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Golf Guest Instructors

Golf Guest Instructor SEries

Half Moon is pleased to provide a new Golf Guest Instructor Series, offering the best in golf instruction with notable golfers such as David Leadbetter, Nick Starchuck, Gary Gilchrist and Mike Manavian, along with the return of James Ridyard. This series will feature a variety of options for both beginners and seasoned golfers alike. Whether you are just getting started in this great game or you are trying to lower your handicap to a new level, we have the experience and capability to assist you in attaining your goals.

Coming Soon: Our 2023-24 Instructor Schedule.


Nick Starchuk

OCTOBER 2 - 8, 2022


Private Coaching: $125 per hour
Full swing, short game, or putting evaluation using the Capto putting system.

Half Day School: $200 per person
Three-hour full swing school for up to three players. Includes individual instruction for each player's individual needs.

On-course playing lesson: $250 per person
Nine holes of strategy, club selection, and better targets.

A veteran, award-winning golf instructor, Nick Starchuk has spent his adult life searching for knowledge about the golf swing and the methods that will make his students better players. Starchuk has worked as a golf instructor and coach for more than 20 years, having previously worked at Mississaugua Golf and Glen Abbey Golf Club. He has multiple fitness and mental coaching certifications, and has coached both college and professional golfers, and helped regional golfers develop into Provincial and National Teams.

The winner of the 2013 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year, Starchuk has also been runner-up in other categories and currently operates the #1 Golf school in Canada at TPC Toronto. 


Michael Manavian

NOVEMBER 9 - 15, 2022


Rate is $500 USD for a 90 min session on GEARs

Can book up to 4 students per day. 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.
Students will be utilizing motion capture and receive a customized video recap with each session.

With a vast and varied background in golf instruction, club fitting, nutrition, fitness, and biochemistry, Michael provides an all-encompassing skill set to athletes looking to improve performance.

Over the past 10 years, multi-platform technology has become the standard in golf instruction, and the ability to present sophisticated data in plain words is more crucial than ever. This is precisely Michael’s specialization.

Michael is the world’s leading instructor using the 3D motion capture software GEARs Golf. He is an Authorized Instructor in the Stack & Tilt® Network, a Cobra-Puma Golf staff ambassador, the Lead Clubfitter for Arccos Golf, a Lynn Blake Certified Instructor and has authored Atomic Golf. He also serves as one of two advisors to Cobra Golf’s Equipment

Brian Mogg

DECEMBER 4 - 22, 2022


Having been named to Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers since 2005 and Golf Digest's Top 50 Instructors since 2019, are a testament to Brian's golf pedagogy.
He is at the helm of five global academies, with one at the Waldorf Astoria GC in Orlando.  His students have gone on to achieve 30 wins on the PGA Tour/Korn Ferry/Champions and LPGA since 2001 including two majors and one USGA Championship.   He also worked with elite junior and college players at top universities.
His primary work is with regular golfers and helping them reach their lowest possible handicap while building correct fundamentals.  His teaching is focused on finding the best swing and short game for each student and never using a single method for every person.  There are tests and measurements that need to be done to identify the best way for each golfer to swing. Blending this with scoring shots and short game work will allow the golfer to shoot their lowest possible scores.
Brian also played on the PGA Tour for 3 years with a top finish of 2nd place at the Sanderson Farm Classic. He has also played nine Champions Tour events in the last six years including three US Senior Opens.  This playing background combined with teaching experience allows the student to do more than just improve their mechanics but to get their scores and handicap lowered while taking their game from the range to the course.

David Leadbetter

JANUARY 8 - 14 2023


Originally from Worthing in Sussex, England, David began his career in golf on the European and South African Tours. He soon realized his interest was in the technique, mechanics, and intricacies of the game, which eventually led him to spend more time teaching than playing. Soon after David’s retirement from playing, he began to incorporate his methods and philosophies into a stringent, holistic training program for qualified instructors that remains unmatched even today. Since launching the first Leadbetter Golf Academy over 30 years ago, David has coached players to over a dozen Major Championship titles and over 100 individual worldwide tournament victories. Four of those players have even held first place in the Official World Golf Ranking. With a desire to bring that same world-class instruction to players of all ages and abilities, and in addition to the numerous articles written for publications like Golf Digest and Golf International over the past three decades, David has authored seven books on the topic.

James Ridyard

FEBRUARY 11 - 16, 2023

James Ridyard is a leading golf instructor, researcher and co-owner of the Short 

Game Secrets brand which brings some of the highest selling independently produced instructional videos to the industry. As an instructor he spends the majority of his time working with elite players and has coached players to victories on the PGA and European Tour in 2019. When away from tour golf he also ensures that he spends time working with players of all levels at his home base in the UK.

James received the great honour of being invited to speak at the PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit in January 2015. Grabbing the opportunity with both hands James delivered one of the most talked about presentations of the summit, receiving great reviews from a large number of attendees. This success led to James being named as one of Golf Magazines Innovators in the 2015 list and an invitation to speak at his home PGA’s Teaching & Coaching Conference later in the year. 

Since 2015 James has presented to more than 3000 coaches and players across more than 10 countries working with various PGA’s and National Federations while continuing to research and develop his ideas on high performance wedge play. In a refreshing contrast to much of the teaching industry James isn’t one to shy away from sharing his information and sees every opportunity to present to a group as a chance to positively influence a larger number of golfers than he ever could on the lesson tee.

While continuing to research and develop himself and his ideas James takes great pride in providing the highest level of full swing and short game coaching available, something you can be sure of is that no stone will be left unturned in helping you achieve your potential.

Unlimited Golf Package

Reserve a four-night stay and enjoy unlimited rounds of golf at our championship course, as well as Cinnamon Hill, just five minutes away from our resort.

Package includes:

  • Complimentary use of Practice Facility at Half Moon
  • Complimentary Golf Clinic (Fridays at Half Moon)

One of the most iconic resort destinations in the Caribbean, Half Moon is the highest-rated property in Jamaica by Forbes Travel Guide. Offering three unique resort experiences, Half Moon is situated within 400 acres of tropical gardens and along two miles of beachfront. 

Our Commitment To Your Health & Safety | Learn more about our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. and Wellness Concierge, designed to expedite COVID-19 testing prior to departure.

*Guest golf instructor series is not included in the Unlimited Golf Package but can be added on by calling reservations. Meal Plan Additions available. Cart fee applicable & mandatory caddie fee not included. Minimum four-night stay required. Rates are subject to availability at time of enquiry. Applies to new bookings only. Not combinable with any other special offer. This special may be withdrawn at any time, is capacity-controlled, and may not be combined with any other promotion. A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking which is refundable provided that cancellation notice is received 7 days prior to arrival. Full and final payment required 7 days prior to arrival. Reservations made within 7 days prior to arrival are charged in full at time of booking. Trip Insurance recommended.


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