Bowes Creek Golf Academy offers Individualized Instruction by PGA Trained Professionals for players at every level. The staff are meticulous about addressing all aspects of your game; full swing dynamics, short game, putting, course management, and the mental game. Our programs are designed for individuals especially junior golfers, couples, small groups who desire to become better players and golf ’s players of the future. You will receive a complete analysis of your game and a straightforward plan tailored to achieve your personal goals. We utilize a professional, but relaxed teaching approach with the latest technology to ensure your success on and off the lesson tee.


John Esposito is a Class A PGA Professional and comes to Bowes Creek with over 25 years teaching experience. He has been nominated for Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year several times, most recently 2013. John was appointed the exclusive instructor for The Golf Channel Amateur Tour - Chicago North Region. Additionally, his skill as an accomplished player will help all levels become better players. John uses the latest in video technology and an assortment of teaching aids that allow the student to better understand, as well as feel the correct movements needed. You’ll also be taught one of golf’s most important lessons… how to properly practice. Visit his website:


Mike Lehman is the Head Golf Professional at Bowes Creek Country Club. He participated in the Bowes Creek Country Club Development as an owners’ representative for the City of Elgin and is responsible for all elements of its business success. He has been the Director of Golf Operations at the City of Elgin for the past 14 years and he oversees The Highlands and Wing Park golf courses. Mike is an accomplished player and PGA professional. He was a member of the University of Illinois golf team as well as two State Champion runner-up teams with St Edward High School in Elgin. He has been instructing Collegiate and High School players since the mid 1980’s. Mike’s personal philosophy is to have fun with his students but, requires commitment and attention to detail to create a technically sound golf game!

Customized Individual Instruction
Annual All-Inclusive Instruction

ADULTS (ages 18+)

Short Game Clinics
On Course Playing Lesson
Just Learning
Pubs & Clubs Clinics
Specialty Clinics
Senior Golf Clinics (50 or better)
Free Monday Clinics


Junior Golf Clinics
Parent-Child Clinics
Junior Day Camp
PGA Jr. League

Customized Individual Instruction – $55 per ½ hour (or) $100 per hour
Let us know what you want to focus on and we will concentrate on improving that aspect of your game. Computer swing analysis is used at no charge to further enhance your learning.
Annual All- Inclusive Instruction – $795 per season
Customized, individual instruction for the entire golf season! Valid April 15th through November 15th. Computerized video analysis included as determined by the Golf Professional. A minimum of 8 hours of instruction is required of the student. The number of lessons will vary with student’s availability and the scheduling of lessons as determined by instructor.

Short Game Clinics – $80
This class is 2 hours in length. With 65% of your score coming from 120 yards and in, this course is geared towards lowering your scores through a proficient short game. You’ll come away from this class with a tremendous improvement of the shots that matter most for your score! Pitching, chipping and putting will be the focus.

On Course Playing Lesson – $150
This class is for the intermediate to advanced golfer. Previous instruction with BCGA staff required. We will be discussing all aspects of course management. This one-on-one instruction will teach you how to play to your strengths, as well as truly understand how a professional thinks their way around the course. With an improvement in your course management, you can expect to shave a few more strokes off the handicap.

Just Learning – $80
If you’re looking to get your golf game off to a great start, this is the program for you. Starting with the grip, posture and set-up, you’ll learn the fundamentals on how to hit the ball properly in three sessions. We’ll also have an overview of the short-game! Please contact the golf pro shop for all the starting dates and times.

Pubs & Clubs Clinics – $59
Purchase a Pubs & Clubs card for $59 and receive exclusive offers at Bowes Creek Country Club: $10 off Practice Range, $10 off your total check at Porters Pub (restrictions apply) and up to 5 hours of specialized clinics. Golf clinics will cover a variety of topics. Reserve your spot weekly by calling the pro shop 847-214-5880. Reservations are required.

Specialty Clinics – $45
This one hour clinic will have a concentrated focus on a specific area of the game… sand, fairway woods or wedge play for example. We will be offering many of these types of clinics throughout the season.

Senior Golf Clinics (50 or better) – $119
These clinics run for half and hour each week for three weeks and are a great way to learn the basics in a relaxed environment. Clinic topics will include education on course etiquette, hitting dynamics, short game and putting. Each session concludes with ON COURSE PLAY

Free Monday Clinics – FREE
Every Monday in May (excluding Memorial Day), June and July – choose the month that fits your age and gender. Clinics will cover all aspects of the game. Registration is required.

Junior Golf Clinics – $75
These clinics run for 50 minutes each day for five days and are a great way to learn the basics in a fun environment. Each day will include education on course etiquette, hitting dynamics, short game and putting. PGA trained and experienced instructors, 5 snacks, Gatorade or water and a tee shirt.

Parent-Child Clinics – $100 per couple
This is an innovative and interactive class that allows for the parents and kids to help each other learn under the watchful eye of the golf professional. An hour of instruction beginning at 5:00 pm will be followed by 6 or 9 holes of golf depending on the age of the student. Each class will focus on a different element of the game from swing dynamics, trick shots, short game, course rules and etiquette. This three-week program at 1 day per week allows a great opportunity for parents to learn from their children! Parents can switch from week to week. 3 hours of instruction with PGA trained and experienced instructors, 6 hours of golf at Bowes Creek Country Club.

Age: minimum of 7 years old

Junior Day Camp – $25 per day or $75 for entire camp
This program is designed to introduce juniors to the game in a casual and fun environment. The program covers swing fundamentals and short game with an emphasis on safety, golf course etiquette and basic rules. Registration is limited and fills up quickly.

PGA Jr. League – $225

PGA JLG Participants Receive
•    Team Jerseys, golf balls and PGA JLG bag tags
•    5-6 regular season competitions plus coaching/practice
•    Opportunity for advancement to post-season and All-Star teams
•    Access to customized website home page for our PGA JLG team featuring schedules, standings and stats

Program Structure
•    Fun team scramble format for players of every skill level
•    All participants get to play in every competition
•    Two night practices per week, included on course play (nights TBD)
•    Competitions scheduled on Saturday & Sunday evenings, 4pm or later depending on availability
•    NOTE: parent participation is required, as competition locations vary, travel to area courses is not provided

Player Proficiency
•    Advanced skills not required, must have access to a set of golf clubs
•    If your child can drive, chip or putt… we have a role for them on our JLG team!

•    Registration opens May 1st, deadline to register is June 1st  (Limited enrollment: 8 min / 12 max)
•    June 15th thru August 1st: Regular Season
•    August: Postseason Qualifiers & Section Championships
•    September: Regional Championship
•    October: PGA JLG National Championship

How to Register
You can register your junior at Bowes Creek Country Club pro shop. The registration fee is $175 and includes Uniforms, Instruction, Greens Fees, Bag Tags and Golf Balls.

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