Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club

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 Cottonwood Golf & Country Club 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.

Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood is situated along the picturesque Bow River, this beautifully designed and well-maintained golf course with state of the art practice facilities including a fantastic short game area on the “Island” is located 15 minutes southeast of Calgary. Golf Channel Academy is proud to provide one of the most extensive golf lesson and coaching programs available in Canada with some of the most decorated and well-known instructors in the business, Paul Horton and Bob McArthur. Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood is proud to announce Chris Horton as the newest PGA of Canada member of the professional staff. The Academy is also very proud to have a partnership with Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk. Lisa is an 8-Time Canadian Long Drive Champion, an icon in the golf industry and an influencer in women’s golf

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 Paul’s son Chris Horton who played golf for the UBC Thunderbirds and graduated with a degree in Economics in the spring of 2021. Bob McArthur was the Head Teaching Professional at Heritage Pointe for 23 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. As a special note, Golf Channel Academy is proud to be a partner with Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk 8 time Canadian Long Drive Champion. This elite team of coaches have 3 National awards to their credit in two 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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