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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.

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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.
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Founder and owner

Hometown: Morganton, NC
Years Teaching: 30+
Education: Pfeiffer University
Year Founded 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 has been honored as LPGA National Teacher of the Year and has achieved LPGA Master Professional status. More about Dana Rader.

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Julie Cole
business Partner

Hometown: Findlay, OH
Years on LPGA tour: 7
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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Marc Lapointe

Marc Lapointe
director of instruction

Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Years Teaching: 11
Education: B.A. Business Management

                Coker College, SC
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2003

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

Marc has a diverse teaching background which started with instructing junior and new golfers, and has evolved into coaching aspiring collegiate golfers, competitive golfers, professional athletes, amateurs and several mini-tour golf professionals. While Marc enjoys teaching competitive golfers win their first tournament, make their high school team or obtain a college scholarship, he spends most of his time helping golfers break 100 for the first time.

Marc is the Tournament Director for the Ballantyne Junior Open that attracts top players from several states. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Marc was honored for his work with junior golfers by being named to U.S. Kids Golf Honorable Mention List of Top 50 Kids Teachers. After college, Marc worked as Assistant Golf Coach at Coker College, NCAA Division II.

Marc had a feature article published in Golf Digest’s August 2013 issue. His creative articles for Carolina golf Journal and Ballantyne Magazine offer great golf tips for golfers of all levels, and also attract non-golfers. He has brought an international flair to the Dana Rader staff. He is fluent in French and has been a hit with the Canadian and European students. While he teaches students at all levels of the game, he understands the importance of fundamentals and incorporates them well into his instruction.

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Nancy Harvey

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.

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Doug Breuer

Doug Breuer
master instructor

Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Years teaching: 20+
Education: B.S. Marketing
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                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. 

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Molly Tullar

MOLLY TULLAR                                      
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.

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Andrew Kiger Andrew Kiger
certified Instructor

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Years Teaching: 9

Lessons Taught: over 12,000

Education: Masters and Bachelors of Business Administration
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                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)**

Off Season Lesson Series - $280 (4 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.

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Hometown: Wake Forest, North Carolina


Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2014

Carson’s enthusiasm for instruction began early, through years of teaching, mentoring, and coaching youth at summer camps and later where he was the principal instructional lead with the Robins Junior Program at Independence Golf Club in Virginia.

Carson’s teaching philosophy is centered on playing golf and improving score. With a strong playing background, he has learned that solid fundamentals paired with a calm, focused mental state can bring success and consistency under pressure.

Carson is very effective with “on-course” instruction. He likes to encourage his students to consider instruction on the golf course as often as possible in order to gain true fairway experience and course management strategies. From there he is able to develop personalized mental exercises and practice plans that maximize potential.

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Carson took a keen interest in the physics of golf early on. Club specifications all become variables in an ever-changing mathematical equation unique to each individual. A passion for working to fit each of these variables to every individual golf swing is a passion that complements Carson’s instructional abilities.

• Hourly Instruction Rate: $90
• Standard Lesson Series - $280/$480 (4 or 8 1-hour private lessons)**

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Stan Roach

STAN ROACH                                            

Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 1997

  • Class A Professional Clubmakers Society
  • Gollf Digest America's 100 Best Clubfitters
  • Ping Top 100 Regional Club Fitter of the year '03, '09, '11, '13
  • Advanced Member of Golf Club Makers Assoc.
  • Irons & Hybrids: $90
  • Driver & Woods: $90
  • Entire Set (includes Driver, Woods, Hybrids, Irons, Wedges & Putter): $150

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* Note: Any 2013 off-season lessons not taken by February 28, 2014 will require an additional payment if rates increase.
** 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