Gary Griggs, born and raised in San Diego, California, is a 25-year member of the PGA of America. Gary started his PGA apprenticeship in 1980, at the Stardust Country Club in San Diego. Realizing a passion for teaching the game, Gary began his teaching career there and continued to teach at Stardust from 1985 to 1993.
In 1993, Garyʼs desire to expand his teaching experience led him to seek the position of Director of Instruction at the Del Mar Golf Center in Del Mar, California. Gary held this position from 1993 to 1996, successfully developing a PGA teaching program, and is responsible for the Golf Center becoming a PGA-recognized golf facility.
In 1997, Gary joined an elite teaching staff at the Stadium Golf Center in San Diego. To date, Gary continues his teaching career at this premier Golf Learning Center. His continued passion and dedication to teaching the game of golf has earned him PGA Teacher of the Year and PGA Player of the Year awards. Golf Digest consistently ranks Gary in the “Top 50” golf instructors in California.
With over 25 years of teaching experience, Gary has enjoyed teaching students of all ages and skill levels, including beginners, juniors, accomplished amateurs, Nationwide tour and senior PGA tour players. Garyʼs teaching philosophy emphasizes simplifying the game of golf with the goal of maximizing the studentʼs full potential. He believes every player of any skill level can improve his or her game, whether it is by one shot or several shots, depending on his or her goals.
Gary gives priority to teaching his students why their golf ball flies the way it does with their current swing shape, and teaches them how to coach themselves for continued development. Based on a studentʼs skill level, physical ability, time commitment and goals, Gary then imparts the proper fundamentals necessary to produce the studentʼs desired ball flight and generate a consistently repeating swing.
For complete game development, Gary stresses to his students the importance of short game instruction in order to achieve individual scoring goals. By coaching students in the short-shot fundamentals of the game, in addition to imparting full swing instruction, Gary is able to help his students transfer their skills to the golf course and more fully enjoy the game of golf.