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Golf Instruction

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned tournament player, golf lessons can help you achieve your goals. Our qualified instructors will take the time to create a lesson program that meets your needs, whether it's swing basics or eighteen holes of playing strategy.

Email any of the instructors below to schedule a lesson, or call the Golf Shop at (408) 253-5357.

 Learn more about our Instructors

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    Angie Papangellin

    Teaching Professional

    Contact Angie via email

    (650) 799-1273

    Angie Papangellin has been teaching golf at Deep Cliff Golf Course for 15 years. She has overseen golf clinics, camps and the Young Guns junior golf program, which she helped to design and develop. She is also the varsity coach of the girls golf team at Presentation High School, co-champions of the WCAL 2007-2009 seasons.

    Angie has worked with beginning golfers up to tour professionals and has a degree in Human Performance from San Jose State University. She is certified in Sports Nutrition and has a deep training in human potential and the psychology of sports. She weaves all of this into her lessons. She is available for private and semi-private lessons, as well as group and corporate training. As one client remarked, "after her lesson, my sales force not only met their personal sales goals, our team exceeded the team goals easily and won the sales award for the company".

  • IMG 3364Gerry Benton
    Teaching Professional

    Gerry has been teaching the sport of golf for over 25 years. He is driven by a natural curiosity about how everything in the universe works, and when golf captured his attention in 1985, he decided to focus his intense interest in understanding how the best in the game succeed. He continues to develop his teaching approach through ongoing study of the world's best teachers, players, methods, and technologies.

    Gerry takes a direct, practical approach to helping you get what you want for your golf game, and employs an array of strategies and tools to accelerate learning, including the TRACKMAN launch monitor.

    Gerry has been a member of the Deep Cliff professional teaching staff since 1999. He has been a golf professional at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park; SportSense Golf Training Centers in Mountain View; Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; PGA West in La Quinta, California. He coached the Palo Alto High School golf team for six seasons, garnering four league championships.

    Training received to date from:
    PGA of America
    TRACKMAN University
    NorCal PGA Player/Teacher Developmental Forums
    US Kids Golf
    PRO Golf Schools
    Titleist Performance Institute
    SportSense Learning Center

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    Gerry's Teaching Rates
    Lessons   Time 
    The Golf Lab 2 hours $35.00
    The Golf Learning Lab for Kids 8 hours $195.00
    TRACKMAN Analysis & Training Cycle 4 hours $340.00
    TRACKMAN Analysis 1.5 hours $150.00
    TRACKMAN Training Cycle 2.5 hours  $225.00
    On-Course Coaching 2 hours $200.00
    Private Lesson 30 minutes $60.00
    Private Lesson 60 minutes $110.00
    Private Lesson 90 minutes $150.00
    Private Lessons (3) 30 minutes $160.00
    Private Lessons (6) 30 minutes $300.00
    Private Lessons (12) 30 minutes $530.00
    Private Lessons (6) 60 minutes $530.00


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    Abraham Roof, PhD

    Co-Director of the Deep Cliff Players Academy, Deep Cliff Staff Teaching Professional

    Abe is a life-long golfer who has pursued his passion for golf since he collected and sold lost golf balls to earn money for his next round. Abe continued his enthusiasm for golf throughout his education for his PhD.  He has leveraged his extensive background in education and love of golf into teaching others the joys and lessons of this enthralling game. 



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    Ethan Whittier

    Co-Director of the Deep Cliff Players Academy, Deep Cliff Staff Teaching Professional

    Ethan is a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach. 

    Ethan originally came from an engineering and technology background and decided to change careers to pursue his passion for golf. He has now been coaching and introducing juniors to golf for over 5 years at Deep Cliff and finds teaching the game to others to be very rewarding. 

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    Matt Lacues

    Teaching Professional

    Contact Matt via email

    (650) 465-6745

    Matt is a Junior Golf Specialist, who is focused on growing the game with fun educational programs. Matt provides juniors of all ability levels with instruction and guidance to advance their games to the next level!

    Organizations Matt has Worked with Included:

    Deep Cliff Golf Course- Teaching Staff 
    US KIDS GOLF Foundation- Certified Instructor and Club Fitter
    TGA Premier Junior Golf- Franchise Owner and 2011 Educate Award Winner
    Canada College Women’s Golf- Assistant Coach
    Woodside High School Boy’s Varsity- Head Coach

    Click HERE to schedule a lesson

  • Rick Dudley PGA

    Teaching Professional

    Rick has been teaching golf in the San Jose area since 2001 and has been a PGA member since 2006. Focusing on private lessons and building long term relationships with students, he has developed many top level juniors and college golfers over the years. Even though golf is played from the tee to the green, Rick strongly believes the game should be learned from the green to the tee. Although, most people play golf for fun and recreation, eventually players desire and work towards lower scores. Without a solid wedge game, short game and putting, lower scores typically will not happen. Video, drills and fundamentals are part of every lesson with Rick, what you think you're doing and what you're really doing are often times not the same. Video will accelerate the student's progress many times over.

    In addition to teaching golf, Rick also has been studying Mandarin Chinese for many years and is very capable of providing lessons in mandarin. A member of eight NCPGA cup teams, Rick looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with anyone from beginner to low handicapper to reach their goals in this game.

    Phone:  408-802-3207

Deep Cliff Staff Professional Teaching Rates
Private Lessons   30 min
1 hr
One Lesson   $ 50 $90
Three Lessons  $ 140 $260
Six Lessons $ 270 $490
Semi-Private Lessons  
One Lesson    $90
Four Lessons    $330
Semi-Private lessons are for two students and last one hour.
Each additional student is $25.00 per lesson.