Men, Women, Juniors - Are you a low handicapper looking to improve a certain aspect of your game? Perhaps you're a high handicapper hoping to understand your swing better to improve your consistency. Maybe you're a Junior hoping to take the next step into competitive play.
Elevate your game to a higher level at the award winning Stevinson Ranch’s, Performance Center & Golf Academy.
The Stevinson Ranch Golf Academy features Director of Instruction Dave Harmon PGA, Shane Balfour, a Class A member of both the British and United States PGA, and Mitch Lowe, a Class A PGA and Tour Professional
Stevinson Ranch Golf Academy features top professional instruction and state of the art video and launch monitor training technology. Instruction designed for all levels of play. We offer "stay and learn" cottage packages, clinics, and personalized instructional packages tailored to meet your specific goals. CALL DAVE AT 209 480-3245 or call the Golf Shop at 209 668-8200.
PGA Director of Instruction
Dave is a veteran instructor with over 30 years of experience teaching the swing as well as coaching the game of golf. During his time at Stevinson, Dave's role as Director of Instruction and Head Professional has lasted 15 years to date coaching several hundred golfers as well as training golf professionals to be better instructors.Prior to his appointment at Stevinson Ranch, Dave was employed by the John Jacobs' Golf Schools, teaching golfers in New York and Arizona and eventually would head the school at Stevinson Ranch. The five previous years he was in Japan with Mizuno Golf Schools as an educator for their 100+ school locations as well as on the teaching staff for Golf Digest Japan Schools.Dave is frequently furthering his education by attending annual PGA coaching and teaching seminars and is a certified Titleist Performance Institute Professional.
His Motto: Keep it Simple!
Shane Balfour, PGA
Originating from Kingston, Surrey, England, Shane started his professional career a few days short of his fifteenth birthday. Enrolling in a golf professional apprenticeship he learned to build and repair golf clubs, the old fashioned way, before clubs were cast out of molds.
Shane worked as an Assistant Golf Professional for Sandy Meaden Head Professional at Surbitan Country Club, then in 1974 moved on to work for Len Roberts the Head Professional at Home Park Golf Club. In 1977 Shane decided to try his hand at playing golf for a living and played on the European Tour for 2 years. In 1979 Shane headed to the USA and got his first job in the States as the assistant pro to Mr. George Buzzini Sr at Turlock Country Club and in 1984 took over the Head Professionals position when Mr. Buzzini retired. In 1996 Shane was selected as Director of Golf at Diablo Grande in Patterson, California where he opened the Ranch Course shortly followed by the Legends West Course. In 2009 Shane changed gears and was offered an opportunity to work with the Junior Golf Association of Northern California as the Executive Director overseeing the 1800 members and 90 junior events, Shane currently shares his time with the association and teaching at Stevinson Ranch.
Our newest member of the instruction team at the Performance Center & Golf Academy is Assistant Golf Professional J.D. Brewer. The JD stands for Jeffrey Donald (but don’t tell him we told you.). JD was born and raised in Hanford CA, and started playing golf in his sophomore year in high school. Quickly becoming addicted to the game, JD finished his high school career with 2 all conference honors, as well as finishing 2nd in the league. JD played his college golf at West Hills JC where his team won the Northern CA Regional, and State Championships. JD continued his college career at CAL State East Bay where he studied Kinesiology/Pre-Athletic training and played on the Golf Team. Since then he started his PGA/PGM program, caddies for a few Pro events, and is now one of our instructors.
JD is a good stick, and will focus part of his time working on league play here at the Ranch, particularly Women’s and juniors. You’ll see him around the course a lot, particularly the Golf Shop, and out on the range giving a lesson or two. Please welcome JD to the team.
Doug Colliflower, PGA
Doug comes to us from Southern CA and is a golf course management professional, with extensive operational experience. Prior to assuming the position of General Manager here at the Ranch, Doug spent more than 28 years as GM and Managing Partner for DC Golf, managing and nurturing two 9-hole LA County golf courses that logged upwards of 170,000 rounds annually. Doug oversaw golf operations, food and beverage, guest relations, safety and security, maintenance, and marketing. He was also facilitated a number of capital improvement and renovation projects which included greens, bunkers and buildings, even irrigation. Doug has been a PGA Professional since 1979. Doug is married to Candace and they have two children, Jenna, a sophomore in high school and Dylan, who just began his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University.
These two-hour sessions offer individualized instruction in a small group setting (four-to-one student to instructor ratio) and focus on a particular part of the game or are geared for a specific golf ability level. Recruit three of your friends and form your own group or join one of ours.
All of our fine staff of instructors are available for individual private lessons. Whether you need full swing or short game help, you'll be given common sense tips that are easy to understand and apply. Our performance based curriculum means you can learn the secrets to scoring lower and competing successfully. Private lessons are appropriate for any golfer who wants one-on-one attention, no matter what your ability level. Call for an appointment.
Using our radar launch monitor technology, usually reserved only for the elite players of the game, we will be able to optimize your launch conditions, in order to maximize your driving distance. But we don't rely just on launch monitor readings to get the correct fit. At The Golf Academy at Stevinson Ranch, you'll hit from indoors to outdoors so you can be sure you're getting the ball flight results you're looking for.
We'll evaluate your current equipment and give you our sizing recommendations to make sure your equipment is compatible with your physique and swing. A professional club fit is a must before you invest in a new set of clubs. Besides fitting the right size equipment, we will offer suggestions on your set make-up.
At Stevinson Ranch we understand the body/swing connection. Our program starts with a Physical Evaluation that will determine specific areas of concern like strength and flexibility. Our instructors are Titlelist Performance Institute qualified.
Call for more information. Your golf game and your body will be glad you did.
THE GOLF ACADEMY AT STEVINSON RANCH - 209 668-8200 - THE FUN STARTS HERE!!