologies including V1 video analysis and Foresight Sports Launch monitors which will also be utilized in your experience at the school.  Joe joined the Treetops staff after working at some of the top clubs in the world (Kalamazoo CC, Ritz-Carlton GolfCluband The Dye Preserve) as well as some of the top golf professionals in the world such as Dick Stewart, MikeBenderand Chuck Cook.


Mark Hogan :: PGA Head Golf Professional Treetops North

Mark is in his 2nd year after a storied career (25 years) at the neighboring Otsego Club and is now serving as Head Golf Professional at Treetops North. The respect that Mark has earned in the Gaylord Community and statewide has us very excited to have him be 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 21st year in the golf business this year with stints at Pine River CC and Crystal Mountain Resort before his 12 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 and a four-time finalist for the national award.  Kevin is the current Golf Professional of the Year for the Michigan Section PGA and will become the 44th President of that Association in October of 2017.

Stephanie Carson

A 2015 graduate of Trine University, Stephanie is in her first season at Treetops. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration - Golf Management.  Upon graduating, she spent a season working at The Grand Hotel Golf Shop on Mackinac Island.  The following summer she moved to Vermont to work at The Quechee Club as the 2nd Assistant Golf Professional. She assisted in running the junior golf program and ladies league.  Most recently she was working in the golf shop at The Polo Club of Boca Raton in Florida assisting in running tournaments and Jr. clinics. She is currently in the qualifying stage of obtaining PGA Membership and, plans on taking her PAT this summer. She looks forward to joining the team at Treetops this season! 

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