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Bowes Creek Golf Academy

Bowes Creek Golf Academy – BCGA offers Individualized Instruction by PGA Trained Professionals for players at every level. Staff is meticulous about addressing all aspects of your game: full swing dynamics, short game, putting, course management, and the mental game. Our programs are designed for individuals, junior golfers, couples and small groups who desire to become better players and golf’s players of the future. You will receive a complete analysis of your game and a straightforward plan tailored to achieve your personal goals. We utilize a professional, but relaxed teaching approach with the latest technology to ensure your success on and off the lesson tee.

Custom Individual Instruction – $55 / ½ hour (or) $100 / hour
Let us know what you want to focus on and we will concentrate on improving that aspect of your game. Computer swing analysis is used at no charge to further enhance your learning. Please call (847) 214-5880 for availability.
Annual All-Inclusive Instruction – $995 per season
Customized, individual instruction for the entire golf season! Valid April 15th through November 15th. Computerized video analysis included as determined by the Golf Professional. A minimum of 8 hours of instruction is required of the student. The number of lessons will vary with student’s availability and the scheduling of lessons as determined by instructor. Please call (847) 214-5880 for availability.

Short Game Clinics – $80 - AP-250
This class is 2 hours in length. With 65% of your score coming from 120 yards and in, this course is geared towards lowering your scores through a proficient short game. You’ll come away from this class with a tremendous improvement of the shots that matter most for your score! Pitching, chipping and putting will be the focus. Please call John Esposito at 708-404-4318.

On Course Playing Lesson – $150 - OC-100
This class is for the intermediate to advanced golfer. Previous instruction with BCGA staff required. We will be discussing all aspects of course management. This one-on-one instruction will teach you how to play to your strengths, as well as truly understand how a professional thinks their way around the course. With an improvement in your course management, you can expect to shave a few more strokes off the handicap. Please call (847) 214-5880 for availability.

Free Monday Clinics – FREE - FC-350
Clinics will cover all aspects of the game. Registration required, please call the Pro Shop at 847-214-5880 to sign up.
May 4, 18: Short Game  4:30 pm – 5:20 pm (Chipping, putting and sand play)
June 1, 15: Full Swing  4:30 pm – 5:20 pm (Irons)
July 6, 20: Full Swing  4:30 pm – 5:20 pm (Driver with woods)
Bowes Creek Tiny Tots Golf – $60 - JG-100
A 50 minute long program that combines balance drills, fitness, throwing skills and golf games. Each class will have exercise programs for the first 25 minutes, then a small healthy snack time and then 25 minutes of golf play time. Special training equipment called SNAG is used in the class and is provided. No regular golf clubs or balls are used in this class. An adult must accompany each tot. Registration begins after April 15th. All attempts will be made to reschedule rain dates, if needed. Please call (847) 214-5880 for availability.

Age: minimum of 4 years old – maximum of 6 years old

Session 1 (Mondays) 9:30 am – 10:20 am June 8, 15, 22, 29
Session 2 (Mondays) 10:30 am – 11:20 am June 8, 15, 22, 29
Session 3 (Wednesdays) 9:30 am – 10:20 am June 17, 24 and July 1, 8
Session 4 (Wednesdays) 10:30 am – 11:20 am June 17, 24 and July 1, 8
Session 5 (Wednesdays) 9:30 am – 10:20 am July 22, 29 and August 5, 12
Session 6 (Wednesdays) 10:30 am – 11:20 am July 22, 29 and August 5, 12

US Kids Development Program – $119 - JG-200
A five week long program, one (1) hour per week commitment to learning the game and having fun! This learning program has three levels and each one is progressively more technical. Areas that are taught and tested are Putting, Around the Green, Full Swing, Knowledge and Scoring Achievements on the course. Each student receives a hat and must achieve a checkpoint achievement pin in all the core testing areas before they move onto the next level. This program develops players to play in the US Kids local tournament program and well as IJGA events. New this year is level 4. Level 4 are students that have completed the three levels; but want to continue with the format to improve basic skills.

Age: 7-12 yrs.

Session 1 (Tuesdays) 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm – Level 4/5 May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9
Session 2 (Wednesdays) 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Level 1 May 13, 20, 27 June 3, 10
Session 3 (Wednesdays) 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Level 2/3 May 13, 20, 27 June 3, 10
Session 4 (Tuesdays) 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Level 1 June 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7
Session 5 (Tuesdays) 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Level 1 June 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7
Session 6 (Tuesdays) 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Level 2/3 June 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14
Session 7 (Tuesdays) 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm – Level 4/5 June 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14
Session 8 (Wednesdays) 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Level 1 July 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12
Session 9 (Wednesdays) 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Level 2/3 July 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12
Session 10 (Tuesdays) 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Level 2/3 Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Session 11 (Tuesdays) 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm – Level 4/5 Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Parent-Child Clinics – $100 per parent/child - PC-100
This is an innovative and interactive class that allows for the parents and kids to help each other learn under the watchful eye of the golf professional. Nearly 50 minutes of instruction beginning at 5:30 pm will be followed by 6 or 9 holes of golf depending on the age of the student. Each class will focus on a different element of the game from swing dynamics, trick shots, short game, course rules and etiquette. This three-week program at 1 day per week allows a great opportunityfor parents to learn from their children! Parents can switch from week to week. 3 hours of instruction with PGA trained and experienced instructors, 6 hours of golf at Bowes Creek Country Club. Please call (847) 214-5880 for availability.

Age: 7-13 yrs.

Session 1 (Mondays) 5:30 pm -6:20 pm June 1, 8, 15
Session 2 (Mondays) 5:30 pm -6:20 pm July 6, 13, 20
Session 3 (Mondays) 5:30 pm -6:20 pm August 3, 10, 17

PGA Junior League – $300 - JRL-400
Kids learn to play the game in a fun but competitive atmosphere. Six week long season that includes two practices per week, on course learning and team competition verses other golf course teams. Travel required. Each Player will receive a team jersey. Practice dates will be either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday depending on the team selection. Practice will be late evening but is subject to change.

Fourteen (14) players per team maximum. Coaches will be assigned based on participation/entries at pgajrleague.com. Sign up at pgajrleague.com.

Team 1: Bowes Creek #1 Coach Lehman
Team 2: Highlands #1 Coach Vogt
Team 3: Bowes Creek #2 Coach McCullum
Team 4: Highlands #1 Coach Madej
Team 5: 13-16 year old Coach Esposito

Meet the Instructors

John Esposito

John Esposito

PGA Professional

John Esposito is our Director of Instruction and a Class A PGA Professional. He comes to Bowes Creek with over 30 years of teaching experience. In the last 5 years he’s had 24 of his students win their club championships! He’s also been nominated for Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year twelve times, most recently in 2018. Additionally, his skill as an accomplished player win help all levels of students understand the process of improvement.

John uses the latest in video technology and an assortment of teaching aids that allow the student to better understand, as well as feel the correct movements needed. You’ll also be taught one of golf’s most important lessons… how to properly practice.

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Mike Lehman

Mike Lehman

PGA Professional

Mike Lehman is the Director of Golf at Bowes Creek Country Club. He participated in the Bowes Creek Country Club Development as an owners’ representative for the City of Elgin and is responsible for all elements of its business success. He has been the Director of Golf Operations at the City of Elgin for the past 19 years and he oversees The Highlands and Wing Park golf courses.

Mike is an accomplished player and PGA professional. He was a member of the University of Illinois golf team as well as two State Champion runner-up teams with St Edward High School in Elgin. He has been instructing Collegiate and High School players since the mid 1980’s. Mike’s personal philosophy is to have fun with his students but, requires commitment and attention to detail to create a technically sound golf game!

Ron Madej

Ron Madej

Assistant Golf Professional

Ron Madej has been the Assistant Golf Professional at the Highlands of Elgin for the past five years. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Ron attended Bellevue University where he played baseball and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2005. His commitment to athletics and training has been life long, and as the Assistant Professional at the Highlands, he utilized those strengths by teaching a variety group programs, as well as providing individualized golf instruction for many adult and youth golfers. He understands what it takes to compete at a professional level in sports. He uses technology, current and past teaching methods to help his students perform to the best of their ability. Ron believes that fundamentals, fitness and focus will lead to a solid golf game.

1250 Bowes Creek Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60124  |  847-214-5880