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 believes in a holistic approach to growing the game of golf and his student’s enjoyment of the game. He achieves this philosophy by offering multiple game improvement services at the Chris Foley Golf School at Cragun’s Legacy Courses in Brainerd, MN.

Full Bio

Chris Foley has grown and enhanced his skills by learning from the best in the industry. His biggest influences have been from world-renowned instructors Hank Haney and Mike Shannon. Haney is consistently recognized as one of the top teachers in the world and has worked with over 100 PGA and LPGA Tour players. Mike Shannon is one of the best putting instructors in the world, currently teaching 30+ Tour players and some of the top amateurs in the country. He has been extremely innovative and influential in putting instruction.


The main focus of his professional career has been increasing the enjoyment of golfers through his instruction programs. Foley annually gives 1000+ individual lessons along with many different group offerings including his Junior Golf Development Program. In the last 20 years, over 70 of Foley’s students have gone on to play at the collegiate level. Chris Foley Golf takes advantage of the latest in technology to enhance the learning experience. He was the first professional in Minnesota using TrackMan. TrackMan is the gold standard in radar technology for teaching and fitting.


Chris has been a member of the PGA of America since 1992. His hard work and dedication to growing the game has made him one of only 57 members to be granted the Master Professional of Instruction status. His professionalism and passion for the game has allowed him to work at some of the best courses in the United States.

Work History
  • 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
  • USA Junior National Team Coach · 2002 Minnesota Section PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2008 Minnesota Section PGA Facility Promoterof the Year
  • 2004 Callaway National Club Fitter of the Year
  • Top 2 Teachers in Minnesota by Golf Digest Magazine
  • Top Teachers in Region by GOLF Magazine
  • T&L Golf’s Master Class of Teaching Pros in America
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.