About Us


Golf Academy

Junior Golf Program in South Africa

Our Give-Back Program

We have a give-back program to our low-income youth surrounding each academy location in the U.S., as well as our donation centers in the Cape Flats regions of Cape Town, South Africa. Our give-back program in the surrounding community is a “scholarship” program we offer to families that are not able to afford golf. For every 10 active students, we donate 1 full scholarship that we pay for a junior to join our academies program. Our donation center makes sure to give low-income families a way to play this game for free through donations we send from 20% of our profits. By being involved in this academy, you are helping this game grow to levels where it never reached before. This game should be for everyone, and unfortunately, it is only for the select few. Our number one mission is to grow this game through our community programs and give the opportunity to learn life skills through golf for everyone.

Instructor teaching juniors

What Makes us Unique

We are the only full-time player development academy that focuses on families with an emphasis on juniors. We have multiple sites around the country with plans to open into the hundreds. We offer classes year-round at our locations, have the lowest ratios in the country, hire only certified PGA professionals who are educated in the latest development styles and do this all at an affordable price. We are a membership academy like no other, and offer seasonal camps 12 weeks a year, field trips for our junior members to golf-specific places (PGA Tour Events, fitting centers), and provide a unique supportive golf community that grows together. We offer educational seminars, drop-in clinics, open house events, and special events throughout the year open to our members and their guests. We instruct adults using the latest equipment and teaching methodologies and can work with any age, and ability.



Founder – Game Of Life First, INC.
Regional Director of Instruction
PGA Legacy Master Professional
2023, 2022, 2021, 2018 GRAA “Top 100 Growth of the Game Professionals in the U.S.”
2022 Voted “Best Golf Instructor in Palm Desert”
ADM Certified
TPI Certified
Henry Griffitts Certified Clubfitter

Mike Swanson

Assistant Teaching Professional
Balboa Park
Former Tour Professional
Former PGA Tour Instructor
Callaway Certified Fitter
Certified U.S. Kids Golf
Certified Golf Smith Club Fitter
Teaching since 1991

Garrett Roper

Assistant Teaching Professional

Mission Bay Golf Course / Balboa Park / Summer Camp

James Campbell

Assistant Teaching Professional

Mission Bay Golf Course / Balboa Park / Summer Camp

Jake Lanagan

Assistant Teaching Professional

Mission Bay Golf Course / Balboa Park / Summer Camp