Golf enthusiasts in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Ontario, Canada area have been improving their games for years at the highly rated Mel Sole Golf School (formerly known as Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School). The school is located at Holiday Valley Ski & Golf Resort in Ellicottville, N.Y., which is 50 miles south of Buffalo on Route 219.

Holiday Valley is a gorgeous resort known for its first-class lodging, the beautiful and challenging Double Black Diamond golf course, multiple swimming pools, scenic hiking and biking trails, plus many other amenities for the whole family.

GOLF Magazine has ranked the Mel Sole Golf School “Top 25 USA Golf Schools” for 10 straight years and said “this group has done it longer and better than any school.”

TripAdvisor has just bestowed its coveted Certificate of Excellence award on the academy for the more than 100 five-star reviews posted by recent students.

Each week this summer, beginning May 17, 2013, golfers of all skill levels (beginner to advanced) can take 3 half-day schools, 1- and 2-day programs, private lessons and group clinics. Video analysis and a personal lesson/drills video is emailed to each student.

James Arbogast returns this year to head up the instruction for the Sole academy. Arbogast is one of the highly trained and regarded teaching staff led by former South African Tour player and acclaimed instructor Mel Sole.

Corporate groups are also welcome, and instruction is tailored to accommodate the needs of meeting attendees, who enjoy making use of Holiday Valley’s conference and banquet facilities.

Tuition is reasonable. Juniors who are accompanied by an adult only pay half price for 1–3 day schools. Groups of two or more receive significant discounts, and the afternoon clinics for only $35 per golfer can’t be beat.

For more information, call (843) 237-4993 or 1-800-624-4653, or visit the school’s website at