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Instruction Information

sage puttingrn 1RSSierra Sage offers the region's most complete practice facility with a grass-tee range, two putting greens and two 100-yard short holes with bunkers.

The team of PGA Professionals Denise and Mike Mazzaferri offer everything from private to group lessons, to short game clinics and custom fitting expertise.
Sierra Sage Teaching Staff  

Denise Mazzaferri, PGA


Denise is a second generation golf professional and has been at the golf course her entire life.  Through her career she’s worked at some tremendous facilities such as Edgewood Tahoe, Incline Village Golf Courses, Torrey Pines and The Golf Club at Thunder Canyon. She was the Director of Instruction for the well-known “Chics with Stix Golf School” that brought nearly a 1,000 new women golfers to the game each year.  Wth husband Mike, founded The First Tee of Northern Nevada and she is a certified First Tee golf coach. She has done everything from the Director of Golf position to Managing Golf Retail and Director of Instruction.  Denise has been recognized as one of the top female teachers in the PGA of America because of her teaching style, knowledge of swing mechanics and experience. 

Mike Mazzaferri, PGA 

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Mike has been a lifelong instructor and has taught golf at every ability level from the beginner to the tour professional.  He defines his instruction philosophy as “extreme fundamentalism” and encourages golfers to keep it simple when embarking on game improvement. Although he teaches all parts of the game, he particularly likes to teach short game and believes the difference between a good player and a great player is their skill with the wedges and putter. Mike was awarded Golf Professional of the Year by the Northern California PGA in 2004, he was the Reno Gazette Journal inaugural “Golf Person of the Year” in 2005.  He is a past President of the Northern California PGA, Founder/Chairman of Golf the High Sierra and a former chairman and founder of The First Tee of Northern Nevada. Together, Mike and Denise were awarded the PGA Junior Golf Leadership Award in 2006.  

Aaron Cudek, PGA


A Reno native grew up playing the golf courses of Northern Nevada, Aaron graduated from Wooster High School and the University of Oregon. Before coming to Sierra Sage, he worked at various courses in the Reno/ Carson City area including Eagle Valley Golf Course, Northgate Golf Club and LakeRidge Golf Course. Along with providng lessons for more than 15 years, Aaron has completed Golfsmith’s Club Building and Repair Program and Golfsmith’s Club Fitting Program. He has been a PGA Class A member since March of 2007.

Lesson packages
Lesson Fees For 45 Minute Session

Adult -
  • Private per session $75 Adult - Semi Private 2 people $45 each
  • Semi Private 3 people $40 each
  • Series of (5) Private Lessons $350
Junior (18 and under)- 
  • Private per session $40 Junior- Semi Private 2 Juniors $25 each
  • Semi Private 3 Juniors $20 each

Playing Lessons - 4 holes (includes green fee with cart)

  • Private $100
  • Adult Semi Private 2 people $160
  • Adult Semi Private 3 people $200
Junior -(junior rate 18 and under)
  • Private $60
  • Semi Private 2 juniors $90
  • Semi Private 3 juniors $105
To schedule a lesson or for more information call 775-972-1564

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