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Durland Golf School
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Randy Sallade
Randy Sallade
12:21 05 Dec 21
Mark has a great knowledge of golf and a gentle touch while imparting it. While I didn’t fix every issue, I have a... better understanding of what is happening in my golf swing and drills to help me continue to improve!read more
Claude Ruibal
Claude Ruibal
16:01 25 Nov 21
Mark is an outstanding instructor of golf. He is able, with his vast experience, to quickly understand the key swing... issues you should be working on and is careful not to give you too much to work on so that yous stay focused on the key things you need to do to improve your game. In addition his quick follow up using your Trackman data with a voice over analysis of your swing is a great tool to help you focus on the key things he discussed with you during your lesson. I highly recommend Mark!read more
You-You Ma
You-You Ma
05:59 08 Nov 21
Coach Mark was the best. For a beginner like me, an hour’s lesson was worth its weight in gold! First lesson, he... already got me swinging and making contact. Set a great foundation from which to go forwards! Thank you Coach Mark!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟read more
Donald Allen
Donald Allen
16:24 29 Oct 21
Mark is very professional while fun to work with. He spots areas of needed improvement quickly and gives simple yet... very helpful suggestions that work. He doesn’t talk golf language that’s over the average students understanding and focuses on only 2-3 things which I can relate to. I have had several lessons and tuneups and Mark has always helped me improve immediatelyread more
Simon Lack
Simon Lack
22:30 19 Oct 21
I was having trouble with driving. Mark used Trackman technology to see what was happening, but combines this with... helpful tips on how to adjust. I have been very happy with the results since, after playing a couple of rounds. He's a very good teacher!read more
Charles Tetta
Charles Tetta
13:54 10 Aug 21
Mark Durland has transformed my golf game. Heading into my first lesson with Mark I was an 18 handicap now at around... 15. Mark is a practical coach. He worked within my physical abilities but also made significant tweaks which were a must in me getting my hands and body in the right position. His advice completely divorced me from hitting the ball off the heel of the club. I am able to hit more solid and consistent golf shots AND make smarter decisions in club selection particularly around the greens. Although a lower handicap is desirable Mark’s instruction has made the game more fun!read more
Robert K
Robert K
18:19 01 Jul 21
After looking for Golf instructors during my stay in Naples , I came across several. After narrowing them down I choose... Mark Durland. I decided on 2 ( 1 hour lessons) due to my scheduling and the instruction was far better than expected. Not only does he work to correct your weakness he takes the time to break it down on Trackman and video which was a huge help in understanding what was actually happening. Being able to see what mistakes I was making made for easier correction for me to use on my own time - Mark also follows up with notes and addresses Any questions.Highly recommend and I will be back for his other lesson more
Marcus Larrea
Marcus Larrea
20:41 19 Jun 21
I was a not so great golfer playing only about 6 times a year the last few years. Finally decided to take it seriously... and commit to improving my game through lessons and decided to go with Mark at Durland Golf School. After the first lesson Mark, adjusted my swing to hit the ball much cleaner. I have taken 3 more lessons since then and have seen improvement in all aspects of my game. Each lesson Mark seeks to give tips that resonate with each individual. The notes and Video/Trackman Data he provides after each lesson are great to reference as well. I look forward to many more lessons as I see consistent improvement.Highly recommend Mark for anyone looking to improve their game!read more
Joe Belz
Joe Belz
14:54 07 Jun 21
I have taken golf lessons from several teachers in the past but none improved my game like the Mark has. Mark has a way... of explaining what he is teaching so that it make sense and isn't too complicated. After two lessons and a few trips to the range to practice and I am hitting the ball better and further than more
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Hi Mark,

It's very kind of you to say "Thanks."

I've had a number of lessons over the years and I would say my first lesson with you would rank at the TOP. Why?

  • I appreciated your explanation of the various points you were trying to make. Plus, I understood what you were explaining to me.
  • During previous lessons I sometimes felt confused, I never felt confused with your comments/explanations.
  • In previous lessons I sometimes felt discouraged with the lesson, I did not feel discouraged with your teaching. In fact, I felt encouraged.

Please know I'm not saying anything bad about the other instructors, just the differences I've experienced.

Thank you and see you next Wednesday.

Bill H., Naples Resident

The swing change worked perfect today! I can’t thank you enough! It’s easy to understand why you are one of the top 100 golf instructors in the world! In my book you’re number one!

Mike LaVerdiere, Naples Grande Member

Mark, I wanted to take a minute and thank you for the lessons. I have consistently been putting up great scores and my handicap index is falling. I just got back from playing with a client in his member guest in Michigan. We won our flight, and for 3 days, I never lost a golf ball, never had a penalty stroke, and was in almost every hole for the entire weekend. I am excited to keep building on the progress.

David C. Michie, Naples Resident

Hi Mark,

I just wanted to touch base and let you know that my golf game has really improved since your lessons. My drives are going further, my fairway shots are usually straight, and my short game is better. I played with a "veteran" at our club today, who hadn't played with me yet this season. She commented on how my game had improved since last summer! Golf is always a work in progress, but I just thought you'd like to know how pleased I am with my improvement.

I should add that my partner and I won the Ladies two day Member-Member at our club last week. It was such a thrill for me! Thanks again!

Dona Brown, Naples Resident

I have been a very serious golfer for the last thirty some years and have had the privilege to work with many different teaching pros around the country. I have now worked with Mark for the last two years and feel he has done more to teach me the basic golf swing than any of my previous instructors. Mark , understands the golf sing and knows how to get the concept across to his students. I would recommend Mark to any golfer that is serious about improving their game.

Glenn Hasse, Naples Resident

After playing golf for over a decade and trying my fair share of instructors, I came across Mark Durland. He is not only a world class instructor but a student of the game himself. A quality person and golf professional that understands the difficulties of the game and tries to relay his advice to the student in a clear and easily understood manner. Mark doesn't overwhelm his students by throwing every technical term in the book at them, rather he works with the golfer to improve their game step by step. I highly recommend Mark Durland not only as a great golf professional but also as a friend. After a few lessons it was hard not to develop a relationship with him as well. Overall I couldn't ask for more, highly recommended."

Carson Weinand, Yale University Golf Team

As a beginning golfer, Mark worked with me on every part of the game and brought me from a 30+ handicap down to a 12 over two years. He is skilled in listening and worked with me to improve my alignment for a more accurate swing and the results were better than I expected. I have recommended Mark's instruction to friends and they have all been pleased.

Bob Subin, Naples Resident

Mark is a Professional in every aspect of the word. His knowledge of the golf swing and his ability to teach can help any golfer - the high handicapper, the scratch golfer and the professional. For the first half of the year, I was struggling, shooting rounds between 86 to 92 at my home course of Irem Temple CC in Dallas, PA. I had no idea where I was hitting the ball and my confidence was at an all-time low. I had one playing lesson with Mark and he gave me two things to work on with my golf swing. By the end of the round I was hitting more consistent and solid shots. The very next day I shot 78, my best score by far for the year. Since then, I have broken 80 several times. I even shot a 1-under 35 on the front 9 at Irem Temple. Mark, thanks for restoring my confidence and making the game more enjoyable for me.

Walter Pilger, Business Executive

No two people swing the club the same way. Mark has helped me improve my game by identifying things that work for me to improve my game and making it more consistent. When swing problems arise, as they always do for amateurs, he can quickly spot the problem and rectify it, usually within one lesson. He has helped me with the mental game as well. He never lets you get down on yourself - always finding something positive to build on. (PS-my handicap has dropped by 25% after working with Mark).

Jon Davis, Naples Grande Member

My son uses Mark when we vacation in Naples. He is a great teacher for a teenager, as his communication skills are strong for that age group. But Mark's effectiveness does not stop there. In 3 lessons he dramatically improved my golf swing with one simple change, plus gave me check points to keep it in tact while not in Naples. Mark has the personality, along with the golf skills, to allow someone like myself to enjoy lessons.

Louis D. George, Attorney