About Our Programs
Each of our professionals offers individualized instruction comprised of a single lesson and lesson series packages. Lessons may be scheduled by calling the Golf Shop at (804) 601-8612.
Coming Soon: Michael Breed Golf Academy
Michael is currently the host of The Golf Channel’s The Golf Fix, and is the brother of Giff and Alan Breed. In the future, Michael will bring his passion, talent and smile to The Quill.
Director of Player Development
After over 20 years in the private club world, Kelly is excited to be returning to his roots in public golf. Starting as a bag room attendant at 16, he has never worked outside of golf. Kelly attained his Class “A” status with the PGA of America in 1996 and has spent time in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and Florida during his career. He has worked at public, resort and private facilities, giving him a wealth of experience and knowledge due to the differences of each type of property and location. He hopes to bring the best of those experiences to Independence along with fresh ideas for where the game is going in the future.
Kelly will be heavily involved in the instruction programs this season, getting him back to the aspect of being a golf professional that drew him into this career. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he has worked with juniors as young as 5 through retirees with over 60 years playing in the game. Seeing such a variety of students with different learning styles has taught him how to best interact with each individual. Kelly believes there are many different ways to swing the club and will work with your natural motion and abilities to help you be your best. He enjoys working with both men and women, and has the ability to keep things simple for beginners and to focus on something very specific for a scratch golfer. When asked about the student/teacher relationship, he responded:
“Find an instructor who is truly interested in helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be, and not one who is only interested in showing you how much they know about the swing. The art of teaching revolves around knowing what information your student really needs to hear to improve and reach their goals. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the excitement students get when they see the result they have been working towards knowing that I have helped them reach that goal.”
Kelly will also be one of only three Titleist Performance Institute Certified professionals in the Richmond area who is also a PGA Professional. TPI certifies golf, fitness and medical professionals to evaluate your body’s ability to move during the swing. By being able to identify limitations or deficiencies in your motion, Kelly can adjust his teaching to accommodate those limitations or put you in touch with one of his fitness or medical partners to help you change your body.
So whether you have an idea for an event, need a quick fix or a complete overhaul, stop by and let him know what you need. He will do whatever he can to help make your experience here at Independence the best it can be.
Rates and Packages:
Lessons are 45 minutes unless otherwise noted
The "Foursome":$600 (4 students together for a 3 hour session)
PGA Teaching Professional
“Mahrty is an old soul golf teacher. He patiently taught me fundamentals of the golf swing in my 30s and 40s. Over the last 30 years of exploring, learning and working on my swing technique, I am back to his original teachings. He is a diamond in the rough, knows the golf swing and really cares about his students. Mahrty Lehr has the pure wisdom and knowledge to create the most efficient motion for the golf swing” ~ Natalie Easterly
Mahrty started as a professional in 1967, including stints on the Canadian and American tours. He has vast teaching experience, including working with Bob Toski (a No. 1 instructor for 25 years) for five years, as well as holding head professional jobs in Florida, being the PGA director of instruction at Willow Oaks Country Club in Richmond and more. Now Mahrty is at Independence as a private instructor and is ready to give you the gift of golf.
Lessons: $100 (30 minutes) / $150 (1 hour) / $400 (series of five)
Junior: $65 (30 minutes) / $240 (series of five)
Phone: (804) 356-1334
New Student Assessment – $75
I am absolutely committed to being the best golf coach I can possibly be. Through hard work, constant self assessment, study, and seeking out the world’s foremost experts: motor learning, human behavior, biomechanics, and the development of expertise, I will forever push myself to improve my ability to help you play better.
Email: email@example.com, cell: 804 922 7867
Text Messages are easiest for me to reply to. Please note that I do not answer the phone during lessons (unless you are my mother!) I will get back to you at the end of the day.
Developing Golf Mastery at Independence
If you are looking for comprehensive golf performance coaching, you have come to the right place! If you want to make long term progress, you need a plan. Our comprehensive Golf Performance Plans outline exactly what to practice and how to practice it so that you can learn to master the skills required to move your game to the next level. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and enjoy the game more than ever!
We use many different practice/learning techniques that are based upon the latest research in The Development of Expertise, Long Term Athletic Development, and Motor Learning Science. Ever wonder why you can’t take your range game to the golf course? Well, the answer is that most golfers practice in a way that simply does not aid in the transfer of skills to the course. We employ and teach Transfer Appropriate Practice Strategies that are designed and proven to help you transfer your skills to the course. We teach you to practice like you play, and play like you practice!
In addition to our outstanding Robins Junior Golf Camp, designed after the best talent hot beds in the world found in Dan Coyle’s great book, 'The Talent Code,' we offer a long-term learning environment designed to create skilled junior golfers by progressing them towards par or better for nine holes.
Find out how to progress your junior's game toward par or better by visiting the Robins Junior Academy site here!
Certifications: Ongoing learning is a cornerstone of my coaching philosophy. I know I don’t have all the answers, so I keep searching….
I’m a PGA Teaching Professional. I’ve gone through rigorous testing in front of a panel of PGA Professionals where I presented my approach to instruction and then defended it during the presentation. In the live lesson portion of the program, David Orr, a world renown Putting Coach , commented: “your passion blew us away with the lesson!” I do believe that all who teach the game should be required to pass similar testing to prove their effectiveness as a teacher/coach, just like we need a driver’s license to hit the road.
I am very pleased to be a certified Operation 36™ coach. We are a network of coaches who are dedicated to growing long-term learning environments for golfers. The mission is simple provide a programming roadmap to progress golfers towards shooting par or better on, and off the golf course!
Flatsitck Academy provides a holistic putting framework for putting performance by using 7 principles to improve your putting.
Nina Pryor, LPGA Member & Class A Teaching Professional
Nina Pryor, LPGA Member & Class A Teaching Professional
I’m a proud Class A teaching professional at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian who knows firsthand that golf doesn’t have to be complex or difficult. I have taught hundreds of people to play the best golf of their lives and have fun doing it! Respected by my peers and students, my professionalism, passion and integrity have inspired players of all ages and skill levels.
I have also served as a national evaluator for the LPGA and been a writer for the Virginia Golf Report, a publication for all golf facilities in Virginia.
Originally from Midlothian, Virginia, I began playing golf as a member of Stonehenge Country Club. An avid competitor in Richmond Women’s Golf Association, I was consistently among the top players every year in the City Amateur.
My love of the game was the catalyst for become a teaching professional. For the past 3 years I taught golf at Oasis Sports Park in Chesterfield, Virginia. Prior to joining Oasis, I worked at GolfTEC of Richmond where I significantly increased my knowledge of the technical aspects of the golf swing and performance. My resume highlights working for several area golf and country clubs including Royal Virginia and Salisbury. Notably, while at Salisbury, I created the first pee-wee golf program for 3 to 6 year olds and developed a comprehensive girls’ junior program.
I next taught at Windy Hill Sports Complex where I alternated as director of Adult Education and director of Windy Hill’s junior golf program.
I have been a co-head coach for St. Catherine’s high school girls’ golf team and serve as a golf education advisor and board member for the Executive Women’s Golf Association.
As an ad hoc staff member for the University of Richmond’s outreach to corporate business woman, I taught a wide range of educational programs for all skill levels. Spinning off from that association, I was instrumental in the founding of Golf Fore Women, a non-profit local association of professional women. I have also served on the board of EWGA the greater Richmond chapter.
I have also taught golf in Chesterfield County’s After School Program and was privileged to partner with McGuire Hospital’s Adaptive Golf for Injured Vets Program.
Adults: 45 minute lesson $80
Buy 4 lessons get 5thfree $320
3-hole playing lesson $100
9-hole playing lesson $150
Juniors: 30 minute lesson $65
Buy 4 lessons get 5thfree $260