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To schedule a lesson at the Grayhawk Learning Center, or to learn more about the many instructional programs ranging from personal lessons to corporate clinics, simply call or email the instructors directly. For more information you may also email Dan Mintz or call 480.502.2656.
Director of Instruction
- Over 25 years teaching experience
- Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructor
- Featured in a number of instructional articles in Golf Magazine
- Featured on the cover of Golf Magazine
- Former PGA Tour Player
- Participant in the 2008 Fry’s Open, 2009 FBR Phoenix Open, 2009 and 2010 U.S. Senior Open Championships, 2013 Senior PGA Championship
- Host instructor on the Golf Channel’s “Golf Academy Live”
- 12 years as Director of Instruction for the Grayhawk Learning Center at Grayhawk Golf Club
|Paul’s Private Instruction Rates|
|Adult||$105 (half hour)||$190 (one hour)|
|Package||$750 (5-one hour)|
|PGA Rate||$150 (one hour)|
Paul’s experience on the PGA and Nike Tours, where he carded seven top 10 finishes, coupled with more than 25 years experience as a golf instructor provides the foundation for his profound understanding of the game. That said, its’ not surprising that Paul is noted as one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 instructors.
Prior to arriving at Kostis/McCord Learning Center, Paul served as the director of golf instruction at the prestigious Lely Resort Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida. While at Lely Resort, Paul was awarded numerous teaching awards, including South Florida Section of the PGA Teacher of the Year. Paul has been featured in several golf-related media including The Golf Channel’s “Golf Academy Live” and Golf Magazine, to name a few.
Paul credits Peter Kostis as a positive influence on his teaching career. “I’ve worked with Peter Kostis on my own golf game for 22 years and he’s helped me tremendously. I look forward to passing along to my students what I’ve learned from Peter over the years.”
Jeff Yurkiewicz (a.k.a Yurk)
- 12 Years as Head Instructor for the Kostis/McCord Learning Center at Grayhawk Golf Club
- Learned under Top 100 Teachers Peter Kostis and Paul Trittler
- 2002 Southwest Section Player of the Year
- 2003 Phoenix Open and Tucson Open participant
- 2005 PGA Championship participant
- Numerous published articles and videos
|Jeff’s Private Instruction Rates|
|Junior||$50 (half hour)|
|Adult||$70 (half hour)||$125 (one hour)|
|Package||$500 (5-one hour)|
|PGA Rate||$100 (one hour)|
In his 12th year at Kostis/McCord Learning Center, Jeff approaches golf instruction with a personable style that allows his students to get the most of each lesson. Jeff credits Peter Kostis and Paul Trittler for his keen understanding of the game; an understanding that Jeff developed into his own practical and effective instructional method.
Jeff is a graduate of New Mexico State’s Golf Management Program and is currently a Class-A member of the PGA of America. His competitive golf career includes appearances at the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol, 2003 Phoenix and Tucson Opens and success in Southwest Section events in 2002 earned him the title of Southwest Section PGA Player of the Year.
- New 2009 addition to Grayhawk Learning Center
- Former Australasian Tour player
- Former Nationwide Tour player
- Graduate of the prestigious Victorian Institute of Sports
- Instructor to VIP clients ranging from Princes to Presidents
|Andrew’s Private Instruction Rates|
|Adult||$150 (one hour)|
|Junior (18 & under)||$130 (one hour)|
Ask Andrew about his Video Swing Analysis
In 2009 Andrew Getson joined the Grayhawk Learning Center staff. He brings with him a decade of experience gained on the Asian, Australasian and Nationwide Tours. During that time he carded a handful of top 10 finishes including 1st place in the Sedona Open, 2nd place in the Thailand Masters and 2nd place in the South Australian PGA Championship.
Getson’s successful golf instruction career is highlighted by a few of his high-profile clients including President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew. But his ability to effectively communicate the fundamentals of the game of golf is equally helpful for his non-head-of-state/royalty clientele.
Getson began his life in golf in much the same way as a few other notable Australian golfers such as Stuart Appelby, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley and Geoff Ogilvy, at the prestigious Victoria Institute of Sports. From there he went on to play for one of the highest regarded teams in the country – Victorian State Golf Team – where he earned a few state titles.
- Stan joined the PGA Tour in 1989
- One PGA Tour victory – 1989 Chattanooga Classic
- Three victories on the Nationwide Tour
- Two-time All American at University of Missouri
- Holds the record for fewest putts per nine holes on the PGA Tour (6)
Stan Utley turned professional in 1984; and during his career, amassed quite a list of accomplishments on the PGA, Buy.com, and Nike Tours. His professional victories include PGA Tour 1989 Chattanooga Classic; Buy.Com and Nike Tours 1995 Miami Valley Open; 1995 Louisiana Open; and 1993 Cleveland Open.
Known as the “short-game guru,” Utley is directly responsible for the improved putting strokes of numerous PGA Tour players, including Sergio Garcia, Dudley Hart, Kevin Streelman, Jay Haas, Peter Jacobson, Jeff Sluman, and Craig Stadler. In fact, Golf Digest labeled him as “Golf’s latest superstar guru,” and Sports Illustrated named him as “the hottest instructor in golf.”
“I’m a teacher, but I’m also a player – so I understand how important shooting a score is, even ahead of technique,” said Utley. “What I do is help my students shoot those lower scores, by sharing proven and tested fundamentals about the short game and helping tap into the creativity and imagination every player possesses. I want you to hit it better, and I want you to think and feel better too. I’m blessed to have a passion for people and for encouraging them to get more enjoyment out of their golfing experience. I’m also fortunate that my students – amateur and professional alike – have used my techniques to improve and win tournaments. I look forward to helping you make more birdies too.”
- Former LPGA Tour player with 2nd place best finish
- Seven mini-tour wins
- Competed in 10 U.S. Women’s Opens
- 30 years of experience in the golf world
- Learned from the best: Jack Lumpkin, Jim Flick, Jim Hardy and others
Longtime golf professional, Kay Kennedy joined the instruction team at Grayhawk Learning Center in 2013. She brought with her more than 30 years of experience in the golf world — including 25 years as a teaching professional and five years competing against the best on the LPGA Tour.
No stranger to the Valley of the Sun, Kennedy has taught the game at a number of high-profile clubs including McCormick Ranch Golf Club, McDowell Mountain Golf Club and Phoenix Country Club. Kennedy’s competitive playing career was in full swing from 1980 to 1986 when she racked up seven wins on the mini tour along with a second-place finish on the LPGA Tour. She also made 10 appearances in the U.S. Women’s Open.
Under the tutelage of revered instructors such as Jack Lumpkin, Jim Flick, Davis Love Jr., Bob Toski, Jim Hardy, Mike LaBauve, John Jacobs and Shelby Futch, Kennedy absorbed the concepts and practices that she has been leveraging ever since as both a player and instructor. She also attended the Dave Pelz Short Game School and the Jim Hardy Swing Plane School.
- Trackman Level 2 Certified Professional
- Learned the game from one of the all-time best golf instructors, his father, Peter Kostis
- Earned all-region honors at Brophy, including medalist in his senior year
- Member of the University of Arizona Golf Team where he was a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar in 2010 and three-time member of the first team All-Pac 10 Academic team.
|John’s Private Instruction Rates|
|Trackman Lesson||$100 (one hour)|
|Adult Lesson||$75 (one hour)|
|Junior Lesson||$60 (one hour)|
|Group Lesson||$50 (per hour per person)|
|Short Game Lesson||$40 (half hour)|
The Grayhawk Learning Center welcomes John Kostis to the golf instruction team. Kostis grew up with the game alongside his father, CBS Golf Analyst Peter Kostis, who also co-founded the learning center at Grayhawk with his colleague and good friend, Gary McCord.
Kostis, 25, didn’t have to go far to observe some of golf’s top instructors teach the game. In addition to his father, Grayhawk Learning Center veterans Paul Trittler and Jeff Yurkiewicz also guided his professional development. In terms of the mental side of the game, Kostis has worked with notable names such as Bob Rotella and Peter Crone. This breadth of experience gives him a unique take on the golf swing and the game of golf in general, making him a highly capable teacher for everyone ranging from beginners to advanced players.
In high school Kostis was a member of the Brophy Broncos’ golf team where he earned all-region honors as a junior and senior. He won the regional as a senior with a 64, and was a two-year team co-captain. He was also named an Arizona Interscholastic Association Scholar Athlete in 2006.
John went on to play Division 1 Collegiate golf at The University of Arizona. He was a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar in 2010. He was also a three-time member of the first team All-Pac 10 Academic team. His experience at U of A competing at a high level of college golf helped to prepare him professional golf after he graduated in 2011.