Player Development

Pokegama Golf Course is excited to welcome two veteran golf instructors to our staff. Mike Klabough, PGA Member, and Sheri Kirkpatrick, LPGA Teaching Professional. Please take a moment to read their bios below and then do yourself a favor and schedule a lesson.

Mike and Shari are truly exceptional golf instructors and both have years and years of in-the-trenches experience. Mr. Klabough will be here the entire season while Ms. Kirkpatrick will be available from mid June to early August.

There are many options to choose from in your quest to improve your game from private instruction to group instruction, clinics, on the course playing instruction, and more. 

New this year is the Business Golf Program. Make your own private group. Click HERE to learn more!

We also offer an extensive menu of Junior Golf Player Development options.  Click HERE to get to our Junior Golf information.

From beginner, to intermediate, to advanced player, our instructors can help you improve your game.


 Mike Klabough, PGA Professional

Mike Klabough, PGA Professional

Mike Klabough, PGA, will be offering clinics, group and private lessons at Pokegama Golf Course this summer.  Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching the game presented in a simple manner to help you improve and enjoy your golf game.  He learned from the Harmon (father Claude, the 1948 Masters Champion and sons Butch, Dick, Craig and Bill) family, considered the first family of golf.  Mike’s teaching method allows you to maximize your potential with designated drills to make things easier and can help with any aspect of your game including putting, short game (chipping, pitching, bunkers), full swing, trouble shots as well as course strategy and the mental side of the game.  If you would like to schedule or participate in any teaching program, please call the golf shop at 218-326-3444 or call Mike directly at 812-309-8877.

 

clinics with mike

Clinics will be held on Saturdays (starting May 12) from 11:00am to 12:15pm.  Registration is limited to the first 6. Cost: $20 per clinic.

 

“Putting”- Topics including “straight back and straight through” vs. “Arc” putting, which method works best for you, distance and direction control, how to read greens and games to make practice fun and beneficial will be addressed.  

“Pitching and Chipping”- Topics including the difference between the two, how and when to use each method, club selection based on the situation and once again, games to make practice fun and beneficial will be covered.

“Bunker Play”- Topics including technique, club selection, distance control, as well as buried and “fried egg” lies will be addressed.  As a bonus, fairway bunkers will be discussed.

“Full Swing”- Topics including proper grip, stance, posture and alignment as well as personalized full swing techniques.  The three full swing principles will be taught.

“Escaping Trouble”- Topics include how to hit it higher/lower than normal, curving the ball (left to right and right to left) and combining them (hitting it higher or lower and curving it).

“Slicer’s School”- Just as it sounds. If the ball curves (not intentionally) too far from you, this one is for you.

“Distance Quest”- If you are looking for a little more distance, this is a perfect session for you.  Topics will include increasing club head speed, increasing length of swing (if applicable), and some beneficial drills to help in gaining distance.

“Uphill, Downhill & Side Hill Lies”- The only guaranteed level lies are on the tee box.  This clinic will address all lies that are not flat. Topics will include set up changes, club selection and ball flight expectations.

Lesson Plus:
This is a 75-minute session for you and 3 friends to include individually based teaching in a less intimidating format.  Each participant will be videoed and taught based on his/her particular areas of improvement. The Lesson Plus can be booked at times of your convenience.  Cost- $30/person.

Private Lessons:
Private instruction is available at your convenience.  Sessions are 30-minutes and cost $40 for adults and $25 for juniors (17 and under).

Playing Lessons:
Playing lessons are available on a course availability schedule.  Rates are based upon time ($60/hour for adults, $40/hour for juniors).


 Sheri Kirkpatrick

Sheri Kirkpatrick

Hi!  My name is Sheri Kirkpatrick.  I grew up in Anoka Minnesota and have been fortunate to summer in the Remer area my whole life. I graduated from Anoka HS in 1983, and then moved to Arizona where I graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Math Education and currently reside.  I taught Math for a few years and then “retired” to raise 4 children….Ryan 27, Kyle 25, Austin 23, and Shelby 21.  

My family has always had a passion for the game of golf so it was natural for me to fall in love with the game as well.  I grew up playing a variety of sports but golf has always been a big part of my life.   After my kids were in school I decided to pursue a career in teaching golf.  

In 2007 I began my golf teaching journey with the LPGA and in 2010 completed my Class A certification. I am also TPI Certified Levels 1, 2, & Juniors and a SNAG certified instructor.  I currently teach at Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa, Arizona during the winter months, and for the past 5 years have taught at Ridgewood Golf Course in Longville in the summer months.

My passion is to grow the game of golf at all levels.  I offer a variety of options for my students including individual lessons, group lessons, clinics, playing lessons, etc.   I believe that golf is a game of many facets including the body(technique/physical aspects of the swing), mind(the psychological aspect), and the spirit(passion/drive to be better/social aspect).  I would love to help you discover and apply the aspects that will help you enjoy and play the game at your highest potential.

I love SO many things about this great game of golf,  but one of the things I love the most is that ANYONE can play…no matter what your level or age.  I am SO grateful and excited for the opportunity to meet and work with all of you here at Pokegama.  

- Sheri Kirkpatrick

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”
-Arnold Palmer

 

 

Interested in more information about lessons with Mike or Sheri? Contact us!