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Golf Instructors


Mike Sullivan
Director of Instruction
Mike Sullivan Golf School at 401 Par Golf
Raleigh, NC

Mike began his golf career in 1997 at Tuscawilla Country Club in Winter Springs FL. Mike was the primary teacher for men, women and junior golf instruction. Mike also had the opportunity to work with many retired golfers as well as aspiring professionals who frequent the Florida mini-tours.

Before moving to North Carolina, Mike was the Director of the Golf Advantage School, a teaching facility located at one of the largest private country clubs in the United States. In addition to private lessons and group instruction, Mike also ran a large junior golf program that involved instruction as well as tournament competition.

Specifically, some of Mike’s qualifications include:

  • Over 18 years of golf teaching experience
  • Former Director of the Golf Advantage School, in Houston, TX.
  • Titleist Certified Clubfitter
  • Graduate of The Golf Academy of the South

“When working with any golfer, my objective is to help the player achieve the goals that they set for themselves. I don’t believe that any one teaching method is best for every golfer.  I teach players the essential skills that are required to play great golf .”
~ Mike Sullivan
Click here to view testimonials from Mike’s students!

ryan for sliderRyan Pittman
MSGS Certified Golf Instructor
Mike Sullivan Golf School
Raleigh, NC
Ryan has had a passion for golf since his junior golf days in Wilson, NC.  He graduated from Saint Augustine’s University with a degree in communications in 2013 where he was an NCAA Division 2 All American. Ryan was also a television sideline reporter at numerous athletic events, including NCAA basketball games.

Ryan focuses on helping his students understand how solid fundamentals can help a player increase their skills, and decrease their score.  He has an easy to understand and simple approach to teaching the game to golfers of all ages.

Ryan received rave reviews working alongside Mike Sullivan at the 2014 Men’s U.S. Open in Pinehurst, NC, where he gave over 100 video lessons to corporate VIPs in the course of 2 days.

pat for sliderPat Thomas
MSGS Certified Golf Instructor
Mike Sullivan Golf School
Raleigh, NC

With five years of golf teaching experience in private sessions as well as groups, Pat Thomas continues to help golfers of all ability levels enjoy the game.  Pat moved to Raleigh from Upstate New York to pursue his love of golf.  As a player himself, Pat knows what it takes to improve every aspect of someones game to the point of shooting sub-par rounds.  Pat’s diplomatic and calm demeanor is one of his students’ favorite qualities.

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Mike Sullivan Offers a New Solution to Improve Your Golf Game!

In order to ensure Mike’s students see an improvement in their game, all students enrolled in a series of golf lessons receive:

  • Regularly scheduled private lessons
  • Video Analysis
  • Supervised Practice Sessions (twice per week)
  • Short-Game Skills Testing
  • Short-Game Improvement Classes (twice per week)
  • Equipment Evaluation
  • Fitness Evaluation
  • Course Management Training
  • Mental Performance Training

“When working with any golfer, my objective is to help the player achieve the goals that they set for themselves. I don’t believe that any one teaching method is best for every golfer.  My preference is to teach the skills required to play great golf.  I get to know my students and tailor my teaching style to match what works best for them.”


Mike Sullivan
Director of Instruction
Raleigh, NC

Private Instruction Rates with Mike Sullivan:

60 Minute Lesson – $85
Series of 3 Sessions – $229*
Series of 5 Sessions – $339*

Private Instruction Rates with Ryan Pittman & Pat Thomas:

60 Minute Lesson – $75
Series of 3 Sessions – $199*
Series of 5 Sessions – $299*


*All students actively enrolled in a lesson series may also attend short game classes and supervised practice sessions twice per week for no additional charge.

**Please be mindful of our cancellation policy. Cancellations must be made with a 24 hour notice. Cancellations made with less than 24 hour notice will result in an automatic loss of one lesson from the series. Exceptions to this policy will be made for emergencies.

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Monthly Golf School Membership

Our monthly golf school is now in-session from all year! Classes are held up to seven times per week.

Golf Fundamentals Classes

This class is recommended for all beginning golfers.  It is also recommended to more advanced golfers who want to brush up on the fundamentals of the game.  Our “Golf Fundamentals” class covers basic instruction in:

  • Rules, Etiquette and Customs of the Game
  • Grip, Alignment and Posture
  • Putting, Chipping and Pitching
  • Golf Course Strategy
  • Essentials of the Full Golf Swing


Player’s Level Classes

Recommended for golfers who are feeling comfortable with the curriculum taught in the “Golf Fundamentals” class.  The “Players” classes offer a more comprehensive level of instruction of the material taught in the “Golf Fundamentals” classes.  The fundamentals are still taught, but with an emphasis on more specific playing scenarios.  Classes include:

  • Impact Position
  • Club Face Awareness
  • Swing Plane
  • Driving vs. Fairway shots
  • Fine Tuned Putting
  • Ball Flight Laws
  • Nuances of the Short Game 

Short Game Classes

Each week brings a different “Short Game Topic”, that particular topic will be the subject of all classes held during that week.

Topics rotate throughout the course of a few weeks.  Topics covered include:

  • Short Putting
  • Lag Putting
  • Chipping
  • Pitching
  • Distance Wedge
  • Par 3 Contest (Putting all the skills together by playing 9 short holes)

Golf Fitness

Our golf fitness class is for golfers of all skills and fitness levels.  Classes are held in the golf studio and are taught by certified fitness instructor, Lauren Rosella.  Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Improved swing efficiency
  • Greater distance
  • Reduced chance of injury
  • Better overall fitness level
  • Improved self esteem
  • The classes are actually fun!



Golf School Tuition Structure:

Masters Membership* – $99 per month.  Students enrolled in the “Master Membership” may attend unlimited classes throughout the month.  Includes Golf Fitness Classes.

Challenger  Membership* – $50 per month.  Students enrolled in the “Basic” membership may attend  one class per week.  Challenger members may attend a golf fitness class, which will be counted as their one class per week.

*Add a Range Program for a Discount – Unlimited range balls, unlimited play on our Par 3 course for $35 per month.

Your credit card or PayPal account will be conveniently billed each month on the same day of membership initiation.    Please view our cancellation policy here.

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