Instructional Staff | The Academy at The Canadian
Player Development Philosophies
- Golf skills are not taught. They are learned. A coach facilitates the process of learning and students must participate as much as possible.
- Instructional programs should be fun, informative and safe.
- There is no single, correct method of teaching.
- There is no single, correct method of learning.
- All people are unique and learn at different rates.
- Mistakes are a great way to learn. Without them, there is no obvious learning.
- The learning process is significantly enhanced through effective use of drills, training aids and video.
- The best players in the world do not consider swing mechanics when they are on the golf course. They merely follow their pre-established routines and react to their desired targets.
- Golf is the greatest game ever invented!
The Academy programs are tailored to improve the game of every player type. We offer...
- Ongoing Coaching
- Junior Clinics and Camps
- Ladies Group Clinics
- Pay as You Go Clinics
- Corporate Clinics and Team-Building
- Individual and Semi-private Lessons
- Lesson Packages including 3, 5 and 10 Lesson Pack
Need something beyond our current offerings - we are happy to work with you to satisfy your need!
Student - Instructor Relationship
At The Canadian golf Academy, we understand that not all students are the same. People learn differently, some like to use visual cues or assistance, others prefer explanations, and some prefer a combination of the two. Our instructors believe in the importance of truly understanding the learning techniques of every student - the better we understand our student, their tendencies and their goals - the better and more productive each learning session can be.
We also understand that there are a number of learning enviroments, including private, semi-private and group or clinic. We offer a variety of programs to fit any need, from junior to senior, from private to large groups - we can accommodate any request.
The Canadian boasts the finest practice facility in Eastern Ontario. Our driving range includes a one acre large grass tee deck, and 30 matted hitting stations to fit any requirement. Our range has large target greens at a variety of distances - and our range is more than long enough to accommodate drives up to 340 yards. We have two large practice green - a putting green with a variety of undulations to practice any putt, and a chipping green contoured to practice chips from a variety of lies and situations. We also have a large bunker complex where students can practice short or long bunker shots and enhance the quality of their sand play. Our practice facility is perfectly designed to enhance every aspect of our game.
To enhance your learning experience, we offer Flightscope technology at no extra cost. FlightScope X2 is the world’s first completely wireless, battery-operated, 3D Doppler tracking radar for golf. Our advanced ballistic flight analysis software displays the tracked golf ball throughout its entire trajectory including all golf swing data through and after impact.
FlightScope provides 24 measurements of ball and club head parameters.
The ball’s entire trajectory after it has been launched is also tracked, which means you have exceptionally comprehensive ball measurement information instantly available, helping you to improve your golf swing.
Our Team of Talented Professionals
Dale Trafford, Head Teaching Professional Canadian PGA
Dale is a Class ''A'' member of the Canadian PGA with 18 years teaching experience. Dale is a certified club fitter and has taught at many establishments in the Ottawa area. Included in this list is The Danielle Nadon Golf School, the OAC Winter Golf School, and as Head Professional of the Cedarhill Golf and Country Club. During his 6 years as a director for the Canadian PGA Ottawa zone, Dale served as Captain and Junior Golf Chairperson responsible for conducting the local Professional golf tour and the CPGA Ottawa Junior Challenge Tour.
Steve Hall, Associate Professional Canadian PGA
Born and raised in the Valley Steve got hooked on golf at the age of 13 as a Junior member at the Renfrew Golf Club. He started his career at Sand Point Golf Course as an assistant in 1981 and then went on to become 1st assistant at the Ottawa Hunt Club for the next five years. Steve has been a Head Golf Professional for over 25 years working at various clubs throught Ottawa and the Valley and is a member in good standing with the PGA of Canada.
Steve and his family spent 2 years in Antigua where he ran the golf operation for two winters. During his stay at Jolly Harbour Resort Steve had the opportunity to teach people from all over the world.
As a Golf Coach and Instructor he believes in fun practice that achieves real results. His lessons feature a range of drills, coupled with quality practice and goal oriented tasks to help challenge your ability.
Lee Tamburano, Director of Golf
Lee brings more than 21 years of experience in the golf industry in the Ottawa area. Lee is a club-fitting specialist and has been trained by major vendors like Callaway, Titleist, Ping, Mizuno & TaylorMade on how fit any golfer to the right equipment. His golf professional background represents years of experience working with individuals and in clinic environments helping players of all calibres to reach their golfing potential. Lee is available on the lesson tee as well as offering instruction in your corporate environment. Ask Lee about his "Frontload" approach to the golf swing, and learn more about this innovative technique.
Also available is the 2019 Complete Game Improvement Package - a complete development program including instruction, practice and playing lessons to help you play your best. Purchase one for yourself or the golfer in your life!