Designed to create golfers who play golf either recreationally or competitively for a lifetime, The Imel Golf Academy utilizes a teaching, playing and coaching philosophy using the Operation 36 program. Academy programs are offered to juniors, ladies and men on different days of the week.  The Academy strives to challenge students, regardless of their skill level 


Operation 36 reverses the process that most people use to try and learn golf, which is start at the tee and move towards the green. Operation 36 starts the player at the green and moves them backwards toward their full tee box. Students begin at (yards) Then move to 50 yds (Div 2), 100yds (Div 3), 150 yds (Div 4), 200yds and finally their full tee box based upon age. Each time they are able to score a 36 they move to the next division.




To Get Golf Ready means you will learn everything you need to know to play golf in just a few short lessons. You may not be ready for the Tour or even a tee time on Saturday morning, still you will certainly build your comfort and confidence and will be able to go play this great game with family and friends.  Each session will focus on the various golf skills you will use while playing.  In addition to learning the basics, you will be guided into the golf course to put your skills into action in a casual, friendly setting. This is a short term program.


FOR AGES 6 - 16 

Full day camps are for ages 9-16 and half day camps are for ages 6-13.  Camps are one week programs and a short term introduction to golf.

Courses are available for all skill levels!



Individual golf lessons in a one on one format. 

Please contact Bruce Imel, PGA for more details. 260-824-4465.


The Coach

Bruce Imel, PGA is a golf pro with 40 years of golf experience that includes playing, teaching and coaching.    Imel is director of golf for Imel Group Golf Academy at Timber Ridge. The academy is dedicated to creating and improving golfers of all abilities.  Imel is also the boys high school golf coach of his alma mater Norwell High School. Imel played collegiately at Huntington University, where he is only one of three golfers inducted into the Hall of Fame.  He holds numerous records including the school scoring record of 64 for 18 holes. Imel is also the owner of Timber Ridge Golf Course.



Operation 36 is the absolute best program for golfers of all ages and of all skill levels.  Learning how to take your game to the next level in stages from green to tee is a super way to improve on your skills.  I have been Major's swing coach for many years, but with Bruce's great teaching methods and the Operation 36 program he will be able to learn so much more in a structured environment.  The mobile app does a great job of rewarding hard work with points and it also creates a sense of competition because students can see how others are doing and it motivates them to go out and work hard or harder.  Our son has a goal of playing college golf and he has participated in numerous summer leagues and summer camps, but Operation 36 gives him the tools to hopefully achieve that goal by improving his talents on the course as well as off the course with nutrition and the mental side of the game.  I would recommend this program to anyone!


Jason Spiegel