With PGA Master Professional of Instruction Chris Foley and a staff of four PGA Professionals and Apprentices, Cragun’s Legacy Courses have nearly 100 years of instruction experience. Meet our Minnesota golf instructors.
Chris Foley is one of the top Minnesota golf instructors. He has been a member of the Professional Golfer Association since 1992. Chris Foley is currently the Director of Instruction at Cragun’s Legacy Courses and also the Midwest Region coach for the US National Junior Team. His prior experience includes:
The main focus of his professional career has been increasing the enjoyment of golfers through his instruction programs. Foley annually gives 1000+ individual lessons along with many different group offerings. His group instruction includes “For Women Only” Golf Schools and corporate clinics.
Honors and awards include:
The biggest influences on his teaching career have been world-renowned instructors Hank Haney and Mike Shannon. Haney is consistently recognized as one of the top teachers in the world and has worked with over 100 PGA and LPGA Tour players. Mike Shannon is one of the best putting instructors in the world, currently teaching 30+ Tour players and some of the top amateurs in the country. He has been extremely innovative and influential in putting instruction. Foley has spent time teaching with, studying, and observing with these world-class golf instructors.
Visit Chris Foley’s Website for more information and to schedule a lesson www.chrisfoleygolf.com
PGA Golf Professional
Schedule a lesson with Chuck
Chuck joined the Cragun’s golf team in 1997 within the first months of deciding to build a golf course. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of St. John’s University and the PGA’s Golf Professional Training Program, and currently a Class A member of the PGA of America, Chuck has been working in and around the golf/resort business since 1994. Winter jobs in Florida at Innisbrook helped shape the early years until the project at Cragun’s demanded year round attention.
As one of the finest Minnesota golf instructors, Chuck has always enjoyed helping golfers to develop better skills at the game, but feels the main focus of his teaching is to help people enjoy the activity and the time they invest in the game more. “Hitting the ball accounts for only a few minutes during a round of golf”, said Klecatsky, “so I like to help people to look around, enjoy the setting in which they are playing, and remember that golf is a game and as such it should be fun!” Students of Klecatsky over the years have rediscovered that this game we play is and is supposed to be fun.
Another delight to Chuck is developing better short games with his students. “I feel anyone can develop a good putting and chipping style and this can lead to more enjoyment of the game. A good short game allows you to not put so much pressure on your iron game, because you know even if you do not hit it right next to the pin you have the skills to get the ball up and down.” Teaching with a variety of golf schools, as well as being a certified Troon instructor, and a certified Mizuno clubfitter, all have been influences that have shaped Klecatsky’s teaching style and his love for the short game.
PGA Golf Professional
Schedule a lesson with Tim
Tim Johnson has returned to the Cragun’s Legacy staff to serve as the Head Golf Professional. He has been a member of the Brainerd community for 10 years. In 2008, Tim won the prestigious Minnesota PGA Assistant Championship when it was held in the Brainerd Lakes Area. He has been a PGA Class A member since 2012 and is active in the Minnesota PGA section.
Tim plays golf and believes the perception of golf lies solely on the individual holding the club. It can be played both as a competitive sport or recreational activity. “Introducing the game as a fun activity is very important to me.” He believes the fun aspect reassures the golfer to return to the course. However, for the competitive athlete, golf can challenge each individual separately. “Your biggest opponent is the course itself.”
Tim has adopted his own methods of teaching over the course of 10 years. He likes to rely on the student’s feel for the game of golf and improve the student’s current ability. “I like to improve the game the student brings to me and know each golfer’s swing is slightly different than the next.” Tim wants to get to know the student and set obtainable goals for them to reach together. In golf, any success is good success. He gives many lessons and clinics throughout the summer for all abilities. Tim is willing to work with you on customizing a golf lesson to fit your schedule and needs.
PGA Golf Professional
Schedule a lesson with Ryan
Ryan joined Chris Foley Golf School team in 2019. A graduate of San Diego Golf Academy and has experience caddying on the Web.Com tour which allowed him the opportunity to study some of the top players in the world and how they manage their way around the golf course. Ryan is currently a Class A member of the PGA of America, and he is also certified as PGA coach.
As one of the young upcoming instructors in the state of Minnesota, Ryan believes the focus should be having fun with golf but also creating goals and trying to reach those goals. He is a big believer that you need to practice and work on your golf game when you are motivated to help reach your goals. By setting goals and enjoying the process of reaching those goals it will make reaching those goals easier which will allow you to enjoy the game much more.
Ryan has spent time studying Harvey Penick’s teaching philosophy as he believes he was one of the greatest instructors of all time. Ryan enjoys giving lessons and enjoys watching people reach their goals, but his expertise is with Putting. He is known for one of the best putters around the mid-west and believes everyone can become a good putter regardless of their skill level.
To enroll in lessons from the Minnesota golf instructors at Cragun’s Resort, please call the Legacy Golf Shop at 218-825-2789 or fill out the request form below.