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Many golf instructors say they would much rather teach women than men. As this thinking goes, women have no trouble admitting they need help and will actually try what a teacher suggests. And many women golfers say they prefer to attend golf schools with other women, without the distraction of competitive, results-oriented men.


Peggy Kirk Bell, a charter member of the LPGA, and her family own and operate the homey Pine Needles Inn in Southern Pines, North Carolina, down the road from Pinehurst. "Ma" Bell started teaching back in 1953 and, now into her eighth decade, she still gets out on the range almost every day. Her daughters, Peggy Bell Miller and Bonnie Bell McGowan, teach here too.

Philosophy: People learn best when they're relaxed and not intimidated; a sense of humor also helps.

Method: Run like summer camp for adults, with evening cocktails and cookouts followed by movies and card games, classes are limited to sixteen students. Exceptions to this are the school's popular "Golfaris," which include 160 students and thirty-two teachers. Each afternoon pupils play with their instructors at the Donald Ross–designed Pine Needles, site of the 2007 U.S. Women's Open.

Cost: Three-day schools from $875 to $925; five-day Golfaris, $1,695, based on double occupancy. 800-747-7272, golfari.com.

Another Good Choice

Craft-Zavichas Golf Schools Penny Zavichas and her staff have been teaching women since 1968. Locations include Walking Stick Golf Club in Pueblo, Colorado, and Pala Mesa Resort near Carlsbad, California. Three-day schools: $745 at Walking Stick, $1,125 at Pala Mesa; lodging not included. 800-858-9633, czgolfschool.com.


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