DeKalb Park District Golf Instruction
Pam Tyska, LPGA/PGA Professional
Jay Appel, PGA Professional
Our experienced golf instructors offer a variety of private, semi-private, and group instruction opportunities for golfers of all skill levels. Clubs available if needed.
Junior Golf Lessons
Establish a solid golf foundation while developing your child's love for the game. Our fun-based instruction is age appropriate and teaches children simple golf techniques, basic rules, safety and golf etiquette..Lessons are held at Buena Vista Golf Course range and putting/chipping greens.
Instruction lead by PGA Golf Professional - Jay Appel
4-6 year olds
Tues & Thurs | noon-12:50pm
7-10 year olds
Tues & Thurs | 10:45-11:45am
11-14 year olds
Tues & Thurs | 9:30-10:30am
Private Golf Instruction
Invest in your game...not eqipment!
A variety of private, semi-private, and group instruction opportunities for golfers of all skill levels.
To make private golf instruction arrangements:
Visit or call either Golf Course - RH (815) 758-1550 or BV (815) 758-4812
Pam Tyska at (815) 761-1229
Jay Appel at (480) 773-3163
Golf 101 for Women
This session for women golfers includes basic instruction on grip, stance and swing mechanics. Then, move to the course with the instructor to learn course etiquette, club selection, and tips on pace of play, putting, chipping, and driving.
1-2 students (30 minutes) | $60ea
3-4 students (45 minutes) | $50ea
Adult Group Lessons
Are you interested in learning the game or need a refresher? Learn the basic fundamentals including instruction on grip, swing fundamentals, short game, and putting. Lessons will be held on the driving range and putting green.
2 students (30 minutes) | $35ea
3-5 students (1 hour) | $30ea
6-8 students (1 hour) | $20ea
One 30 minute lesson | $45
4 pack of 30-minute lessons | $155
Repeat 4 pack (same season) | $150
Jr. Golf Mentoring Program
Customized program to guide juniors (4th grade through high school) in building their skills, and improving their games to reach their goals from high school team interests, local/regional & national summer competitions and all divisions of collegiate golf experiences. Programs designed with skill instruction as well as on course management as students build their own error correction system. Preparation for competition will be covered and travel with the student within maximum radius for tournament practice rounds can be arranged. Price varies with scope of student’s experiences.
Advanced Player Training Packages (adults)
Has your golf game plateaued? This training program will take you to the next level. Designed to enhance your individual performance, the class features two hours of instruction, including error correction strategies and course management. *Instruction may occur on or off the course, at Buena Vista or River Heights.
2 hour lessons...$155
LPGA & PGA Professional
DeKalb Park District
Northern Illinois University
As a twenty-six year veteran NIU Women’s Head Golf Coach, Pam Tyska knows exactly how to teach the fundamentals and playing strategies of golf in a way that leads to success. Pam retired from coaching at NIU in 2012. Throughout her career, she repeatedly earned the professional respect of her peers winning top honors for her service, contributions to sport advancement and multiple Coach of the Year honors. She was selected to the elite group of clinicians for the NCAA’s Youth Education through Sports (YES) developmental clinics every year since program inception. The clinics help potential collegiate golfers in their total development. Pam was also a participant at the Remax Long Drive World Championship. Through her work with DeKalb Park District she was a finalist for the U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teachers award.
Jay is a graduate of Arizona State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness and Professional Golf Management. He is a Class A PGA Professional with the desire to use his knowledge of the business and game of golf to help others play better. Growing up having a father as a Golf Professional, Jay has spent his entire life playing golf and working in the business. His best scoring day came when he shot 10 under par 62 setting the course record in a morning tournament round and went out that afternoon with friends and shot another 62. He has been teaching and playing in the Northern Illinois area since 2009.