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Golf Instruction

  • Robert Smith

    Robert Smith

    PGA Director of Instruction


    Robert Smith has demonstrated his passion for teaching and playing for over Thirty Years! His skills demonstrated in teaching have awarded him the honor of Top 25 Elite Teachers of Northern Ca. Southern Oregon and Northern Nevada. Robert’s teaching career spans over 75,000 career lessons to golfers of all ability levels. Fueling his experience, Robert’s prior employment included the Dave Pelz Academy, Arnold Palmer Golf Academy and at the PGA Headquarters for Learning and Performance.

    Goal setting, physical fitness, proper equipment, aligning his teaching material with his student’s physical body style, mental characteristics and gender is the criteria Robert considers when designing a successful physical and mental improvement formula. Robert continues to pursue new and innovative performance enhancement techniques.

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    For additional information and rates on the A.G.I.P. Programs, private instruction, and mental performance, contact Robert Smith:
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    Phone: 916-606-0984
    Website: www.becomingwholetherapy.com

  • 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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    • Adults: $60 for 45 minutes
    • Series of (3) 45 minute Adult lessons for $170
    • Junior Lessons (17 and under): $50 for 45 minutes
    • Series of (3) 45 minute Junior lessons for $140
  • 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.