Garret Nielson, PGA
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 completed the PGA Associate's program in July 2022 and is a Class A-1 Member of the PGA.
When he’s not working or golfing, he enjoys hiking, hunting, and spending time with his family and dog Brady.
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Kelbi Lee, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional
Kelbi was born in Billings, MT with a golf club in his hand. Introduced to golf at age 3 by his father, he would spend every day at the golf course perfecting his skill in hopes that one day he would become a professional golfer.
Kelbi started his path to becoming a PGA Professional in 2006 when he transferred to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan from Rocky Mountain College. While at Ferris, Kelbi studied Professional Golf Management and was a member of the men’s golf team. Lee’s time at Ferris helped lead his team to a school record tying eighth place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships and an individual tie for first place. He went on to claim tourney medalist runner-up honors with a first playoff hole setback. This accomplishment helped Lee achieve Third Team All American presented by the Golf Coaches Association of American (GCAA) While at Ferris, Lee was selected to the All-Academic Team for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as well as the GLIAC All-Conference Team Honorable Mention. As a professional Kelbi won the 2019 Rocky Mountain Section Championship along with the Yellowstone Chapter Championship earning him The Rocky Mountain Section Player of the Year in 2019.
Upon graduation he moved to Bozeman to work as an intern at Black Bull. In 2011 Lee became an official member of the PGA and moved back to Billings to work as the Assistant Golf Professional at Briarwood Golf Club. In 2013 he was promoted to Head Golf Professional. In 2017 Kelbi decided he wanted to move back to Bozeman to continue his golf career. In 2022 he started working at Cottonwood Hills and has loved it ever since.
Kelbi's thoughts on the golf swing; The golf swing is negotiable, meaning that everyone swings the club differently and there are many different ways to hit a golf ball well. The key is finding what works for each individual, customizing the lesson to focus on the players strengths and help them find their swing in their own unique way to better understand the golf swing.