The Golf Academy

2023 Lesson Rates by Appointment

1 or 2 students

1 hour$125/student
3 hours$325/student
Series of 5$500/student


3 or 4  students

1 hour$50/Student
Series of 3$125/Student
Series of 5$175/Student

*Group Lessons 3 or 4 students form their own Groups

Meet your instructors

Scotty Holland

PGA of Canada Class "A" Teaching Professional


Scotty has 33 years of teaching experience and has been nominated 7 times for the Alberta Teacher of the Year and received this prestigious award in 2005.

Scotty caters to all ages and levels of ability but specializes in seniors.  Being a senior himself, he understands the challenges as one ages pertaining to flexibility, loss of club head speed, distance, previous injuries, etc.  He enjoys customizing programs for students taking into account their specific issues.

Scotty is a member of the Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame. In 2005 at the age of 50 Scotty set a new golf Guinness World Record for the most number of holes played walking in 12 hours to raise money for the Mineral Springs Hospital.


Chris Cooke

PGA of Canada Class "A" Head Golf Professional


Chris grew up roaming the grounds of the Canmore Golf & Curling Club from the day he could walk. Living in the Rocky Mountains meant golf wasn't necessarily the primary activity in the area but would soon develop to be a great passion for Chris.

After having a successful junior golf career, Chris made the decision to commit to the University of Central Arkansas where he played four years NCAA division 1 golf ultimately finishing with a business degree in finance.

After graduating from University Chris made the decision to return home to the Rocky Mountains where he began his journey as a PGA of Canada Apprentice Golf Professional. Spending his first two seasons as a professional at the Canmore G&CC, Chris was fortunate enough to join the Kananaskis Country Golf Course team as an apprentice professional for the 2018 & 2019 seasons reopening after the devastating floods in 2013. In 2019, Chris was fortunate enough to be selected by his peers as the recipient of the 2019 PGA of Canada Moe Norman Apprentice professional of the year.

From here in 2020, Chris took on the position of Head Golf Professional at Silvertip Resort where he is entering his fourth season. Chris enjoys working with all levels of the game with a relaxed approach and emphasizes swinging your swing to get the ball where it needs to go.

Keenan Vanderkooi

PGA of Canada Apprentice Professional


Keenan grew up outside of Toronto, Ontario, and has been a PGA of Canada Professional since June of 2020.

Graduating as a Kinesiology & Sport Management major from Western University, Keenan has worked at some of Alberta’s most recognized golf courses prior to joining Silvertip; including the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club, and Kananaskis Country Golf Course.

Keenan also has international experience in the golf industry, having learned the differences in golf, overseas working at Bonville Resort in New South Wales, Australia.

Starting as the Assistant Professional, Keenan has now progressed into an Associate role and is going into his fourth year at Silvertip Resort. In 2022, he was named a Finalist for the PGA of Alberta Apprentice Professional of the Year Award.

Keenan most enjoys the relationships and conversations he gets to have with others who share a love for the game and seeing the “a-ha” moment spark in his students. Stop by and say hi to Keenan whenever you are around the resort!

Coaching Programs

Unlimited Instruction and Coaching$1800/Season

A unique program which offers personalized instruction, video analysis, unlimited range use, supervised practice, on course coaching and game management and assessment.

Short Game School

3 Hours of instruction followed by on course coaching                                     $225./student

Form your own group of 3 or 4 students

Corporate Groups

$250/hour per instructor

6 person limit per instructor