Professional Instruction at Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Ready to take your golf game to the next level?

If you’ve had enough of taking advice from your buddies or failing to translate what you learned from the Golf Channel, it may be time for a lesson. Our professional instructors will design lessons specific to your needs to help you break those bad habits and make new ones that you can head out onto the course with confidence! We will learn what your goals are and come up with a realistic game plan that will help you meet those goals. Let’s turn those bogeys into pars!

Contact the Golf Shop to set up private instruction, a series of lessons or to create your own custom program.


Information and Reservations


Private Lesson Rates

  • $75/hr or $260 for a series of 4 lessons
Juniors (18 and under)
  • $40/lesson (40 minutes) or $300 for a series of 10 lessons (40 minutes each)
Seniors (60 and over)
  • $65/hr or $225 for a series of 4 lessons

Jeff Hales, PGA, Head Golf Professional

Jeff joined the Poppy Ridge Golf Course team in 2011 and has over 25 years of experience in the golf industry. Jeff’s career has afforded him the opportunity to work at several well-known facilities such as Half Moon Bay Golf Links, They Olympic Club, and now Poppy Ridge Golf Course. Jeff has been a PGA Class A Member since 1994 and brings experience, passion, and dedication to golf instruction for all levels of players. Jeff credits his mentors, PGA Tour players Moon Mullins, John Abendroth, and Dean Vomacka in the development of his own game as well as his teaching style. Jeff understands that not everyone can swing a club like Tiger Woods, but everyone can work on improving their skill sets through quality instruction and practice. Lessons are customized to fit the student’s needs and growth potential.  Jeff is well versed in communicating with juniors and has a knack for bringing the game to life in the eyes of his students. Jeff is also an accomplished player in his own right and formerly competed on the Northern California professional circuit.

 Max Kirske, PGA, 1st Assistant Golf Professional

Max joined the Poppy Ridge Golf Course team in 2018 following his graduation from the Professional Golf Management Program at UNLV. The Professional Golf Management Program afforded Max an opportunity to work at several well-known facilities such as Bandon Dunes/Pacific Dunes, Anthem Country and now Poppy Ridge Golf Course. Max enjoyed competing in tournaments as well as teaching complimentary clinics throughout his time in the PGM program. Max has honed his teaching style by providing many lessons to golfers of all ages. Lessons are customized to fit the need of the student with a focus on the techniques, mechanics, and psychology of the sport. Max is a dedicated PGA Professional and true student of the game always in search of further developing his knowledge of golf instruction. Whether he is working with a highly skilled player or a beginning golfer, Max has a laser focus on creating a long-term improvement plan and approaches each session with the highest level of detail.