About Chris Foley Golf Schools

Chris Foley’s golf instruction methods are based on helping the golfer learn why their golf ball is going where it is, and ultimately diagnosing and correcting their own swing. His approach is aided by extensive use of state-of-the-art technology such as the TrackMan Launch Monitor and JC Video Swing Analysis Software.

Chris Foley
PGA Master Professional & Director of Instruction at Cragun’s Legacy Courses

Chris Foley’s mission is to increase enjoyment of the game of golf through a holistic instructional program. This program includes golf instruction, club fitting, course management, rules and etiquette. The focus of his instruction is based on the individual’s goals and ability level, while always adhering to the proper fundamentals of golf. His approach is for long-term improvement with short-term results and success.

Full Bio

Chris’s passion for the game of golf began as a 10-year-old at Emeis Golf Course in Davenport Iowa. He quickly became consumed with the game. Legendary Iowa PGA Professional Jim Hasley was Chris’s first mentor and teacher and gave Chris his first job in golf at the age of 14.


Chris’s and his family’s life have revolved around the game of golf and he has spread his passion for the game to his three children. His oldest son Michael is a golf professional at Seminole Golf Club and Interlachen Country Club and played college golf at the University of Northern Iowa. His son Joe played golf and recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and is a teaching professional at the Golf Performance Center at Sea Island Golf Club. Chris’s daughter Katie plays high school golf with plans to play at the college level and a possible career in the golf industry. Amy, Chris’s wife, plays an interregnal part in the operation of Chris Foley Golf and teaches our entry level junior program, SNAG.


The main focus of Chris’s professional career has been increasing the enjoyment of golfers through his instruction programs. One of his main focuses has been his multi-level Junior Golf Development Program. The program annually introduces 100+ kids to the game and has produces over 80 college golfers over the past 20 years.


Chris’s students include internationally ranked amateurs, club professional, and passionate golfers from around the world.


A member of the PGA of America since 1992, Chris is one of only 330 Professionals to have earned Master Professional status. His summer programs are conducted at Cragun’s Legacy Courses in Brainerd, MN and he splits his winter between the Legacy and Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells, CA.

Work History
  • Present – Owner Chris Foley Golf/Director of Instruction – Cragun’s Legacy Courses
  • Present – Teaching Professional – Eldorado Country Club, Indian Wells, CA
  • Director of Golf – The Members Club, Columbia, SC 2010-2012
  • Head Golf Professional – Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN 1997-2010
  • Head Golf Professional – Glen Oaks Country Club, West Des Moines, IA 1995-1997
  • Assistant Golf Professional – Wakonda Club, Des Moines, IA 1991-1995
  • Assistant Golf Professional – Des Moines Golf and Country Club, West Des Moines, IA 1989-1991
Achievements and Accolades
  • Member of the PGA of America since 1992
  • PGA Master Professional of Instruction
  • 2020 Minnesota Section Player Development Award
  • 2019 Minnesota Section Junior Golf Development Award
  • 2008 Minnesota Section PGA Facility Promoter of the Year
  • 2002 Minnesota Section PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2004 Callaway National Club Fitter of the Year
  • Number One ranked Teachers in Minnes
  • ota by Golf Digest Magazine

  • Top Teachers in Region by GOLF Magazine
  • T&L Golf’s Master Class of Teaching Pros in America
  • USA Junior National Team Coach
Golf Services
  • World Class Individual Lessons
  • Group Instruction
  • Putting Instruction
  • Junior Clinics and Development
  • Club Fitting
  • Game Analysis
  • TrackMan Launch Monitor
  • JC Video Swing Analysis Software
  • Mental Game Profile Workshop

Lead Instructor - Chris Foley Golf

Ryan Sharpe is passionate in engaging players in the game and developing players for success both on and off the golf course.

Work History
  • Lead Golf Professional – The Classic at Madden’s
  • General Manager/Director of Golf – Willingers Golf Club
  • Caddie – Nationwide Tour
  • Graduate from San Degio Golf Academy
Golf Services
  • Individual Lessons
  • Group Instruction
  • Putting Instruction
  • Junior Clinics and Development
  • Club Fitting
  • Game Analysis
  • TrackMan Launch Monitor

The Legacy Courses at Cragun's

Craguns Legacy Courses

The three incredible Cragun’s Legacy Courses stand out among the many exceptional golf courses on the Brainerd Golf Trail, one of the “World’s Top Golf Destinations.”
The Legacy’s unique 45-holes of golf can all be played out of the beautiful 35,000 square foot Legacy Clubhouse, featuring a sports bar, restaurant and pro shop—all at one location. The Legacy Pro Shop boasts the latest gear and all club cars, equipped with Pro Link GPS. Plus, you’ll receive the legendary service that sets Cragun’s Legacy Courses apart from the rest.

Reversible Par 3 Course

Inspired by the layout of the historic St. Andrew’s course in Scotland, the reversible 9-hole, par 27 course with 18 tees that alternate daily is ideal for practice, group plan and a place for families and novices to have fun and learn the game.Pull carts, rental power carts and clubs are available.

Bobby’s Legacy

Bobby’s Legacy is named after the master, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.What appears to be close at hand, within easy distance, may not be as easy to achieve as it looks.The front 9 features some elusive, shorter par 4s that blend with long, tough par 4s and a par 5 with a waterfall cascading along the green to challenge all the shots in a golfer’s arsenal.Beware the subtle slopes that Bobby has masterfully worked into the greens, testing your nerves on those tricky three and four foot putts.The Back nine features more elusive, shorter par 4s that blend with longer and more difficult par 4s.Players will enjoy a blend of low lying areas near numerous wetlands, elevation changes, dramatic lake vistas and the Legacy brand of scenic holes.

Dutch Legacy

The Dutch course features six Par 3’s, six Par 4’s, and six Par 5’s.Multiple tee complexes make the course eminently payable for each level golfer, keeping it interestingly fun and different each time it’s played.By winding 8 of 9 holes among wetlands and marshes, the back 9 is designed to capture the beauty of the preserved wetlands and woods.It is dedicated to the proposition that a championship course can challenge a player both mentally and physically, yet still be friendly to all levels of golfers.It draws out the thinker in every player.