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Dana Rader has assembled an award-winning team of teaching professionals who make it their mission to be continuous learners and outstanding teachers. Many of the staff have worked with Dana for many years, and have a consistent approach in both schools and private lessons. Our Master Instructors have over 7 years of experience teaching Dana Rader’s system while our Certified Instructors have less than 7 years of working with Dana, having spent thousands of hours in research and training with Dana and her Master Instructors.

From beginners to single-digit handicappers, we offer a variety of private lesson programs. Your golf instructor will provide a plan and suggest a program that will assist you in achieving your golf goals. Our programs include:

  • One-hour private lessons and semi-private lessons
  • Lesson Series: Four (4) or Eight (8) 1-hour lessons with video analysis;
  • Playing lesson with expert instruction for two or more hours on The Golf Club at Ballantyne golf course;
  • Annual Program: a popular year round program that includes 12 hours of private golf instruction and practice privileges at the Dana Rader Golf School. Click here for full details.
Our Staff Members
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Dana Rader

Founder and owner

Hometown: Morganton, NC
Years Teaching: 30 +
Education: Pfeiffer University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 1986

  • LPGA Master Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $175
  • (4) 1-Hour Lesson Series: $540

The School’s Founder, Dana Rader, is a nationally recognized leader in the golf industry named by Golf Digest as one of America’s 50 Greatest Teachers, is consistently ranked as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor and currently serves as LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National President. She is a Golf Channel Academy Charter Lead Coach, has been honored as LPGA National Teacher of the Year and she has achieved LPGA Master Professional status.


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Julie Cole

Business Partner

Hometown: Findlay, OH
Years Teaching: 20+
Education: B.S.E.D. Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 1991

  • LPGA Class A
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $125
  • Standard Lesson Series - $420/$760 (4 or 8 1-hour private lessons)**

Before making teaching a career, Julie played professionally on the Futures, European, Asian and LPGA Tour, winning 12 tournaments worldwide.  In addition to her outstanding playing credentials, she has excelled in her teaching. She has been named to the prestigious list of Golf For Women Magazine’s Top 50 Teachers, Golf Digest Top 17 Teachers, and Golf Magazine’s Top 475 Teachers Nationwide. She has been twice voted by her peers as LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year. In 2010, she was elected into the Ohio University Sports Hall of Fame for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Julie has shown her leadership in the golf industry by serving as an LPGA National Evaluator and instructor for LPGA Practical Teaching Workshops. She contributes her time to the 25th Annual Julie Cole Charity Pro-Am in Findlay, OH, and serves as the Site Director for LPGA *USGA Girls Golf of Charlotte, NC.


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Nancy Harvey

Master Instructor

Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Years Teaching: 14
Education: B.S. Engineering - Syracuse University, NY
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2005

  • LPGA Class A Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110
  • Standard Lesson Series - $360/$640 (4 or 8 1-hour private lessons)**

Nancy combines an excellent technical eye for golf swing analysis with a simple, easy to comprehend approach to instruction.  Her other instruction strengths can be summarized in the areas of error detection and correction, progression planning, and being results oriented.  Nancy joined the Dana Rader Golf School staff after teaching for the Golf Digest Schools at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  Her teaching experience also includes being a certified instructor for the Nick Faldo Golf Institute.  Nancy is the former Director of Instruction at Hickory Hill Golf Club in her native Baldwinsville, NY, where she developed players of all ages and abilities through sound fundamentals and in-swing correction.  Her staff experience also includes the historic Inverness Club in Toledo, OH. Nancy was honored by PGA of America by being named to Play Golf America’s Top 100 Performers in 2010.

Contact Nancy at: nharvey@danarader.com


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Doug Breuer

Master Instructor

Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Years Teaching: 20 +
Education: B.S. Marketing, Professional Golf Management - Ferris State (MI) University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2006

  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110
  • Standard Lesson Series - $360/$640 (4 or 8 1-hour private lessons)**

Doug’s enthusiasm for the game and teaching is contagious and his knowledge of the game in all areas makes it fun for all his students, regardless of their age or skill level. He is very interested in improving your short game and putting along with his positive approach to full swing instruction.  Doug joined the Dana Rader Golf School in 2006 after teaching 13 years at Michael Hebron’s Golf School in Smithtown, NY.  He is a former teaching professional and Director of Instruction at Island Green Golf School in Selden, NY and the former Head Pro at Smithtown Landing Country Club. Doug was named in Consumers Research Council of America Guide to America’s Top Golf Instructors in 2002.

Contact Doug at: dbreuer@danarader.com


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Molly Tullar Braid

Director of Junior Golf - Certified Instructor

Hometown: Orford, New Hampshire
Years Teaching: 6
Education: B.S. Exercise Science & Sports Medicine - Pfeiffer University, NC
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2008

  • LPGA Class A Professional
  • PGA Class A Professional
  • TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $100
  • Standard Lesson Series - $320/$560 (4 or 8 1-hour private lessons)**

Molly brings exceptional patience and enthusiasm on the lesson tee along with an unwavering commitment to the success of her students. Her thorough knowledge of the fundamentals for creating a consistent, repeatable swing as well as her ability to communicate that knowledge in a simple, effective manner is highly valuable with beginner, intermediate, and junior golfers of all ages. In 2011, 2012 & 2013, Molly was honored for her work with junior golfers by being named to U.S. Kids Golf Honorable Mention List of Top 50 Kids Teachers. Molly has furthered her Body Swing Connection knowledge by becoming TPI Certified. Molly attended Pfeiffer University where she was a former member and captain of their Nationally Ranked Golf Team.  Molly joined Dana Rader Golf School in 2008 as Dana’s Teaching Assistant where she learned her teaching methodology and philosophy which stresses the fundamentals of golf and working with the unique needs of each individual.

Contact Molly at: mtullarbraid@danarader.com

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2010 & 2011 Top 50 Honorable Mention

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TPI Certified


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Andrew Kiger

Certified Instructor

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Years Teaching: 9
Education: Masters and Bachelors of Business Administration, Professional Golf Management - Campbell University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2011

  • "Get Golf Ready" and "New To Golf" Program Director
  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $100
  • Standard Lesson Series - $320/$560 (4 or 8 1-hour private lessons)**

Whether you are a beginner, junior, intermediate or an advanced golfer, Andrew has the knowledge and the abilities to help you enjoy the game and play better golf. Through his teaching experiences, Andrew has found that a strong fundamentally sound technique must be combined with an exceptional mental approach that involves learning and practicing the skills necessary for success. Prior to joining the Dana Rader Golf School, Andrew was the Director of Instruction at Riverwood and Hedingham Golf Clubs near Raleigh, NC where he directed golf schools, junior camps, clinics, and private instruction. Certified by the Flightscope Academy, he is an expert in technology such as 3D Tracking Radar (helps show exactly what is happening at impact to both the ball and the clubhead) and the D-plane. Andrew uses a high speed 240 frames per second camera in combination with V1 video analysis software to highlight areas of improvement.

He also has over 9 years of professional teaching experience, and has taught over 12,000 lessons. Andrew has both a Masters and Bachelors of Business degree from Campbell University where he studied under his mentor, PGA Teaching Professional David Orr (Director of Instruction at Campbell University, and Justin Rose’s short game coach). Andrew is certified as a Golf Machine Instructor, Andrew’s philosophy of teaching is based on a foundation of physics, geometry, and biomechanics and he believes that the game can be made simple and easy to understand. Above all else, he is passionate about the game and the students he serves.

Contact Andrew at: akiger@danarader.com


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Stan Roach

Clubfitting Specialist and Repair

Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Education: BSBA Marketing - Western Carolina University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 1997

  • Class A Professional Clubmakers Society
  • Golf Digest America's 100 Best Clubfitters
  • Ping Top 100 Regional Club Fitter of the year '03, '09, '11, '13, '14
  • Advanced Member of Golf Club Makers Assoc.
  • Club Fitting Rates: Irons & Hybrids: $100, Driver & Woods: $100
  • "Full Bag" Entire Set (includes Driver, Woods, Hybrids, Irons, Wedges & Putter): $175 --Full Bag Fitting done in two, 1-hour sessions.

Contact Stan at: sroach@danarader.com 

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Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters in America


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Steve Bogdanoff

Certified Instructor

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Years Teaching: 6
Education: Coastal Carolina University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2015

  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Professional Golf Management from Coastal Carolina University.
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $90
  • (4) 1-Hour Lesson Series: $280
  • (8) 1-Hour Lesson Series $480

Steve is a PGA Class A Professional, with a B.S. in Business Administration and Professional Golf Management from Coastal Carolina University.

A native of Fairfax, Virginia, he’s been teaching for 6 years and comes to us after working as an Assistant Professional at private facilities in Washington, DC, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, SC.

Steve brings his positive attitude and simple approach to the golf swing to the lesson tee, and is also certified for club fitting and repair.


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Jon Meyers

Teaching Professional

Hometown: Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Years Teaching: 15
Education: Lenoir-Rhyne University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2015

  • Holds a B.S. in History from Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $90
  • (4) 1-Hour Lesson Series: $280
  • (8) 1-Hour Lesson Series: $480

With over fifteen years of private club teaching experience, Jon’s style is a blend of three amazing PGA/LPGA Master Professionals: Dana Rader, Bruce Sudderth (Gaston CC) and Bill Hall (Charlotte CC). Early detection is common to all three and the importance of that nuance was not lost on Jon. Continued learning is extremely important and only adds to the lesson or club fitting experience.  Meyers began his golf career at Castle Pines in Colorado, home of now extinct “International Tournament”. Yes, the milk shakes really are that good.

Short game skills are a crucial element of Jon’s teaching philosophy; they definitely will be discussed and each student is continually encouraged to improve. Both Jon’s passion for the game of golf and communication skills are evident when he works with a student, whether they are juniors, ladies, or men. All abilities are welcome: beginner, advanced or somewhere in the middle.  Jon is also certified for club fitting and repair.

Jon was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, but has lived in several places: Colorado, Connecticut, England and North Carolina. Charlotte holds the honor for the longest single residence and where his son was born. Other passions include skiing, mountain biking and tennis (former professional). Jon is looking forward to seeing you on the lesson tee!


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Brittany Beltran Cross

Teaching and Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Fremont, CA
Education: Sports Management - Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, NC
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2010

  • A two-time “Athlete of the Year” award winner at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC

Brittany Beltran Cross grew up playing junior golf in Northern California from the age of 14. Throughout high school she volunteered for, and came up through The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. While at The First Tee she assisted with various golf programs and it was there that she realized her love for teaching junior golf. After playing competitive golf in high school, she then went on to play collegiate golf for Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC where she graduated in 2009 with a degree in sports management. Brittany chalked up numerous wins for the golf team, and was a two-time “Athlete of the Year” award winner.

Rather than pursuing a professional playing career, Brittany’s heart is set on working in golf; especially junior golf. Her love for the game is truly evident when working with our junior golfers—and our students agree! Brittany’s philosophy is to imbue skills such as sportsmanship, focus, and discipline, that will not only benefit young golfers on the course, but that translate in life as well. Brittany is a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor, and she assists with camps, clinics and the USGA*LPGA Girls Golf program.


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Elizabeth Belote

Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Education: B.S. Hospitality Management. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2015

Elizabeth has focused on building her career in luxury brands and comes to us after working in Food and Beverage at The Four Seasons Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, and Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA. Elizabeth strives to consistently deliver guest satisfaction. Her knowledge and expertise in managing guest reservation systems, creating manuals, executing events and resolving guest issues with courtesy and efficiency are welcome traits as the golf school grows exponentially with our Golf Channel partnership.

Elizabeth moved to Charlotte in April of 2015 with her husband, Brandon, who was relocated for work. They are both looking forward to exploring the area and hiking the NC Mountains.


* Note: Any 2014 Off Season lessons not taken by February 28, 2015 will require an additional payment to match 2015 In-Season rates.
** Our standard lesson series expires one-year from the purchase date.

Advanced reservations are required for individual instruction and club fitting appointments. Reservations not canceled 24 hours prior will be charged the full rate.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact us at (704) 542-7635.

What Our Students Say…

Thank you so much Dana for helping to improve my game. What a tremendous school of fundamentals and bolstering of confidence with your positive critiques.

- Marianne

Julie, I wanted you to know how much your instruction and the short game school improved my skill level. My wedges are getting me closer to the hole and my putting has greatly improved.

- Tim Duke

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