Golf Channel Academy at Heritage Pointe

Acclaimed Canadian teaching professional Paul Horton, the PGA of Canada’s 2017 National Coach of the Year, is teaming with one of Western Canada’s top public golf facilities to launch a new Golf Channel Academy location just outside of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Golf Academy at Heritage Pointe recently joined the Golf Channel Academy (GCA) network of teaching facilities, becoming GCA’s first location in Canada and second internationally, along with the Golf Channel Academy at Golf Resort Black Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. With 89 locations canvassing 33 states and two continents, Golf Channel Academy is among the most expansive golf instruction networks in the world today.

The Golf Academy at Heritage Pointe offers a variety of instruction programming options for adults and juniors, from Private, Group and On-Course Lessons to an Elite Junior Invitational Camp to a Ladies Only School with the long-hitting Vlooswyk. Other services include Club Fitting, College Recruiting and Scholarship Advice, a Mental Golf Workshop and Winter Coaching. The academy also features the latest state-of-the-art technology, including video swing analysis, an ES14 launch monitor, Blast Motion Swing/Stroke Analyzer and brain training headset from FocusBand.  

Students also have access to some of the most decorated and well-known instructors in the business, including Horton, a 14-time PGA of Alberta Teacher of the Year finalist (he won it twice, in 2003 and 2011) and the highest-ranking AimPoint Certified Instructor in all of Canada.

Current and former students who’ve worked with Horton include former PGA Tour winners Stephen Ames and Steven Bowditch, eight-time Canadian Long Drive champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk and 6-time World Long Drive champion Jason Zuback.

Joining Horton on the coaching staff are long-time PGA of Canada teaching professional and 1999 National Teacher of the Year Bob McArthur and former Cottonwood Golf & CC (De Winton, Alberta) Head Professional, Director of Operations and General Manager Tiffany Gordon, the 2005 PGA of Canada Club Professional of the Year. Bob McArthur has been the Head Teaching Professional at Heritage Pointe for the last 21 years, a 12 time PGA of Alberta Teacher of the Year finalist. McArthur has also worked with numerous elite players and professionals over the years and specializes in offering custom corporate programs to any group size. This elite team of coaches have 4 National awards to their credit in three different categories.


In order for any student to succeed in any sport they need to have the right guidance. By having the right guidance it motivates to the student to get better and perform on and off the course. Paul Horton earned the Ben Kern PGA of Canada Coach of the Year Award in 2017 and has been a 14-time finalist for the PGA of Alberta’s Teacher of the Year award in a career that’s spanned 41 years. 

Paul continues to improve his craft, however he says, “But in the end, I’d rather shine a light on the players.” 

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