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Minnesota’s Top Golf Instruction

Cragun's Legacy Courses offers the finest golf instruction in the Midwest.  With a staff of six PGA Professionals and apprentices, Cragun's Legacy Courses offers a variety of instruction designed to promote learning, fun, and development. Our golf instruction includes private lessons, group lessons, resort guest clinics, game improvement series, junior golf program, overnight golf schools, and club fitting.  With a two-sided driving range, short game area, and a Par 3 course, there is a great opportunity to create a total golf learning environment.

David Bakyta, Instructor at Cragun's Legacy Courses

Meet our Instructor

Meet David Bakyta. 

David Bakyta is a quarter century member of the PGA of America who has enjoyed his coaching experience at several venues such as North Fork CC in Long Island, Tseleevo Golf Club outside Moscow and at El Encanto in El Salvador. 
He has coached multiple NCAA All American Golfers and had success as two-time GCAA East Coach of the Year while at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Most recently David ran his golf academy on the Black Sea and is now back in the United States developing junior golfers and coaching a fundamental system of golf which accommodates the serious competitor as well as the casual golfer.

He has been a PGA member since 1994 and wants to bring a fun environment of learning to Cragun's as well as exceptional results for your golf game. 

Private Lessons at Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

Private Lessons

Enjoy private lessons with our PGA Professionals tailored to your level of play and customized for your personal development and goals.

Group Lessons at Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

Group Lessons

Group lessons are a great way to learn game fundamentals, foster camaraderie, and be inspired by playing in a group environment.

Junior Lessons at Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

Junior Lessons

Our Junior Lessons are developed for kids and teenagers who want to learn the game of golf or improve their play for high-school and college competition.

PGA Tour Golf Simulator at Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

PGA Tour Golf Simulator

Practice your swing during the offseason with our three indoor PGA Tour Golf Simulator. Our simulator lets you play golf and work on your game, and enjoy league play even in the cold Minnesota winters. Enjoy golf during the off season with our three bays at Cragun's Legacy Courses. You can select from over 90 great golf courses, including Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass, Spyglass Hills, games from around the world and driving range for practice play. There's even three miniature golf courses for family fun.

When/Where: November - March at the Pro Shop in Cragun's Legacy Courses Clubhouse

Time of Play: Each 9-hole round takes 90 minutes for a twosome.

Simulator Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9:00am - 9:00pm

You may also contact Tim Johnson at 218-825-2732 or email at

  • Rates
    • $40 per hour
    • 5-hour punch cards for $185
    • 10-hour punch cards for $350
    • 15% off for our 2023 Legacy Members
  • FOR 2023/2024 Simulator Golf League

    Season 1: Starting week of November 13 
    Season 2: Starting week of January 29, 2024