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Golf Instruction

  • Tim Berg

    Tim Berg

    PGA Director of Instruction

    Tim started his golf career in 1964 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. In the next 40 years he has played the PGA Tour, he’s been Golf Manager for the City of Portland, Oregon Golf Courses, Pebble Beach Company Golf Courses, Sunriver Resort Golf Courses, Blue Rock Springs Golf Course in Vallejo, CA, Director of Instruction at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, General Manager at The Lincoln Hills Club, and is now the Director of Instruction at Cherry Island Golf Course. Along the way he has had many accomplishments:

    • Selected to the Pacific Northwest PGA Hall of Fame
    • 1988 Pacific Northwest Senior Player of the Year
    • Two time Pacific Northwest Open Champion
    • Two time Pacific Northwest Senior Open Champion
    • Competed in 4 National Senior PGA Championships
    • Taught several tour players including, Peter Jacobson and John Fought (1977 U.S. Amateur Champion & 1979 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year)
    • Taught 1972 U.S. Public Links Champion, Bob Allard
    • Taught 5 State of Oregon Amateur Champions
    • Taught 8 National PGA Player Workshops, 2 LPGA West Coast Teachers Workshops
    • Taught 5 Pacific Northwest PGA Player Workshops
    • Taught 2 Oregon High School State Champions
    • Developed the City of Portland Oregon Physical Education Golf Classes
    • Started the first City of Portland Oregon Junior Teaching Program

    Tim believes in combining fun with the basic fundamentals to help the student enjoy the game of golf. He is dedicated to help the student take the game of golf to whatever level they want to play. He will always strive to instill in the student his passion and love of the game and will make it a life long relationship to share the esthetic beauty of the game and its environment.

    Rates: All Lessons 45 minutes to 1 hour


    • Single lesson - $100
    • Series of 6 lessons $540

    Juniors (18 and under) and college students

    • Single lesson - $60
    • Series of 6 lessons - $300
    • Multi Junior Family - $50 per lesson with two or more students
  • Don Hemmert

    Don Hemmert

    Assistant Golf Professional

    Don started playing golf at the age of 13 and was hooked from the start. He turned teaching Professional after receiving a diploma in Golf Complex Operations and Management from the San Diego Golf Academy. This is where Don received his instruction, club fitting and player credentials. Prior to joining Cherry Island in 2006, Don worked for Copeland Sports as the Golf Department Manager / golf Professional for over eight years. Dons teaching philosophy is always keep it simple, precise and easy to follow for any type of player. Dons enjoys coaching his son in youth basketball and baseball. He also likes all kinds of outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and walking his dog shadow. Don lives in Natomas California with his wife Tracy and their son Jack.

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    • $75 Adults for one hour
    • Series of 6 one hour Adult lessons for $400
    • $50 Junior Lessons (17 and under) for one hour
    • Series of 6 one hour Junior lessons for $250
  • Geoff Podgorny

    Geoff Podgorny

    PGA Certified Instructor

    Geoff is an experienced PGA Professional that embraces his responsibilities as a PGA Certified Golf Instructor to grow the game of golf at every opportunity. Geoff has been playing the game since 1982, and has been involved in golf instruction since 1999. If he looks familiar to you, it is because he has worked at several of the area’s finest facilities, and we are extremely excited to have him on our team here at Cherry Island!

    Geoff’s Teaching Philosophy:

    “I believe every person with the desire to play the game of golf, has the ability to do so. All ages, sizes, and shapes can make a golf swing. I believe that no two swings are alike and that the magic moment of impact with the golf ball can be achieved by all. Now with that said, it does take an understanding of basic swing fundamentals and a fair amount of patience. I specialize in keeping golf instruction simple and as fun as possible. I have taught all ages and abilities and thrive in seeing people improve their golf games. A positive mental approach is also very important in golf, and I have studied sports psychology to aid in assisting golfers achieve a good mindset on the golf course. I am very excited to join the team of Teaching Professionals here at Cherry Island Golf Course, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you, your family, and friends on bettering your golf games.”

    Call or email to make an appointment:
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    • 1 Hour Individual Lesson - $75
    • Series of 6 – 1 hour Lessons - $375
    • 9-Hole Playing Lesson- $125 (includes 9-Hole Green Fee)

    Please inquire regarding group lesson rates and custom lesson packages.