Golf Academy

The Lakewood Ranch Golf Academy is set at the world class facilities of Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club.

With its 3 beautiful 18 hole golf courses and first class practice facilities it offers everything a player will need to improve their game.

The Lakewood Ranch Golf Academy teaches the entire game to every player, whether you are a beginner or a Tour Professional, you can benefit from our teaching programs. Using state of the art V1 Digital Video Analysis we can analyze your swing and show you the most efficient way for you to swing a golf club.                   

Jon Bullas’ Teaching Philosophy – Jon’s teaching methods are a blend of experience, education and imagination. Jon looks at every player as an individual to form a holistic approach to coaching. The goal is to find the best way for a player to swing the golf club. This involves looking at the body type of the player to create a movement that functions efficiently. Using the impact facts that create the ball flight laws Jon can help a player improve their swing. Learning how to score better is the goal of any player, the short game and course management are a big piece to the puzzle. Jon can show you tried and tested short game skills along with ways of thinking on the golf course that can enhance any player’s game.

"No two swings are or should be the same, every player brings something unique."
Jon Bullas          

  • Jon Bullas, Golf Academy Instructor
    • Department: Golf 

      Position:  Director of Instruction 

      Phone: (941) 961-9329 


      Jon brings over 20 years of worldwide experience in the game of golf to you. Through gaining knowledge of playing the game at every level, Jon has created a holistic approach to coaching. Studying every area of the game with some of the world’s leading instructors has helped Jon develop his proven teaching system. Jon mentored under Jim Hardy and Plane Truth Golf, he uses Mr. Hardy’s +/- system when evaluating a new student. This allows Jon to prescribe the best fix for the student and see immediate improvements in technique and consequently the ball flight. Players of all ages and abilities can learn all aspects of the game. Students learn using state of the art teaching studio including TrackMan launch monitor, Swing Catalyst balance plate with high speed video, K-Vest 3D and SAM PuttLab.

      Golf Coaching Experience
      • Awarded PGA Advanced Professional status
      • Plane Truth Golf Level 2 Certified
      • TrackMan Level 2 Certified
      • K-Vest 3D Level 2 Certified
      • SAM PuttLab Level 2 Certified
      • TPI Golf Fitness Certified
      • US Kids Certified Coach and Top 50 Honorable Mention
      • Master Club-Maker and Fitter
      • Titleist Staff member
      • Nike Staff Athlete

      Notable Students
      European Tour – James Heath
      LPGA / Symetra Tour – Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Anya Alvarez, Rachel Connor, Caroline Powers and Ericka Schneider
      Web Dot Com – Joey Lameille
      Other Professionals – Chris Kennedy, Sam Osborne,
      2009 US Amateur Champion – Byeong-Hun An (assistant coach)
      World Long Drive – Kevin Shook
      AJGA winners
      2017 China U-13 National Girls Champion
      2014 & 2015 Florida State 13-15 Boys Team Champions
      Playing Experience
      Following a decorated junior career competing at national level, Jon moved to Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University on a golf scholarship. After turning Professional in October 2000 he played PGA Tour LatinoAmerica, Golden Bear Tour, PGA Europro Tour, Challenge Tour and PGA South Region. Jon won numerous times in his PGA Region before switching his sole focus to coaching in 2005.


  • Nathan Bertsch - Certified Golf Instructor
    •  Nathan Bertsch - Certified Golf Instructor

      Nathan teaches a holistic approach to the game which gives equal care in helping his students understand the physical, mental, nutritional, and technical aspects of becoming a great golfer. He understands that there are many ways to swing the club, everyone comes from a different genetic makeup, and therefore no one can have the same exact swing. He uses a set of fundamental parameters to simply guide each player to being the best they can be. Nathan defines a good golf swing as “one that has maximum time to make minimal compensations” and a bad swing as “one that has minimal time to make maximum compensations”.

      Nathan had been an IMG Academy golf instructor for the past 8 years and earned the title of a Senior Certified Golf Instructor. Other Certifications and Technology experience includes being 6 year Leadbetter Certified, Trackman Certified, Trained in using the SAM Putting Lab System, and V1 Software. He has worked with top level junior golfers, amateurs, and professionals from around the world. Notable students Nathan has worked with include:
      • Ginger Howard (LPGA/Symetra Tour)- 2 Time Medalist at 2nd Stage of LPGA Q-School , AJGA All-American, Junior Ryder Cup Team, 7 Victories on the Suncoast Women’s Tour. 2 Time Medalist at 2nd Stage of LPGA Q-School
      • Scott Harvey (Top Ranked Mid-Amateur in the World 2014-Present)-2015 Walker Cup Team Member, Played in 2015 Masters, 2014 US Mid-Amateur Champion, 2015 South American Amateur Champion, 2014 Cardinal Amateur Champion, 2011-2015 Carolina’s Amateur Player of the Year Honors, Only player to be 3 time stroke play medalist at the US Mid-Amateur Championship, 2014 & 2016 Concession Cup Team Member, 3 Time Carolina’s Mid-Amateur Champion.
      • James Yoon- AJGA All-American and ranked top 10 on Jr Golf Scoreboard prior to graduating. Played college for University of California, Berkeley

      Nathan was a AJGA All-American in 1995. He was ranked top 20 in Golf Week as a junior prior to being recruited to play college golf for Florida State University. Nathan was an ACC All-American in 1997 & 1998 and played on the winning team of the 1998 US Collegiate. Turned Professional in December of 2000 and played on various mini-tours such as the NGA Hooters Tour and the eTour. Competed in PGA Tour Q-school in 2001,2004, and 2005. Lowest score in a professional event is a 61.

                                  "Through the seven years I have worked with Nate, I feel that I have grown with my golf and character. He is not only my coach, but is my friend. Through his teaching he shows that he cares"  -  Ginger Howard, LPGA
                              Ginger Howard at The Junior Ryder Cup. Winning team with Jordan Speith and Justin Thomas                                           

  • Individual Programs
    • 1 Hour

      Using V1 Video your swing will be analyzed. Combining your movement pattern and ball flight we will make the changes that are necessary to produce a more efficient swing that creates the desired ball flight. Incorporate drills and exercises to help speed up the improvement. Your video lesson will be e-mailed to you.

      2 Hour

      This gives the player an extended Video Lesson and Flightscope Launch Monitor evaluation. Your video lesson will be e-mailed to you along with the Launch results.

      Old fashion Quick Fix

      30 minute look at your swing to provide a good feel for your next game. No video involved.

      Short Game

      The short shots require precision that comes from good technique. The address position is vital to chipping, pitching and sand shots. You can have an in-depth session on one area or share your session with a few types of short shots.


      Gain an understanding how your stroke can create a square impact required to roll the ball. Looking at the ball performance we can make adjustments to your stroke to produce optimum spin on the ball. Your video lesson will be e-mailed to you.

      Playing Lesson

      Play 9 holes under our guidance. Focusing on the factors that help you improve as a player. Course management, pre-shot routine, green reading, etiquette and more…

      *24 Hour Cancellation Policy*

      Member and non-member pricing offered.

  • Group Programs
    • Half Day School

      Custom design your three hour session to suit your needs. This can include an intense swing session or total game evaluation. Share the experience with a partner or friend. Available Mon-Fri 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm.

      3 Day Schools

      The ultimate game improvement package. Spend 3 mornings working on all areas of your game. Receive a complete guide to continued improvement and e-mail video of the experience. Take a well earned lunch break in our highly rated restaurant followed by 18 holes on one of our Championship golf courses. The 3 day school is based on 2 or more people in a group.

      24-Hour Cancellation Policy

      Member and non-member pricing offered.

  • Junior Programs
    • Junior 1 Hour

      A coaching session designed to be age and skill specific. Building solid fundamentals in a relaxed and fun environment.
      Juniors (Aged 6- 16)

      Member and non-member pricing offered.