to the Bob Burns Golf Learning Center, Fox Valley’s premier
outdoor golf practice facility. The objective of the Bob Burns
Golf Learning Center is to provide a facility that caters to the
needs of today’s golfer. The center provides an enjoyable
place for the whole family to practice and learn the game of
golf. The goal of the Center is to develop a stimulating learning
atmosphere for the beginning golfer and yet satisfy the more
intensive practice and learning needs for the intermediate and
advance golfer. The Bob Burns Golf Learning Center will make
it possible for golfers of all ages to understand the basic principles
of the golf swing, while helping each student reach a better
understanding of his or her potential.
As a teacher, Bob is aware that the age and physical characteristics of each student will vary, so he utilizes a versatile teaching concept that applies to a broad spectrum of students. He continues to attend P.G.A. teaching seminars in order to update his teaching techniques and concepts, so that he is able to better communicate the most-up-to-date learning innovations to his students. His philosophy is “those who dare to teach must never cease to learn”.
With state-of-art video and computer technology,
Bob will develop an individualized instruction program
for any golfer’s needs. As a P.G.A. Master Professional
with 50 years’ teaching experience, he has developed
a comprehensive knowledge of the mechanics of the
golf swing and possesses a proven ability to communicate
that information to his students. He has set up a framework
by which he can give his students proper instruction along
with exercises and drills to enhance their golf swing and
improve their game. Bob works with his students to build
a repetitive golf swing and a solid foundation for continuing
Bob’s Appleton facility has putting and chipping greens as well as a large sand bunker to enhance practice drills. Bob can help you with your short game problems and show you how to use all the different clubs for pitching, chipping, and blasting from the sand (even from those nasty buried lies!). Players lose most of their strokes around the green. Therefore, developing technique and touch from up close is the quickest way to lower your score.
A variety of instruction and information is available for every golfer at the Bob Burns Golf Learning Center. Club selection, fitting, club repair, private lessons, and corporate group lessons are available. Clinics and lessons for men, women, and juniors are offered year-round both inside and outside. Come see us for a tune-up or a full program of instruction!
Experience in the Golf Industry______________________________
Bob Burns is in an elite group of only 200 P.G.A.
Master Professionals. Bob is considered a subject
matter expert in club fitting, club making, club design
and club repair, of which he wrote his Masters Thesis.
Before building his golf academy, learning center and
golf club manufacturing facility, Bob worked at private,
public, and golf resort facilities for over 40 years. In
addition to working as a club pro, Bob has successfully
built and repaired clubs. Some of his students and
customers include: Bob Hope, Ray Nitchke, Mike Ditka,
Mike Holmgren, Joe Montana, Marty Schottenheimer, Jim
Mora, Tony Kubek, and many others.
Professional Golf Instructor___________________________________
Bob was one of the original staff members of the Education Department of the P.G.A.training program. Bob has given schools for the P.G.A. of America at the Tommy Armour and Ben Hogan Golf Companies and at Ferries State University for its professional Golf Management program. Bob has the knowledge of an engineer and the technical skills of a craftsman: as a P.G.A. Master Professional he knows how to analyze the individual characteristics of a player’s swing. Therefore, Bob can recommend specific components necessary to tailor custom golf clubs for each person. Such specifics include head shape, shaft flex and kick point, length, grip size and loft and lie. Already a pioneer in club design, making, and repairing, he developed an assortment of adaptive appliances and devices for those missing digits and limbs to improve the lives of those with disabilities. This led to Bob's selection as the State of Wisconsin 2007 P.G.A. Teacher of the Year.
The Bob Burns Golf Learning Center Facility__________
Bob has designed the most complete golf practice
and learning center in the Fox Valley for all levels of
golfers to enjoy. The Bob Burns Golf Learning Center
is located about a half a mile north of Richmond Street
(just a block off Country JJ.) The Bob Burns Golf
Learning Center is built on 20 acres of land. The practice
range utilizes a crescent shaped tee area so that it is easy
for golfers to aim at all six elevated championship sized
target greens. These greens were constructed by Mike
Lanko of the Pete Dye design group for Whistling Straits/
Blackwolf Run and Harbour Town, Hilton Head, South
Carolina. The target greens range from 50, 100, 150,
175, 200, and 250 yards.
Not only does this premier facility contain a hitting range, but it also includes two large USGA putting and chipping greens. The greens are seeded with penncross bentgrass. The pitching green also features a huge bunker that wraps halfway around the green with real bunker sand. Two large ponds on each side of the greens facilitate the irrigation for the entire complex. Bob has developed this premier practice and teaching facility in order to analyze every type of golf shot you’ll need to take your game to the next level.
Club fitting and manufacturing________________________________
Bob Burns is recognized for over 50 years of teaching,
club fitting, and club manufacturing. His facility features
a high-tech launch monitor, along with simulators, swing
computers and video, to assist in the club teaching/fitting
process. The video and swing computers analyze a golfer’s
motion instantly. The swing is captured on the monitor and
gives the golfer a complete assessment of the club face
angle at impact. It also identifies the weight distribution at
address, at the top, and at impact, along with the golfers
ball flight and yardage for each club. In addition, Bob and
his staff compare and contrast clubs to help you achieve
optimal ball flight trajectory at his outdoor facility.
In addition to being a PGA Master Professional, Bob is also a master club maker. Bob’s club making has been featured in a variety of major golf publications throughout his career. With a careful sequence of measurements, Bob can custom fit clubs to a golfer for length, lie, loft, shaft flex, and grip size. Bob and his staff can custom build a whole set featuring either lightweight steel or graphite shafts for both woods and irons within a week's time. Bob Burns Custom Clubs include a wide variety of different styles, shapes, and designs, all with the newest technology available to give a golfer maximum performance. Bob offers both stainless steel and titanium woods in oversize and shallow face models. Bob is also one of the few clubmakers who still manufactures hand crafted Persimmon and Laminated Maple woods in both classic and oversized heads. These include vintage styles that resemble the Eye-o-Matic Tommy Armour woods initially made by the Macregor Company in the 1950’s, and newer oversized models that incorporate both tradition and technology. Bob has refined these oversized woods with a larger face profile and fiber insert to increase the effective sweet spot by as much as 35%.
Bob offers the most complete club repair service in the United States. Bob Burns repairs all major makes of woods and irons along with complete refinishing, re-shafting, re-gripping, and restoration. Bob uses state-of-the-art machinery to aid in the club repair process.
Some of the other general repairs for the Persimmon and Laminated Maple Woods include:
Changing swing weight or replacing loose weight
Tightening loose heads and re-whipping
Repairing split and damaged necks
Repairing or replacing broken face inserts with cycoloc or fiber
Changing bulge and roll
Iron repair consists of changing lie and loft on
both forged and investment cast stainless steel
irons, changing swing weight, tightening loose
heads, changing length, removing rattles, polishing
and sandblasting stainless irons, and re-chroming
and sandblasting forged irons. In addition to these
services, Bob will repair heads with shafts broken
off at the neck.