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Garret Nielson, PGA Associate
Head Golf Professional

Garret was born and raised in Bozeman, MT, where he grew up playing golf at Cottonwood Hills. When he was a kid, he used to walk to the course and play the par three for hours on end. He has been part of the Cottonwood Hills family for years, and has a deep respect for the traditions and history of the course. He knows that it’s a special place, made that way by the pass-holders, customers, and employees who spend time there. Garret started working at the course in the spring of 2016 as a cart boy. He’s been here ever since, and the spring of 2022 was his first year as Head Golf Professional. 


Garret is passionate about the game of golf and teaching. He is particularly interested in supporting Junior Golf. He grew up playing various junior tournaments, and played high school golf for the Bozeman Hawks. He looks forward to providing the same opportunities that he was afforded, and more. He is also interested in supporting Women’s golf. Cottonwood Hills is known nationwide for it’s women’s golf programs, and Garret looks forward to continuing that tradition by building upon the tremendous success that we’ve had.

Garret is working on completing the PGM program and will earn his “Class A” professional status in the Fall of 2022. He looks forward to growing his teaching and professional acumen. 


When he’s not working or golfing, he enjoys hiking, hunting, and spending time with his family and dog Brady. 

To book a lesson or fitting contact Garret at

Vicki Nelson
Assistant Golf Professional

Hello, my name is Vicki Nelson! This is my second year working at Cottonwood and my first as the assistant golf professional. I just graduated from MSU with an Environmental Studies degree and History and Hispanic Studies minors. I am originally from Santa Claus, IN (it’s a real place, believe it or not!). I grew up living on and working at the local golf course, Christmas Lake Golf Course, where my dad is the golf pro. Working at Cottonwood last year was a blast, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and to another great season!