Superstition Mountain is proud to have the 2011 National PGA Teacher of the Year, Mike Malaska, as our Director of Instruction.

Golf Instruction is available from Mike Malaska, as well as from outstanding Golf Professionals at Superstition Mountain. Instruction is open to all golfers, ranging from low to high handicaps, with a variety of programs including video analysis, on-course instruction, private lessons and golf schools. 

Any program can be customized to fit your individual needs. From beginners, to those who need to take those few extra strokes out of their game to reach their full playing ability, our instructors are ready for your call. 

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+ Mike Malaska
Mike Malaska’s career has spanned over 37 years of instruction as well as competing at the highest professional levels on the Asian Golf Tour and the PGA and Champions Tours since turning pro in 1976. He has based his golf instruction philosophy on decades of “putting his knowledge to the test” in competition. His understanding of the golf swing, as well as his expertise at being able to analyze his student’s own physical capabilities, has made him one of the most sought after instructors in the world today. Mike has spent countless hours researching every aspect of playing and teaching the game. He has compared hundreds of different philosophies from the vast number of golf instructors, and now has simplified how the game should be taught. His goal is for every player, at any age and skill level, or with any physical handicap, to be able to enjoy and reap the rewards of the game.

A graduate of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, he was a college “All American” in 1974 and was inducted into the University’s “Athletic Hall of Fame” in February 1999. Weber State honored Mike in September, 2013 with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” for his service to his community and to the University’s Golf Program.

Malaska has competed in a number of Asian Tour, PGA, and Champions Tour events, including the 1988, 2009, and 2010 PGA Championships, and the 1982, 1986 U.S. Open Championships as well as the 2006 PGA National Club Pro and 2011 PGA Senior Championship. Mike won the 2011 Southwest Section “Senior Player of the Year”, and the 2013 Southwest Senior Section Championship with scores of 68, 68.

Awarded the “Utah Section PGA Teacher of the Year” (1996), the “Southwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year” (2010) and the “PGA National Teacher of the Year” (2011), Malaska is a highly sought-after guest lecturer throughout the world. He has spoken at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits, the World Golf Fitness Summit in 2012 and numerous national corporate functions. He has appeared many times on the Golf Channel and in television commercials for products that he has endorsed.

Honored as one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers” since 2000, and currently ranked 15th in Golf Digest’s Ranking of the Top 50 Instructors, he has been featured in hundreds of publications including cover stories for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and PGA Magazines.

In 2004, Malaska produced his own instructional DVD, "You Are Your Own Swing," featuring detailed golf and fitness instruction. In June of 2013, Malaska authored and released his first instructional book,“I Feel Your Pain,” (with the forward written by Jack Nicklaus) to rave reviews. 

Mike worked alongside the late Jim Flick with the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools from 1991 through 2002 and served as director of instruction for the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center in Tokyo, Japan (1992-1995). He was voted “Teacher of the Year” in Japan in 1993. Malaska has worked as a consultant to TaylorMade/Adidas Golf Worldwide since 2002, and presently travels the nation educating their staff professionals. Malaska established Malaska International Golf in 1993 and also owns Malaska Golf in Mesa, Arizona. He is the Worldwide Director of Instruction for the Jack Nicklaus Golf Academies, the PGA Director of Instruction for the Superstition Mountain Golf and C.C. and the Las Sendas Golf Club in the N.E. valley of Phoenix, Arizona. His students have included multiple PGA and LPGA Tour players, as well as celebrities and prominent political figures. 

+ Milo Lines
My goal as your teacher is to help you learn to apply the athletic skills you already have and to teach you the skills you need in order to improve as a golfer. I have studied athletic movement in most sports and have learned that there is crossover in most of them especially sports involving hitting kicking and throwing. Golfletics is a word that I coined to describe my teaching style. No matter your skill level I know I can help you to play better golf. Let me help you to bring out your inner athlete. Milo has been involved in the golf industry for 15 years, and has been a Professional since 2005. In 2011 Milo joined the team at Superstition Mountain as an Assistant Golf Professional and Golf Instructor teaching under Mike Malaska. Milo’s keen understanding for the swing, attention to detail, and ability to explain complex movements in terms everybody can understand, gives him a unique aptitude for instruction. In 2009 he focused his career more intently on Golf Instruction and has worked with players of all abilities, including multiple Colligate players and Professionals. He is passionate about teaching golf and spends his time studying the golf swing and developing new ways to teach. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching the game is evident in the way he delivers instruction to the student. Milo currently spends the winter at Superstition Mountain Golf Club as a Golf Instructor, and summers as the Director of Instruction at TalonsCove Golf Club in UT.

Since his youth Milo has had a love of athletics. In his early years he was a standout baseball player, but due to an elbow injury Milo’s dreams of playing professional ball were dashed. After a bit of coaxing from his father he decided to learn the game of golf and found he was a natural. He won two amateur events in his first summer and impressed the golf coach at Utah Valley University, with whom he was paired, so much that he was offered a scholarship. Milo earned Second Team All-America and Academic All-America honors, as well as a B.S. in International Business while attending UVU. After graduating, Milo turned professional and played on several tours; including The Grey Goose Gateway tour, The A.G. Spanos Tour, and the Canadian Tour. Milo won several events, and rarely missed a cut during his two years playing full time and has since won several PGA section events.


+ Matt Brooks
Matt is originally from Akron, OH, and moved to AZ with his family at the age of 5. He graduated from Red Mountain HS in Mesa, AZ, where he was a member of 3 State Championship teams (1998, 1999, 2001). Matt was also the individual state champion in 2001. After graduating from Drake University in 2005 with a degree in Corporate Finance, he played professionally for 2 summers on The Gateway Tour in Arizona. In 2011, Matt was inducted into the Mesa, AZ Sports Hall of Fame.

Matt and his wife Gretchen have a son named Jackson, and Matt has a younger brother (Ryan) who lives in Tulsa, OK.


+ Matt VanCleave
Growing up in the Midwest, I fell in love with golf at an early age. After attending Kansas State University on a golf scholarship, I followed my soon to be wife, who also played golf for K-State, back to her home in Arizona. I played professional golf for 5 years on various mini tours before starting my PGA career. I have spent the last five and a half years at Toka Sticks Golf Club where I progressed from Assistant to Head Professional. Prior to Toka Sticks, I spent four years at Troon North Golf Club. I also spent part of a season here at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club in 2011. My wife Sarah and I live in Mesa with our two kids, Max and Madeline. Sarah is a High School Counselor, while Max is in Kindergarten and Madeline is in Pre-School. I am extremely excited for this opportunity to return to Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club as First Assistant. I have never forgotten how much I enjoyed my time at the Club and what great membership and culture exist at this spectacular facility. My goal is to provide the level of customer service you expect and deserve. I look forward to getting reacquainted with those I met in 2011 and getting to know the rest of the membership.

Matt VanCleave, PGA