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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.


Nick Starchuk | October 2 - 8, 2022
Michael Manavian | November 9 - 15, 2022
Brian Mogg | December 12 - 15, 2022
David Leadbetter | January 8 - 14, 2023
James Ridyard | February 11 - 16, 2023
Gary Gilchrist | April 26 - 28, 2023


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.

Gary Gilchrist

APRIL 26 - 28 2023


The three-day camp runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and covers full swing on the first day, short game on the second day, and the third day spent summarising and working on any problem areas. On-course instruction takes up the remainder of this time as the students are accompanied by Gary Gilchrest over two-to-three holes.

$800 per player

In a coaching career that spans 30 years, Gilchrist has been responsible for recruiting, training, and developing more top-ranked junior and professional golfers than any other coach in the world.

In his illustrious career, Gilchrist has coached three players to #1 World Ranking professionals, had PGA, LPGA, and European tour pros win 69 tournaments, including 8 majors, 3 players ascending to #1 World Ranking, a dozen players reaching top 10 world rankings and a bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympic games. These accomplishments were achieved while also running and recruiting for full-time boarding junior golf academies. Over the course of these three decades, Gilchrist has helped 75 junior players be named AJGA All American, 6 players named AJGA Player of the Year, 2 US Amateur Champions, 2 US Junior Girls Champions, 1 NCAA Women’s Champion, and 2 US Public Links Champions. His junior students have amassed over 850 wins on AJGA, IMG, HJGA, FCGT and IJGT tours.

Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Gilchrist dreamed of playing pro golf like many juniors. After playing golf for two years at Texas A & M, Gilchrist’s dream came true when he won the South African PGA Tour School and started competing against the likes of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Gilchrist played on South Africa’s elite Sunshine Tour for five years and was a three-time winner on the South African PGA Winter Tour.

In 1995, Gilchrist was charged with developing the first full-time junior golf academy in the world. After running IMG’s David Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy as the Director of Golf from 1995-2004, Gilchrist took his expertise to the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he oversaw hundreds of elite junior and professional golfers for another three years.

Though Gilchrist was initially trained as a technical teacher, he quickly realized to take golfers to the next level, they needed to master more than just technique – they also needed a comprehensive training program that incorporated every aspect of being a champion and that’s just what he did with starting the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.

Gary’s dedication and passion for teaching the game and impacting the lives of all thousands of students are unmatched. Gilchrist has been recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 50 Teacher in America from 2011-2018, Golf Magazine as a Top 100 Teacher since 2013, and Future Champions Master Coach in 2017.


  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2012-2022
  • Golf Digest Top 50 Best Teachers in America 2011-2018
  • Golf Digest Top Teachers in State 2011-2020
  • Won 10 amateur tournaments
  • Member, South Africa’s national team
  • Helped Texas A & M win Southwest Conference championship, 1987
  • Won South Africa PGA Tour School, 1989
  • Played South Africa’s Sunshine Tour, 1989-1994
  • 3-time winner on South African PGA Winter Tour
  • Appointed Director of Golf at IMG (formerly David Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy), 1995-2004
  • Director of Golf at IJGA, 2004-2006, 2019-currently
  • Author, “Train Like a Champion” e-book, 2006
  • Established Gary Gilchrist Golf /Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, 2007
  • Co-author, nationally distributed book, “Going for the Green,” 2009
  • Co-author, nationally distributed book, “Train for Golf like an Olympian”
  • Selected by Nike as green grass elite instructor, 2004

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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