Meet the Crystal Mountain Golf Instructors


The quality, experience and size of the Crystal Mountain Golf School's instructional team is second to none in Michigan. Here is a brief introduction:


Ed Laprade

Ed Laprade

PGA Director of Instruction

Ed has been teaching players of every level for over 15 years. Prior to joining Crystal Mountain in 1999, Ed worked for four instructors on GOLF magazine's Top 100 Teachers list. In addition to being part of the team that leads the Crystal Mountain Golf School to a Top 25 rating, Ed was also named one of the Best Teachers in State (#5) by Golf Digest. He has attended 14 MORAD golf seminars, and is the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Northern Michigan PGA Assistants Champion.


Greg Babinec

PGA Head Professional

Greg has been a member of The PGA of America since 1988. He was named PGA Professional of the Year for Northern Michigan in 1992 along with Michigan’s Merchandiser of the Year in 2007.

His long list of credentials includes working for the Japanese Women’s Golf Program at Ferris State University. This program saw several students return to Japan to compete on the women’s tour, along with students who became PGA Professionals and remained in the United States.

Greg spent 11 years at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club where he took on roles such as Head Professional and Director of Golf. Greg joined the Crystal Mountain team in 2012.


Ina Davis

Ina Davis

LPGA Professional

Ina joined the award-winning teaching staff at Crystal Mountain in 2004. In her 25 years as a Golf Professional, she has taught lessons and camps for both adults and juniors besides working with several area golf teams.

Ina has developed and teaches the very successful Two- and Three-Day Mini Camps for juniors ages 7-12. In addition, she has also implemented the PGA’s Play Golf America Program, Get Golf Ready, which teaches new to intermediate golfers the fundamentals of the swing, golf course etiquette and rules, and includes supervised playing experiences.

Ina was awarded the Michigan Section PGA President’s Plaque for growing the game of golf in 2006 & 2011. In 2007, she was the finalist for the Michigan Section PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year award. Ina was also named one of the best instructors in Michigan by Golf Digest. In addition, she is Crystal Mountain Service Excellence Award winner.


Justin Helmholdt

Justin Helmholdt

Assistant Golf Professional

The newest member of our team, Justin Helmholdt is a PGA Apprentice with a Bachelor’s Degree from Lake Superior State University in Sport and Recreation Management. While there, he played 4 years of NCAA DII golf, and prior to joining Crystal Mountain, was the Assistant Golf Professional at Wild Bluff Golf Course at Bay Mills Resort and Casinos. He’s been in the golf industry for 10 years and is excited for his new adventure in the lower peninsula.


Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Assistant Golf Professional

Justin Phillips has been part of the Crystal Mountain Pro Shop team for two years and is now a PGA Apprentice. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a minor in Hospitality from Northwood University. During his time at Northwood, he played four years of NCAA DII golf. He’s been in the industry for seven years including gigs at Midland Country Club and Owosso Country Club.