High quality instruction for low scores on the course

Through our Ventana Canyon Professional Golf Instructors, you can feel better-equipped with the necessary skills to play better golf and maximize your enjoyment of the game. Using digital video, launch monitor analysis, and proven teaching methods, our award-winning PGA professionals will encourage you to develop both your physical and mental aspects of the game.

You’ll be given the personalized attention and coaching needed to increase your potential, regardless of your level. All instruction can be enjoyed individually or groups. Multiple day and custom programs can be designed to fit your specific needs.

Call the golf shop at 520-577-4061 to schedule.

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1. Private Instruction

If there is a part of your game that needs specific attention, schedule an hour or half-hour session with one of our PGA professionals to get you back on track.

2. Playing Lessons

Having trouble translating skills into scores? Take a playing lesson and learn course management, shot selection strategy, and mental techniques that can help shave off a few strokes. We will also take an opportunity to brush up on your rules and etiquette as well.

3. Group Instruction

Gather your friends and family members for one or two days of group golf instruction with Arizona’s #1 AimPoint instructor, Gordon Bennett. AimPoint is a tour-proven green reading methodology allowing any golfer to read greens like a pro.

4. Club Fitting

Golf equipment has changed dramatically over the past few years. Playing with poor-fitting equipment can make your game a struggle. A proper-fitting set of clubs, however, can help you maximize your skill level and better enjoy the game. Any golfer, regardless of ability, can benefit from custom club fitting, whether you need a new set or adjustments to your existing ones. By using the FlightScope X3 or Trackman III launch monitor, the most advanced Doppler radar tracking for golf, we provide the most accurate data and thus, the best fit custom clubs. Our staff are certified fitters for Titleist, Ping, and Callaway equipment.

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Meet Our Instructors

Rich Elias

PGA Head Golf Professional

With decades of management and operations experience in the golf industry, Rich Elias brings a wealth of knowledge to Ventana Canyon’s already strong staff of Professionals. A native Tucsonan, Rich graduated from Tucson High School and played collegiate golf for Pima Community College, where he also served as the Head Men’s Golf Coach. Since turning professional in 2000, Rich is a 4-time winner of the Southern Chapter PGA Assistants Championship, 3-time winner of the Southern Chapter PGA Championship, and 2-time Southern Chapter PGA Player of the Year. Rich was elected to the Professional Golfers Association Membership in June 2005 and he currently serves on the Southwest Section PGA Southern Chapter Board of Directors, where he sits as the Tournament Chairman.

Susie Meyers

PGA Golf Instructor

Susie Meyers has been a golf instructor and coach at Ventana Canyon since 1994. She is one of the Top 100 Teachers in America as named by Golf Magazine since 2017 and Golf Digest lists her as one of the best instructors in Arizona. She has coached PGA and LPGA professionals, top college golfers, and players of every level. She’s a former LPGA Tour Player and 7-time PGA Southwest Chapter Women’s Champion. Instead of only focusing on a solid golf swing, Susie puts a strong emphasis on the mental game. She adheres to her philosophy of teaching “GOLF FROM POINT A” which is featured in her book of the same name. She knows that self-management equals performance. Susie’s passion is coaching players to play at their full potential. Her most recent achievement is being inducted into the 2022 Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.

Gordon Bennett

PGA Golf Instructor

Gordon is a teaching professional who specializes in green reading, putting, and the short game. One of 300 AimPoint certified instructors world-wide and the only certified instructor in southern Arizona, Gordon spent 25 years as an Air Force aviator before attending law school and practicing as a Deputy County Attorney. Gordon played competitively for the University of Portland (Oregon) and represented the military in numerous tournaments throughout his Air Force career. In addition to teaching AimPoint, Gordon is BodiTrak, K-Vest, Titleist Performance Institute, and Putt Doctor-certified, a Callaway Master Club fitter and staff professional.

Learn more about AimPoint instruction HERE.

Staff Professionals

Kevin Christian
PGA Tournament Manager & Assistant Professional
JD Lindberg
PGA Assistant Professional
Matt Coyle
PGA Associate
Jordan Cisek
PGA Associate
Vitas Rutelionis
PGA Associate
Zack Duncan
PGA Assistant Golf Pro & Golf Merchandiser