Professional Staff

Further Education
  • PGA Class A member since 1999

  • Certified Titleist Club Fitter

  • Certified Nike Club Fitter

  • Certified Slazenger Putting Club Fitter

  • PGA Of America, Teaching and Coaching Summits, Port St. Lucie, Florida Certified (2004-2008)



  • "Half as easy...twice as far..."

  • "If it were easy...Everyone would be good"

  • "Hard work is just that...HARD!  Very few players can grasp that!"

Dale Claussen
Director of Instruction


What's in his bag:

Driver:  Nike Vapor Pro 8.5 Tense CK 50g

3 wood:  Nike VR Pro 15' Diamana 73 x5ct

Hybrid:  Titleist 913H 17' Diamana s82

Irons:  Nike Vapor Forged 4-PW, dynamic Gold s300 S

Wedges:  Nike Engage 50', 5'4, 58'

Putter:  1994 Bailewick "Boss of the Moss" LR-1

HIO: 4; Oahu Country Club #8, Boca Raton Municipal Golf Club #8, Haile Plantation Golf Club #11, Cimarrone Golf Club #9

National Awards
  • MASTER Instructor...US Kids Golf

  • 3-Time TOP 50 Junior Golf Instructor in USA ~ US Kids Golf

  • 4-Time Hon. Mention(51-100) Junior Golf Instructor in USA ~ US KIDS Golf

  • 2-Time TOP 40 Instructor in USA under  40 ~ Golfworld

Fun Facts


Hobbies:  Tennis, basketball, traveling and loves red wine


  • Once scored 44 points in a high school basketball game

  • Played D1 basketball

  • Was an extra in 2 TV shows

  • Lived on the beach in 4 locations

  • Married to Valerie Claussen (4/11/15)

  • Has 3 older brothers: Dan, Dave, and Dean

  • Parents are William and Joyce

Favorite quote: "You have to have passion to be the best."

One of my greatest joys:  Watching my players push themselves and reach their goals.

Past Celebrity Students


Brett Farve, Dan Marino,

Lee Majors, Ivan Lendl,

Pete Rose, Johnny Carson,

Dave Thomas, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones,

Paul Hornung, Glenn Kozlowski,

Butch Davis, Calvin Peete

Brian Kibler, PGA

PGA Assistant Teaching Professional


What's in his bag:

Irons: Nike Pro Combo 3-PW, Rifle Project X 6.0 shaft

Driver: Nike VRS 10.5, Diamana extra stiff shaft 

Fairway Wood: 3 Wood- Nike VRS 15 degree, Diamana extra stiff Shaft 

Hybrid: Ben Hogan 2 hybrid 19 degree stiff shaft

Wedges: 52,56 degree Cleveland CG 15 

Putter: Titleist SCOTTY CAMERON Studio Select Newport 1.5. 34"

Shoes: Nike

Balls: Titleist ProV1x

Lowest Score: 65

Lowest Tournament Score: 71

  • My passion is to introduce young students to the game of golf and grow their enthusiasm for this lifelong sport. 

  • Do what you Love, Love what you do. 

  • Never give up because great things take time.

  • Practice doesn't make perfect... Perfect practice makes perfect. 

  • Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. 

  • PGA Professional 

  • TPI Certified Instructor 

  • US Kids Certified Coach 

  • FSGA Rules Certified 

Michael Trinley

Head Teaching Professional

Head Golf Professional: Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club


What's in his bag:

Irons: TaylorMade PSI Forged 4-PW

Drive: TaylorMade M2, 9.5 degrees Fujikura Speeder 

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M1, 15 degrees, Fujikura Speeder 

Hybrid: Nike VR II Pro, 19 degrees, Project X 6.0 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6, 52,56 &60

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider Si
Shoes: G/Fore Gallivanter

Ball: TaylorMade TP5X

Lowest Score: 67

Lowest Tournament Score: 70

  • Not all students fit into the same golf swing...we are all built differently, so there are many ways to make a golf swing. 

  • Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.

  • The golf swing begins from the ground up.

  • A properly functioning body allows a player to swing the golf club in the most efficient way possible.

  • "You are what you eat."  - Popeye

TGANF Teaching Dream Team

  • THE Golf Academy of North Florida
  • TGA of North Florida
  • THE Golf Academy of North FL

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Tel: 904-284-0575

Dale Claussen