Golf Instruction

Practice makes perfect! Whether you’re new to the game or are a seasoned vet, you can always continue to improve and learn. The instructors at Desert Canyon Golf Club provide a positive and professional learning experience. Meet our instructions and schedule your lesson.

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Assistant Golf Professional | Associate member of the United States Golf Teaching Federation

Born in Kanas City, Kansas, Anthony was moved to Arizona at a young age, with Fountain Hills being his new home. Golf became an early passion among school and friends, with his first lesson being right here at Desert Canyon Golf Club. Anthony began his golf career in Payson, where he worked for Chaparral Pines Country Club and the Rim Golf Country Club. It was there that he found his ability to educate. Now years later, Anthony is excited to be helping individuals in the very same place it all started for his golf education.

Golf Philosophy – Simplicity, Flexibility, and Purpose

Simplicity – With the amount of information out there, it can be overwhelming to understand what is effective for each player. Focusing on the basic skills and knowledge allows you to create the shots you want to hit.

Flexibility – While strength is necessary, flexibility creates the momentum to strike every shot accurately and powerfully.

Purpose – Above all else, purpose. It is no secret that golf is a mental game where the farthest distance is between your ears. Like life, we hit each shot, intending to do our best while staying optimistic regardless of the outcome.

Lesson TypeFees
Pre round tune up$50
Hour$80
Group | 2 - 6 persons$40 per person
Playing Lesson |$150 plus Greens Fees
5 lesson package | Buy Package$320

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Don Graham

Don Graham

Class “A” Head Teaching Professional PGA of Canada (member since 1974)<br /> Certified Instructor at Jim McLean Golf Academy (2013-2016 SunRidge Canyon GC)

Personally trained with Mitchel Spearman (David Leadbetter Academy), Harvey Penick,

Jim Flick, Paul Runyan, Paul Bertholey, Irv Schloss.

Participant in 2008 U.S. Senior Open

Alberta PGA Player of the Year 1994

Alberta PGA Champion 1995, 1994, 1991

Alberta PGA Assistants Champion 1979

Alberta Amateur Champion 1972, 1973

Alberta Junior Champion 1969

ASU Golf Team member 1970-1974

Official Golf Coach of the NHL Arizona Coyotes 2003-2005

Developer of Eagle Greens Golf Centre – Calgary, Alberta (Golf Range and Recreation

Report recognized the facility as one of the Top-10 New Ranges of 1999

Mission StatementThe Don Graham Golf Academy operates on the precept that the correct application of the few fundamentals of golf is the most important factor in laying a solid foundation for a good golf swing.

The Academy’s prime objective is to provide a compete and applicable understanding of the fundamentals and basic techniques; identify and strengthen the weakest areas in a person’s game; demonstrate a systematic and manageable approach to game improvement; and enable students to acquire the skills to hit all the shots.

Teaching PhilosophyAfter 5 years as a tour player and over 30 years as an instructor my creative teaching method will provide you with complete knowledge of the fundamentals and how they relate to you. You’ll learn sound full-swing fundamentals, proper short game techniques, goal-oriented practice methods, course management skills and specialty shots. I feel personally responsible for providing my students with proper training so that they all may enjoy and excel at golf for the rest of their lives.

Academy FeaturesVideo analysis with V1 Sports software (#1 Preferred Video Analysis) Video voice analysis sent to student’s email for every lesson. Short game teaching aids for chipping, pitching, and putting On-Course Playing Opportunities

Lesson TypeFees
Hour$100
Half Hour$60
Playing Lesson | 9 Hole$200 plus Greens Fees
5 lesson packageContact Don

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