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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

LPGA Master Professional

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

LPGA Class A professional

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

  • 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 Annual Julie Cole Charity Pro-Am in Findlay, OH, which just celebrated its 25th year. Julie also serves as the Site Director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Charlotte, NC.

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Nancy Harvey

Nancy Harvey
Master instructor

LPGA Class A Professional

Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Years teaching: 14
Education: B.S. Engineering

                Syracuse University, NY
Year Joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2005

  • 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. She excels 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

PGA Class A Professional

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

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

Doug's enthusiasm for the game and for teaching is contagious and his knowledge of the game in all areas makes learning fun for all his students, regardless of their age or skill level. Doug joined the Dana Rader Golf School in 2006 after teaching for 13 years at Michael Hebron's Golf School in Smithtown, NY. Doug 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.

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Molly Tullar

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Certified Instructor

director of Junior Golf

LPGA Class A Professional
PGA Class A Professional

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

  • 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 to 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 and 2014, 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 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

"Get Golf Ready" and "New To Golf" Program Director

PGA Class A Professional

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

• 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 was honored in 2014 for his work with junior golfers by being named to U.S. Kids Golf Honorable Mention List of Top 50 Kids Teachers.

Andrew has over 9 years of professional teaching experience, and has taught over 12,000 lessons. He studied under his mentor, PGA Teaching Professional David Orr (Director of Instruction at Campbell University, and Justin Rose's short game coach).

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Stan Roach


Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Education: Western Carolina University             
BSBA Marketing

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.
  • Club Fitting Rates:
  • Irons & Hybrids: $90
  • Driver & Woods: $90
  • "Full Bag" Entire Set (includes Driver, Woods, Hybrids, Irons, Wedges & Putter): $150
  • Full Bag Fitting is done in two, 1-hour sessions.

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* 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