The Duran Academy of Golf Instructional Staff at Duran Golf Club realize each and every golfer responds to different educational approaches. Our Golf Professional Staff will develop a curriculum tailored to each individual student, based on athleticism, current level of play, specific goals, and the time available to reach those goals.

The staff at Duran believes in providing students with the understanding of Golf’s “fundamentals.” With that knowledge, students better understand relationships between grip, posture, alignment, and swing motion.

Justin Blazer
PGA, Director of Instruction

Originally from Yorktown, Virginia, Justin Blazer developed an interest in teaching golfers through the development of his own game. While Justin’s golfing journey began as a teenager, it always took a backseat to other sports. As a standout basketball player through college, Justin’s competitive spirit was fueled once again when he started regularly joining his college golf team practices. This led to Justin’s interest in golf instruction and, backed by the same competitive spirit that drove him in sports, he eventually became a PGA Class A Teaching Professional. Today, as part of his journey in the golf industry, Justin actively plays in PGA sectional events, with a dream to qualify for the PGA Professional National Championship.

Justin’s true passion, however, lies in working with juniors and the growth of junior golf. As Director of Instruction at the Duran Academy of Golf, Justin has established a breadth of junior programs for newcomers and competitive players. Many of his juniors have had tremendous success and currently compete at an elite level such as the U.S. Kids World Championships and other premier junior golf championships. This work has not gone unnoticed, as Justin has been awarded a two-time U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Teacher, which recognizes the top junior golf instructors in the country.

Justin has also worked with many LPGA and Senior Tour players as their putting and short game instructor, including Sir Nick Faldo. He has also caddied in multiple tour events and Q-schools for some of his students as a result of his expertise in green reading, tournament preparation and on-course strategy.

Justin has appeared in instructional videos on Golfweek.com and FoxSports.com and other popular publications and blogs. He also serves as both a U.S. Kids Golf certified instructor specializing in teaching, fitting and competition for ages 6-12. Additionally, he is 1 of only 14 Aimpoint Certified Level 2 Instructors in the world, which enables Justin to teach students on the finer points of putting, including how to read greens and accurately predict break.

Justin earned a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a focus in Recreational Programming, Leadership and Coaching from Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Matthew T. Morrison
PGA, Head Golf Professional

Matt Morrison joined the Duran Staff in September of 2011. His background includes over 17 years in the golf industry, and has been a member of the PGA of America since 2002. Matt relocated to Florida from Michigan, where he served as Director of Golf Operations at the Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms, Suttons Bay for the last 9 years. Matt graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing in their Professional Golf Management Program.

Matt’s responsibilities include direction and management of the Golf Operations, development of programs and events, and supervision of staff. Matt can be reached at 321-504-7776 ext. 7340 or email at mtm@durangolf.com.

 

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Testimonies From Matt’s Students

“Matt Morrison has given the gift of golf to my family. His teaching style has made my teen sons into life-long golfers and his general “cool, let’s do it” attitude has kept it fun and enjoyable.”
–Mario Batali, World Famous Iron Chef, Restaurateur, and Media Personality


“With Matt’s iPad video analysis, it’s like having a 15th club in the bag.  No traipsing back to the clubhouse to watch the computer.  You can put his thoughtful swing tweaks into action immediately–and then doublecheck whether you’ve gotten it right.”
–Rick Smith, Former CEO and Editor in Chief, Newsweek Magazine

Peter Watts (Assistant Golf Professional)

Peter Watts joined the Duran Staff in September of 2016. Having graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Orlando in 2015, Watts will bring new ideas and fresh thinking to Duran. He earned his teaching certificate through the Academy along with a degree in Criminal Justice from Schoolcraft College in Michigan.  Watts relocated to Florida from Michigan where he worked as the Assistant Golf Professional at Treetops Resort in Gaylord.  Watts will be responsible for providing an exceptional experience for Duran’s guests, assisting the Professional staff with the day to day operation of the clubs golf related activities, tournaments, leagues and outings, as well as teaching golf lessons at the Development Center.  He can be contacted at (321) 504-7776 x7345.email at pw@durangolf.com.

Matthew T. Morrison
PGA, Head Golf Professional

Matt Morrison joined the Duran Staff in September of 2011. His background includes over 17 years in the golf industry, and has been a member of the PGA of America since 2002. Matt relocated to Florida from Michigan, where he served as Director of Golf Operations at the Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms, Suttons Bay for the last 9 years. Matt graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing in their Professional Golf Management Program.

Matt’s responsibilities include direction and management of the Golf Operations, development of programs and events, and supervision of staff. Matt can be reached at 321-504-7776 ext. 7340 or email at mtm@durangolf.com.

 

Click here to book a private lesson
Click here to view the most recent teaching video

Testimonies From Matt’s Students

“Matt Morrison has given the gift of golf to my family. His teaching style has made my teen sons into life-long golfers and his general “cool, let’s do it” attitude has kept it fun and enjoyable.”
–Mario Batali, World Famous Iron Chef, Restaurateur, and Media Personality


“With Matt’s iPad video analysis, it’s like having a 15th club in the bag.  No traipsing back to the clubhouse to watch the computer.  You can put his thoughtful swing tweaks into action immediately–and then doublecheck whether you’ve gotten it right.”
–Rick Smith, Former CEO and Editor in Chief, Newsweek Magazine

Peter Watts (Assistant Golf Professional)

Peter Watts joined the Duran Staff in September of 2016. Having graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Orlando in 2015, Watts will bring new ideas and fresh thinking to Duran. He earned his teaching certificate through the Academy along with a degree in Criminal Justice from Schoolcraft College in Michigan.  Watts relocated to Florida from Michigan where he worked as the Assistant Golf Professional at Treetops Resort in Gaylord.  Watts will be responsible for providing an exceptional experience for Duran’s guests, assisting the Professional staff with the day to day operation of the clubs golf related activities, tournaments, leagues and outings, as well as teaching golf lessons at the Development Center.  He can be contacted at (321) 504-7776 x7345.email at pw@durangolf.com.