Meet the Instructors

Get to Know Our Golf Instructors.

Are you looking to learn the game, brush up on the basics or refine your skills? The instructors at Sycuan Golf Resort are prepared do exactly what it takes to achieve your goals and exceed your expectations. Our PGA and LPGA golf instructors aren’t just pros at playing golf, they help you understand the game, overcome your obstacles and learn to have fun hitting the ball. They listen to your needs, assess your technique and give you custom tailored advice and drills. Simply put, our instructors design lessons with you in mind.

Clint Higgins – PGA

Director of Golf
Clint came to Sycuan after a five year tenure at Querencia, a private residential golfing community, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Clint was the Head Golf Professional who oversaw daily golf operations while providing the highest level of customer service to the membership. Clint’s resume also includes 7 years at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. While at Whistling Straits, Clint earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Clint is a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program and is a PGA member in good standing. Clint is also a Level Two certified golf fitness instructor focusing on golf fitness, biomechanics, and nutrition through the Titleist Performance Institute.

Now employed at Sycuan Golf Resort, Clint overseas the entire golf operation. He looks forward to enhancing the golfer experience for all patrons and offering the highest level of service.

Robert S. Madsen, PGA Class A

Director of Instruction
Sycuan Golf Academy
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  • 2011 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State of California
  • Three-time San Diego Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2006 San Diego PGA Horton Smith Award (Education)
  • 2005 San Diego PGA Stroke Play Champion
  • Member of the San Diego Chapter PGA Teaching Committee

Bob specializes in multi-day Customized Schools for Resort Guests. He also works his magic in quick-fix lessons, but mostly loves helping students who really commit and want to get on a sure-fire improvement program.

Bob is a Class-A PGA Member who has been the Director of Instruction for the Sycuan Golf Academy since 1990. Bob has played tournament golf every year since 1969 and has worked at Sycuan Golf Resort since 1983. He has given more than 30,000 golf lessons to date and holds a degree in Recreation Administration from San Diego State University.

Julie Day, LPGA Class A

Teaching Professional
School of Golf for Women Instructor
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Julie Day is an instructor for The School of Golf Exclusively for Women and was nominated for LPGA Western Section Golf Professional of the Year in 1998.

“I’ve been teaching for twenty years and I have found that the best way to teach is by keeping it simple! By breaking the swing down to a three-lever system it is easier for students to understand. A one-lever swing is chipping and putting, a two-lever swing is pitching, and a three-lever swing is the full swing. My specialty is taking a student and starting small with a one lever swing and slowly building on that until we develop the full swing.”

Kim Estep, LPGA Class A

Lead Instructor
School of Golf for Women Instructor
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As a Sycuan Golf Resort staff member since 1992, Kim Estep is a full time Teaching Professional who dedicates her time and experience to player development, group clinics and custom golf schools. Her multi-faceted resume also includes merchandise buying, sales and coordination of teaching clinics. Kim has served as a committee member for the Southern California Chapter of Special Olympics.
Kim received a golf scholarship at San Diego State University where she earned her degree in Recreational Therapy.

“My approach to golf instruction is the same as my approach to the game: it is meant to be fun. I specialize in giving beginning and intermediate players a solid foundation of fundamentals essential to mastery of the game. Once the foundation is established, I believe in working with my students to customize a game plan for maximum enjoyment, including making good choices on the golf course (club selection) and the proper mental attitude. Being a smart player is always more fun!”

Rick Lindemann, PGA Class A

First Assistant
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First Assistant at Sycuan Golf Resort, Rick Lindemann has worked at the resort since 1990 and has competed in golf tournaments since 1982. Rick stays active in the San Diego Chapter of the PGA, Southern California PGA and local tournaments. He completed the Business Management Program at San Diego State in 1992.

“My teaching specialty is to design a series of lessons that will help the student excel to his or her potential. I teach my students how to improve by spending time practicing wisely. I insist that my students plan their practice time to get the most out of it. I focus strongly on the fundamentals while giving my students time to absorb all of the subtleties involved in the golf swing.”

Scott Ohls, PGA Class A

Assistant Professional
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Scott Ohls, Assistant Professional and PGA Member of the San Diego Chapter, has over 10 years of golf instruction experience, focusing primarily on junior classes, clinics, and individual sessions. Scott has been playing competitive golf and continues to compete in Southern California section events.

“I believe most people understand that flexibility is an important factor in making a good golf swing, but with a limitless range in sizes and body types, I believe customized instruction designed to fit each individual is crucial. Through personalized attention and instruction we will find ways to make your next golf experience more enjoyable.”

For more information or to register for lessons, call us today at 619.442.3425 or 800.457.5568 or click here to request information.

Jason S.Jason Schneider
Golf Operations Manager

Jason came to San Diego in 1995 from California’s Central Valley and fell in love with San Diego. Jason’s love for the game blossomed while playing the variety of courses in San Diego. Having played golf at the high school and collegiate level he turned professional in 2000. After trying his hand at playing, he realized that the business side of the game was better suited for him. Jason has worked in the industry since 1996 at two other facilities prior to his arrival at Sycuan Golf Resort in November of 2010. Jason’s philosophy on golf is “every shot is closer to the hole” and his focus with students is all about consistent tempo and timing. If your attitude is about having fun on the golf course, come see Jason.

Michael S.Michael J. Scala
Assistant Golf Professional

Mike graduated from the Golf Academy of America, earned his degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management with special certifications in Teaching and Tournament Operations. Mike was a noted player while at the Academy and is constantly working to improve his own game.

He is a trained specialist in:
• Flightscope Technology, a golf ball tracking launch monitor system
• JC Video and V1 Pro Swing Analysis software

Michael has a great passion for The Game. STSS Golf, Stop Thinking Start Swinging! I want to get my student’s golf swings and approach to the game to a point they can trust every aspect of their game and take it the course. I want to help them find their own efficient golf swing by achieving better results in basic fundamentals, short game, full swing, mental game and course management. And lastly, I am dedicated to teaching students how to always practice with a purpose.

Joey M.Joey Meza
Outside Operations Manager

PGA Apprentice Joey Meza has nearly 10 years of experience in the golf industry, including 5+ years coaching Men’s and Women’s high school golf. He is currently the Outside Operations Manager at Sycuan Golf Resort.