Golf Instruction at Treetops Resort
Treetops Resort is renowned for providing some of the best golf instruction Michigan has to offer. Our golf pros offer lessons for players at all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner who can barely swing a club, or a seasoned golfer looking to fine-tune a few techniques, our workshops, clinics, and lessons will meet you where you are in your golfing career.
Golf Instruction Programs
Maybe you’re not sure what kind of lessons you’re looking for. That’s okay – we can help you assess your strengths and weaknesses, and then prescribe the right golf instruction for your needs. Here are the highlights of the golf instruction programming available at Treetops:
- Golf Lessons
Why not start with a one-, two-, or three-day workshop to jump-start your golf season? We also offer Golf School for women and couples. Plus, every day throughout the season, one of our golf pros holds a demonstration clinic for a variety of skills.
- Get Golf Ready
Looking for a more in-depth, intense golf instruction experience? Get Golf Ready is a springtime, five-day series that whips golfers into shape at the beginning of golf season.
- Junior Golf Lessons
Our Junior Golf lessons are ideal for players ages 18 or younger who want to improve their game through private, intensive instruction. Many of our Junior Golf students use this opportunity to polish their skills in order to make their high school golf teams.
Meet Your Instructor
Duncan Tinling – PGA Assistant Golf Professional/Lead Instructor
A proud member of the PGA of America, Duncan Tinling has been teaching golf for more than 20 years. In 2015, he joined a small but dedicated community of instructors when he completed the PGA’s intensive continuing education program to become Certified in Teaching & Coaching. This is symbolic of Duncan’s belief that the learning process never ends, and that his insatiable quest for golf knowledge will, ultimately, lead to the best results for his students.
Duncan’s experience at providing 5-star service is well documented, acting as the Head Golf Professional at both The Diplomat Country Club & Spa and The Links at Fisher Island, two of South Florida’s finest luxury resorts. Additionally, he has capitalized on being in this golf mecca since 1999 by studying and working alongside some of the industry leaders in modern golf instruction. This includes mentoring under former PGA and European Tour professional and renowned instructor Manny Zerman at the Manny Zerman School of Golf. Duncan has been solely dedicated to instruction for the past seven years, including serving five years as a Lead Instructor at the historic Stratton Golf School in Southern Vermont. He encourages you to contact him to discuss your golf game and how he can help you reach your potential.
Steve Scheuermann - PGA Director of Golf
Steve Scheuermann is a 36-year Life Member of the PGA of America and specializes in Junior Golf. Through his growth of the game initiatives, Steve was a top leader and golf instructor of one of the largest junior golf programs in Michigan for many years. Steve developed a strong passion for junior golf as a junior golfer himself. He believes that everyone should learn ways to enjoy the great game of golf. Steve was also the Executive Director of the Lake Michigan Junior Golf Tour providing competition for kids ages 8-17, He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan High School Athletic Association Golf Coaches for his extensive involvement and support of Junior Golf.
Steve’s teaching philosophy is a simple approach designed for golfers of all abilities as it easily adapts to every student’s skills and physicality. Steve is extremely knowledgeable in the Nine Ball Flight Laws and uses drills and “triggers” to improve a golfer’s impact position and the impending improved ball flight. Read more about Steve here.
Joel Aptaker – PGA Assistant Golf Professional
After graduating from the University of Florida, Joel spent 15 years as a banker and real estate appraiser in Southern California. He decided to take the great leap and follow a lifelong dream of becoming a golf professional earning his Class A PGA card in 1989. After holding Assistant Professional positions at several private clubs and resorts in California and Florida, he became the Head Professional at a private club in Buffalo, New York. He came to realize his real passion in golf was to be a teacher and mentor for golfers desiring to make themselves into the best players possible. With this realization, Joel sought out positions as a teacher, and found himself as the Director of Instruction at The Cranwell Resort in Western Massachusetts and then at The Balsams Resort in Northern New Hampshire.
Joel has had tremendous success as a teacher of the golf swing for two reasons. First, he believes that the swing is actually very simple and is based on just a couple of fundamentals. These fundamentals are the proper rotation of the body based on efficient leg movement, and a relaxed swinging of the arms accompanied by a well-timed squaring of the clubface. Second, he focuses on developing in his students, the mental ability to repeat the fundamentals of the golf swing consistently. This is based on learning to have the proper thoughts in your head as you swing, accompanied by having the proper mental attitude towards creating a golf swing. A good golfer is created when a student accomplishes these two reasons and combines them with learning and applying proper on course strategies.
Kevin McKinley - PGA Assistant General Manager
Kevin McKinley is a 17-year member of the PGA of America and has worked in the golf industry for more than 20 years. He has won numerous special awards at the Chapter level, Section level, and National level through the PGA for his dedication to growing the game, serving the military through golf, serving PGA Members, and being a consummate professional. He currently serves as the Assistant General Manager for Treetops after working through the ranks of Assistant Golf Pro, Head Golf Pro, and Director of Golf.
Kevin believes wholeheartedly that golf is a game for everyone, and he is especially passionate about PGA initiatives such as PGA Junior League; Get Golf Ready; and Drive, Chip and Putt. His professional golf experience is deep, including helping a Golf Academy earn a Top 25 ranking. He continually works hard to improve not only his teaching but also his own game. Kevin focuses on building rapport with his students and takes great pride in seeing them improve their game.
Nick Lewis – PGA Apprentice Golf Professional
Nick Lewis is in his 4th season as an Assistant Golf Professional at Treetops. He has been active in the Junior Instructional programs at Treetops along with being a key instructor in our Ladies Golf School. His calm and cheerful demeanor puts students at ease and students can learn from his demonstrations given that he is an accomplished player. He led his PGA Junior League team to the championship in 2019 and will be back to coach again this season.