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Mike Malaska’s knowledge of the golf swing, as well as his expertise at incorporating physical fitness programs and the ability to physically analyze the body his golf instruction, has made him by far one of the world’s most recognized instructors of the game today. 

Mike’s career has spanned over 50 years of first playing experience which evolved into teaching.

He has received the highest honor of PGA National Teacher of The Year in 2011. Mike wrote “I Feel Your Pain” in 2013 and is proud to announce the new release of this 2nd book entitled, “The Invisible Swing” in November of 2018. Mike produced his own DVD, You Are Your Own Swing, featuring 2 ½ hours of both golf and fitness instruction in 2004.

In November 2016, Mike released a world-renowned website, with over 6 million views of his YouTube Videos and over 3,000 full time memberships.  The website has become a frontrunner in online golf learning. 

In 2010 he was selected for PGA Southwest Section Teacher of The Year and went on to be named The National PGA Teacher of the Year In 2011. In 2017 Mike was honored to receive once again, the PGA Southwest Section Teacher of The Year Award for a second time.

Since 2000, Mike has ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s Top 50 Greatest Teachers, and currently listed in the top 20 in the nation.  Mike has also been selected as Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America every year from 1995 to 2017.  Since 2012 when the Golf Range Association of America started their list of award winners, Mike has been one of the top 50 on that list for his contribution to growing the game of golf.  This award called Growth of The Game Teachers in America is yet another of his accomplishments. In 2017 he was voted the Top Teacher in Arizona by Arizona FoothillsMagazine.

A graduate of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Mike was a college All American in 1974. He was then inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in February 1999 and into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. In September, 2013 Mike was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to the University and his community. Mike is currently the Director of Instruction for the Nicklaus Academies Worldwide, Superstition Mountain Country Club, and Las Sendas Golf Club in Arizona, and a member of the National Advisory Board for TaylorMade Golf since 2002. He has been a summertime guest instructor for the prestigious Maroon Creek Golf Club in Aspen, Colorado in 2017 and 2018.

Mike became the Vice President of GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness a National Franchise with over 70 golf courses and 100+ fitness centers throughout the U.S. in 2016.

As Director of Instruction for the Jack Nicklaus Golf Centers in Japan from 1992 to 1995, Mike was featured in Golf Digest Japan and was nominated for Japan’s Teacher of the Year in 1993. Then in 1996 he received Teacher of the Year for the Utah PGA Section.

Mike worked alongside Jim Flick with the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools from 1991 through 2002.                        

In 2003, he was the lead instructor with the TaylorMade/ESPN and Jim Flick Golf Schools.

Mike has worked with hundreds of corporations such as Lexus, American Express, Visa, Fidelity Investment, Merrill Lynch, and many others. Mike’s students have included numerous PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour Players, many celebrities, as well as prominent political figures throughout the world.
As the continuing Director of Instruction for Nicklaus Academies Worldwide, Mike instructs the teachers at each of the centers around the globe. He continues to be a guest lecturer at countless corporate functions, PGA Section Seminars, PGA National Coaching and Teaching Summits, and as a guest speaker for the World Golf Fitness Summit in 2012. He has appeared numerous times on The Golf Channel as a guest instructor.

Mike’s knowledge of the golf game has been featured in numerous publications. His articles have been the Cover Stories for Golf Magazine several times and hundreds of times for Golf Digest to PGA of America and other publications.

Mike’s incredible desire to understand and perfect the golf game has continued to make him an outstanding player as well as an instructor. Mike still has an outstanding game and has qualified for and competed in numerous National PGA and Champions Tour events, including the 1988, 2009, 2010, and 2012 and the 1982 and 1986 U.S. Opens. He also played the Asian Golf Tour for 2 years.

Malaska’s philosophy is simple…. “There is no individual that is willing to practice, no matter what their physical limitations are, that I cannot teach to achieve their highest potential in the game of golf.”

Whether you’re correcting a few flaws in your swing or completely overhauling your entire game, private golf instruction at the Las Sendas Golf Academy is the ideal way to realize your goals. We offer a multitude of programs specifically designed for golfers of all ages! Our ability to hone in on the key elements of your game, customize an instruction program suited for you and monitor your progress along the way lies at the heart of our successful golf instruction philosophy.


Whether you’re correcting a few flaws in your swing or completely overhauling your entire game, private golf instruction at the Las Sendas Golf Academy is the ideal way to realize your goals. We offer a multitude of programs specifically designed for golfers of all ages! Our ability to hone in on the key elements of your game, customize an instruction program suited for you and monitor your progress along the way lies at the heart of our successful golf instruction philosophy.

Playing Lessons

With on course playing lessons accompanied by instruction from the Las Sendas Golf Academy, you’ll not only learn the fundamentals of golf, but, you’ll learn how to play the game. It’s a fact, golfers play differently when they are on the range versus on the course. Playing lessons with an LSGA instructor, allows you to see live situations and provide the right instruction to help you play better and also strategically think through the round.

Features include:

  • Understanding of your goals
  • Warm-up
  • 9 holes with the instructor of your choice

With playing lessons from the Las Sendas Golf Academy, you’ll learn to minimize mental errors, play to your strengths along with other valuable skills that you can apply to any golf experience. Understanding the many graduations of strategy and course management is an art form that we learned through a lifetime of competition on the highest level as well as through our many years of instruction. 

Golf School

The Las Sendas Golf Academy embraces a personalized, comprehensive set of programs, complete with full swing instruction and short game skills. With instant video feedback, your lessons will provide a clear understanding of what you need to do for immediate improvement.Features:

  • Comprehensive full swing and short game instruction
  • Video Analysis and swing review
  • Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Sand (Short Game)
  • Personal improvement drills and practice plan
  • Development of a consistent pre-shot routine
  • On course play

Private Groups

The Las Sendas Golf Academy events provide the perfect setting to build upon relationships. Whether you are looking to strengthen client relations…or just reward employees, private golf events with LSGA instruction is a perfect strategy for business owners.

Let the Las Sendas Golf Academy staff create a golf experience that fits your needs:

  • Entertain and thank your clients
  • Network with potential clients
  • Conduct a Team Building event
  • Motivate and reward your sales team
  • Train employees on how to use golf as a business tool
  • Raise additional revenue at your golf outing
  • Add an interactive element to your conference

The LSGA staff would be happy to design a customized private golf group event for your company with your golf, business goals, and budget in mind.

Junior Golf Sticks Program

  • Do you know how may golf scholarships go unused every year?
  • Do you want to get your children started in golf?
  • Is it time to prepare your junior for high school golf or competitive golf?
  • Do you need some family time and want to have fun with a golf outing?

The Las Sendas Golf Academy offers a developmental approach to the game. We stair-step our lessons to match the skill levels as the junior golfer becomes more experienced. The goal of our junior golf programs are to not only develop the fundamental skills of the golf swing, but to also teach each player the characteristics that will make them champions in life. Most importantly, create a love for the game.
Our programs teach the basic fundamentals of the game including full swing, short game, putting, golf course etiquette, rules of the game and on course play. Ages of students range from 5 to 15 years of age. Juniors are grouped according to age, gender and skills level. 

We provide instruction on the game of golf to your young golfer in a fun and creative learning environment. We have a team which include PGA and LPGA Teaching Professionals who take pride in providing superior junior golf lessons in a fun environment.

There are 16 group golf sessions starting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Each session is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Las Sendas Golf Course. Sessions are offered starting at $23.00 each. 

Registration forms are also available in the Las Sendas Golf Shop or by emailing Payment is due upon registration. Registration forms and payment should be submitted to Tracy Berman at the Las Sendas Golf Shop. Click below to register for the 2022 Junior Golf Sticks Program.

2022 Junior Golf Sticks Program Registration

Group Lessons for Beginners

Are you interested in taking up golf?
Maybe you’ve played in the past and you’re looking for a refresher course?
These Golf 101 classes are for you!

Join Tracy Berman, LPGA Teaching Professional for a 6 week session.  You will learn the basics of golf, including etiquette, putting, chipping and full swing basics.

Cost is $225 per person
Personally designed for your group
Minimum 4 people per group

Register by contacting:
Tracy Berman
Call or text 602-920-8208

Meet Our Instructors & View Their Rates

Tracy Berman
LPGA Teaching Professional
Class A

Tracy promotes and maintains the true spirit of the
game of golf to all levels of golfers. She is truly
dedicated to the well-being and improvement of the
student’s golf game to help them achieve a greater
enjoyment of the game.

Tracy joined the LPGA – Teaching and Club Professionals Division in 2005 and is a
Class A Member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division. She is
currently a Teaching Professional at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
Have you every heard of the expression “do what you love?” Teaching golf is my
passion and contributes to my ability to inspire, motivate and encourage people of all

If you are starting out, I help make your experience easy and fun. In an uncomplicated
manner, I will help you understand the basic golf swing fundamentals and components
of proper technique.

If you are looking to improve your game, I don’t try and re-invent you, but will refine you
and your game. More specifically, I relate the dynamics of the golf swing in an
understandable manner and I explain how the fundamentals apply to your golf swing.
I keep the learning simple and fun and assess the student’s overall goals, golf
experience, physical capabilities and learning styles. I ensure that the student feels at
ease by a friendly approach and keeping my lessons simple. I assess each student and
teach the student in a way he/she will understand. My approach to instruction is to put
golfers – like you – first.

Education and Credentials
LPGA Teaching Professional, Class A
LPGA National Education Teaching Series
PGA Certified Putting Instructor
Positive Coach’s Alliance Certified
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
U.S.Kids Certified Instructor
Manuel de la Torres Seminars (PGA Golf Instructor/Professional Hall of Fame)
University of Alberta, Human Resources Management

Tracy Berman
Class A LPGA Professional 
Phone: 1(602)920-8208

James Contreras
PGA Teaching Professional
Class A

As an accomplished player, James will share
with you how to take your game to the next level.

As an Arizona native James’s passion for golf began in junior golf. He played high
school and college golf before turning Professional after graduating from Arizona State
University in 1987. While working at Camelback Golf Club as an assistant professional,
James started their first junior program. After becoming a Professional Golfer’s
Association (PGA) Class A Member in 1992, he started instructing full time teaching
students in golf schools and corporate outings. In 1996 he found a summer teaching
position in Alaska, and to this day continues to teach golf each summer there.
James has been a Teaching Professional at Las Sendas Golf Club since 2002 providing
instruction for all types of players from beginners to professionals. Programs for
members, individuals, juniors, clinics, groups, corporate, and golf schools.
James provides individual analysis and works to make each students swing work best
for them.

Education and Credentials
Class A Member PGA of America
1991 Assistant Professional Champion SWSPGA
2000 PGA Tour Phoenix Open Participant
President Alaska Junior Golf Association
Former First Tee Coach

James Contreras
Class A PGA Professional 
Phone: 1(480) 275-0093 

David Huffman
PGA Teaching Professional
Jack Nicklaus Certified Instructor

David’s passion for the game of golf and coaching shines through to his students.
He has worked with students from all over the world while here with us at Las Sendas;
And they continue to seek out his tutelage here in Arizona.

A very dedicated Instructor, David enjoys success helping golfers
improve and enjoy their games more.

I have been very fortunate to both play this game professionally and to
coach this game at a high level. The game has allowed me to travel
the world, seeing 38 countries and to meet so many terrific people along the way.
I competed internationally as a junior both in golf and tennis,
competed for Clemson University and competed worldwide as a
touring professional. As a player, my competitive background
includes tennis at a high level in addition to my golf. I played
over 8 years of professional golf and enjoyed 4 wins.
I’ve been fortunate to hold or have held course records at 5
golf course including a low Professional round of 61 at Rand Park GC
in Johannesburg, South Africa.
As an Instructor I’ve  been fortunate to have trained with and under
three very recognized Golf Instructors. In South Africa I spent a
year under the guidance of Martin Whitcher, RSA Instructor of the
Year. Iin South Carolina I worked under the guidance of PGA
“Carolinas Section” Instructor of the Year, Mike Schroder, and
for the past 17 years under the tutelage of 2011 PGA National
Instructor of the Year, Mike Malaska. I try to utilize those experiences
both as a tournament golfer and as a student of the game to develop
my coaching skills.
I’ve been fortunate as a coach to work with golfers of all ages and
levels and enjoy the process with each student. The groups that
we’ve started at Las Sendas have been terrific fun. I have also been
fortunate to train instructors with GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness
in Sioux Falls, South Dakota the past two summers. The experience
coaching other instructors has helped me to grow further as an
Instructor myself.
I look forward to working with you here at
Las Sendas Golf Club this season.
Experience and Credentials
Instructor First Tee of Richmond. Richmond, VA
Instructor at Jack Nicklaus Academy
at The Presidential Club. Dulles, VA
Instructor with the Malaska Golf Academy
Director of Instruction GreatLIFE Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD
Instructor Malaska Golf Academy at Las Sendas
Currently Instructor the Las Sendas Golf Academy.
Jack Nicklaus Academy Certified Instructor completed training 3 times
PGA of South Africa Tour Professional Division

David Huffman
Phone: 1(480)677-1533