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new golfers at pine ridge

New Golfers Small Group series

  1. start with the Level 1.0 class

  2. follow up as soon as you can with the level 1.5 class. it builds on what you learned in Level 1.0 and takes you out on the course to learn more.

  3. sign up for our Play 5 at 6:00 group and play with golfers of similar ability.

The Details

Level 1.0 new golfers $125
Four hours of instruction in the fundamentals

Classes focus on the fundamentals of stance, grip, posture and swing mechanics of putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing
Led by BGA certified instructors
Low Student/Instructor Ratio
Price also includes: Two Free buckets of range balls and Free Player Card (Good for 6 Months)
Equipment provided for class, if needed
Basic golf terminology covered

Level 1.5 new golfers on the course $100
four hours of instruction primarily on the golf course

Reinforces Level 1.0 material with on course play
Includes basic rules, etiquette and safety tips
Led by BGA certified coaches
Low Student/Instructor Ratio
Equipment provided for class, if needed
Weekday classes meet for two, 2-hour sessions

“Play 5 at 6:00” at Pine Ridge $100

4 weekly playing opportunities for graduates of Levels 1.0 and level 1.5
Sessions start on Monday, April 29

Once you have completed Levels 1.0 and 1.5, take this opportunity play with players of similar ability and get comfortable on the course. You'll each Tee Off from the Pine Ridge Forward Tees which are set at appropriate distances from the hole for ability level. Before you know it, you'll be ready to play 18 holes with more experienced players.

Price Includes

A helpful players' guide to lead the way and pair you up with other new golfers of similar ability
Four, weekly 5-Hole rounds of golf
Small bucket of range balls for warming up before each round
Equipment provided if needed. Please request in advance
Please contact us via email, if you have questions.


New Golfers at Clifton Park

LEVEL 1.0 $99.00 Friday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00

Step one to learning to play on the course
4.5 hours of fundamentals instruction including putting, chipping, pitching and the full swing. Designed for people who have never played golf or experienced golfers who want to start from scratch to get rid of bad habits.

Swing fundamentals * Golf terminology * Equipment recommendations * Learn how to practice * 1 coach to every 6 players * Led by PGA or LPGA certified instructors.

Range balls, equipment provided during classes if needed. To be followed by Level 1.5 which is mainly conducted on the golf course where you will learn to play golf! Please ask your professional or a member of our pro shop staff for equipment recommendations before purchasing new clubs to make sure you receive the best fit club for you as well as the best value. 410-243-3500 Call for information Lawrence Moses.

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getting started or re-started

If you’ve never played Golf, or have played but it’s been a while, we recommend starting out with BGA’s New Golfers small group series. We designed it to get you out on the course and playing after only 8 hours of instruction. Practicing between classes is highly recommended.

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Need Clubs?

Golf clubs will be provided at no charge for your use during classes. Please let us know what you need when you register. Borrow clubs at the Pine Ridge Driving Range when you come to practice.

Buying Equipment

The pro shop at Pine Ridge is fully stocked with golf clubs, bags, shoes, gloves and clothing. All of the merchandise is competitively priced, and discounts are available to BGA Students. There are also demo clubs available for you to ‘test drive’ on the course, and our golf professionals will be sure you receive clubs that are properly fitted for you at no extra charge.

Scroll down or select Club Fitting from the tabs on the right, to learn more about the importance of getting fitted for clubs, and Club Fitting Days at Pine Ridge sponsored by many of golf’s major manufacturers.

What to Wear

Dress comfortably. We do not have a dress code at Pine Ridge but there are many golf facilities in our area that do. Get into the habit of checking prior to playing to avoid any issues with attire. Golf shoes, they are helpful but you can play in flat soled athletic shoes. Wearing a golf glove on your lead hand (the one closest to the hole) will help with your grip, and reduce the chance of getting blisters. Gloves usually cost between $15.00 and $20.00 and are a worthwhile investment. Check the selection of golf shoes and gloves in our Pro Shops and take advantage of your Free Player Card Discount.

Where and When do we meet?

Lesson locations are posted on a Whiteboard attached to the building at the Pine Ridge Driving Range.

Typically, the first meetings of Level 1.0 and 1.5 classes will begin on the putting green on the course-side of the club house. Meeting spots for subsequent classes will be announced by your instructor. It is also likely that your instructor will get in touch with you each week with specific information about your scheduled class. “Play 5 at 6:00” groups always meet on the course-side porch of the Pine Ridge club house. Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your class. You want to be warmed up and ready to go physically as well as mentally. Give yourself a few minutes to put your day behind you and get into the proper frame of mind.

rain or shine?

In the event of inclement weather, classes may need to be rescheduled. We will attempt to contact you via text, email or phone in the event of a weather cancellation. Please make sure to provide up to date contact information when you register for instruction. If the weather looks threatening where you are and you have not heard from us, call the pro shop (410-252-1408) to check for cancellations.

More questions? More FAQ Below


What's the best way to start playing golf?

Sign up for a class! Small group instruction is usually best. The most important thing in the beginning is to build a solid fundamental foundation. Our instructors will help you build your foundation and keep you encouraged so you can quickly develop your skills as a golfer.

What about private lessons?

Your schedule and preference for how much attention you need will also play a part in your decision. If you are in a rut or trying to break a bad habit, we recommend private lessons. Learn more about private instruction with our LPGA, PGA and USGTF instructors.

How long should it take a beginner to get out on the course?

There are some variables but if you keep a positive attitude, follow your instructor’s advice, and take some time to practice each week you should be able to get out and play with friends after 8 hours of group classes, that include instruction in basic golf etiquette and speed of play.

Should I take a Level 1.0 or Level 2.0 class?

If you are brand new to the game or haven't played in a very long time, we recommend Level 1.0. We recommend Level 2.0 if you have some experience and have played on the course.There are occasions where we suggest players take Level 1.0 two times. If you miss one or two classes or struggle with some of the techniques, the second time can be a charm!

Where can I practice?

Head to Pine Ridge’s award winning driving range to work on your form and swing mechanics. Get Range Ball Discounts here. Forest Park has a short range. There are short game practice facilities at all 5 BMGC courses and the use of the putting greens is free!

How do I purchase BGA classes, camps and pro shop merchandise to give as a gift for someone else?

Give the Gift of Golf with the Classic Five Gift Card. It's good at all Classic Five Golf Courses and can be used to purchase Baltimore Golf Academy classes, private golf lessons, green fees and food & beverage or merchandise at the golf courses. Purchase online here.


Where do I pay for my clinic/lesson?

Payments may be made online when you schedule your lesson or class. You may also pay in the pro shop, if you are at Pine Ridge. We accept: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and checks made payable to BMGC (Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp) Identification is required when paying by check.

Does the Baltimore Golf Academy have its own lesson area?

Pine Ridge

  • BGA classes utilize the entire Pine Ridge facility, and we have our own lesson area too. Please check the Whiteboard attached to the driveway-side of the building at the range. We usually post class meeting places 1 hour prior to the the start of class.

  • Class Locations usually depend on the topic. Below are general guidelines

    • Full Swing - BGA Practice Area to the right of the driving range as you are looking out, or the driving range under the covered awnings

    • Short Game - Putting green or chipping green near the clubhouse

    • Bunkers - BGA Practice area

Carroll Park - Golf course pro shop

Clifton Park - Golf course pro shop

Forest Park -Starters booth next to the first tee

Mount Pleasant - Golf course pro shop

cancellation policy

We require a 24 hour notice of cancellation for private lessons, classes, clinics and mini camps, NO EXCEPTIONS. If we receive notice of cancellation less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be responsible for payment for that lesson/class/clinic/mini-camp either as a loss of lesson from your series of lessons or as a separate charge. If you must cancel, please contact your professional as soon as possible or contact the golf course’s pro shop and leave a message with a staff member. Let them know your name, who your lesson is with and a number where you can be reached.

intermediate golfers at pine ridge

Small Group Classes

Level 2.0 Intermediate Golfers $125

For golfers with playing experience who want to reach the next level of play. Four hours of advanced fundamental work led by PGA or LPGA instructors.
Topics include:
Putting: Practice drills, breaking putts, reading greens
Chipping and Pitching: Fundamentals and practice drills
Full Swing: Video analysis, drills for distance, accuracy and swing
Bunkers and uneven lies, weather permitting

Level 2.5 Intermediate-Advance Golfers $50/Person

This two hour class is recommended for more advanced golfers and for students who have completed Level 2.0

The first hour will focus on one or two parts of your game and then for the second hour the class will go on the course and transfer what you did on the range directly to the course.

Topics include:
Uneven lies
Playing from the rough
Working the ball
Course management
Short game
Player's choice.

If you have a group of 4 players, we will do a private class for you. Please send us an email and we will follow up with you.

Rookie/Player League 2018

Corporate and Women's Clinics at Pine Ridge

Private Clinics for Groups of 4 to 20 people

Learning opportunities for players of all skill levels • Formatted for new or intermediate players • Effective team building activity • Great way to prepare for Corporate Outings • Food and Beverage Specials can be arranged

New Golfer Clinics

Instruction in putting, pitching, full swing with irons and drivers and a basic introduction to the game.

Two complementary, small buckets of range balls
Free Player Card (Good for 6 Months)
Either a 2 our 4 hour program
Equipment provided for use during clinics, if requested.
Lesson handouts to take home to help with practice.
Instruction, drills and fun contests keep the program lively and all participants engaged.

New Golfer On Course Clinics
Follow up to the New Golfer Clinic takes players on the course to experience actual play.

Presents key elements of basic play
Speed of Play
Rules and Etiquette
Course strategy.
Can be conducted over 1 or 2 days
Prepares new players for corporate outings or scramble events.

Intermediate Golfer Clinics

Full swing, short game, putting, uneven lies and hitting from grass.
Video analysis included if requested.
Led by LPGA or PGA or professionals and assistants
Range balls included when clinics held at range
Green fees covered when clinic includes on course instruction
Equipment for use by participants, if requested in advance

Groups we have hosted

Constellation Energy, Exelon Corp, BGE, Women's Congressional Golf Association, RSM LLP, Niles, Barton & WIlmer, LLC, McCormick International, Design Collective, Inc., M&T Bank, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, JHU Carey Business School, U of MD Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Baltimore School of Law, Executive Women's Golf Association, Pine Ridge Women's Golf Association

Women’s Congressional Golf Association 2018

Women’s Congressional Golf Association 2018

Design Collective

Design Collective

club fitting at pine ridge

Properly fitted golf clubs based on your skill level and physical capacity will help you play better golf and get a greater enjoyment out of your game. We will evaluate your current equipment and provide you with our best recommendations to optimize ball flight and control while delivering maximum distance with latest adjustable equipment. Our goal is to partner with you, the golfer, and provide the best product on the market to help you play better golf.

Why get fitted at Pine Ridge?
• Our fitters are experienced with Ping, Titleist and Callaway fitting systems
• Our certified fitters use the Flightscope Launch Monitor to make sure your clubs fit properly
• Demos clubs are available
• All fittings are conducted on our award winning driving range by certified fitters
• All fittings are free
• Pine Ridge regularly hosts Demo Days with major club manufacturers.

What's involved in a fitting?
Driver Fittings - Our fitters will put you through a state of the art process to find the proper spin, launch angle and ball speed to maximize your distance and accuracy.
Iron Fittings - Our fitters will help you determine what grip, shaft flex, weight and club head design will best fit your game.

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