Olympia Country & Golf Club currently has two PGA Class A Professionals on staff. We provide individual and group lessons by appointment. Our current curriculum for the 2021 golf season includes men’s, seniors’, ladies’ and junior golf clinics. Current pricing for individual lessons are sixty dollars for a forty-five minute lesson.
Director of Golf Operations
I believe that as a teacher, we should teach the game, not just the swing. We get so caught up in the swing on the driving range but not the scoring shots, short game, putting and course management that can be learned out on the golf course. Establish a specific goal with each student and then put together a plan that will achieve that goal.
Mark has been a PGA member since 1990. He started his career as a teaching assistant pro at Cave Creek GC in Phoenix, AZ. After two years there, he went to Crow River CC in Hutchinson, MN, as a First Assistant Professional. His first Head Professional position came at Perham Lakeside CC in Perham, MN, followed by the same position at Blueberry Pines CC in Menaga, MN. After sales positions with Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Spalding and Ping. He has a passion for teaching and junior golf.
Head Golf Professional
Mitch became a member of the PGA of America in 2016. He started his career here at Olympia Country & Golf Club in 2012. After three years as their 1st Assistant Golf Professional Mitch accepted a position at Seattle Golf Club under Doug Doxsie, PGA a 30+ year PGA Member in the Northwest and a future Hall of Fame member. In 2018 Mitch accepted the 1st Assistant Golf Professional Position at Overlake Golf & Country Club working under Mark Sursely, PGA another well-known PGA Professional in the Northwest. Mitch is excited to be at Olympia as their Head Golf Professional.
I want to make the game easier for every type of player that comes to see me. I see many players that try and swing like the guys and gals on TV. We all wish we can! Each player has strengths already that they have built in their swing and I try and capitalize on those. Getting the player off the range and playing more golf on the course is a goal mine. I build a plan with each student so we reach their ultimate goals of making each student play better golf.
My goal as a golf instructor is to take a player’s current swing and make it better. From what I have seen, a lot of golfers’ swing too much with their arms and don’t have enough body rotation to generate optimal power for their swing speed. This results in a clubface that requires a lot of timing with the hands to get square by impact and a sacrifice on distance. A more passive face through impact will help with ball contact and consistency which can be achieved with a few adjustments and practice.
I played golf for Saint Martin’s University while earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. I graduated in 2012 and started my career in the golf industry at Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club while also caddying at Chambers Bay seasonally for 10 years. I worked the 2015 US Open with media credentials, which was certainly the highlight of my time there. In the golf off season, I was a Substitute teacher in the North Thurston School district. In 2014-15, I worked at Desert Mountain, an exclusive Jack Nicklaus designed enterprise with 6 golf courses in North Scottsdale. My wife and I built our house in 2018 and are happy to be settled down in the beautiful PNW.