David V. La Fata, PGA

PGA Professional


PGA Crest

1875 Fair Way Blvd, NV
Empire Ranch Golf Course, Carson City, NV

About David

Dave LaFata, Head Golf Professional at Empire Ranch Golf Course is a great asset to the game of golf and Empire Ranch itself. Mr. LaFata has a history of PGA participation and employment. A PGA member since 1996, he spent 5 years as Head Golf Professional at Catalina Island Golf Club, 5 years as Director of Golf Instruction at the Golf Courses at Incline Village and 13 years as Director of Instruction at Toiyabe Golf Club. He has participated in the Tommy Armour Teaching Summit and was a 7-time attendee at the Hank Haney ’Teach the Teacher’ seminars. Dave embraces the teaching philosophy of ball flight correction through swing plane adjustment. This teaching strategy allows each student to identify and correct the flight of his or her golf ball through correct swing plane adjustments. Dave believes in hands on golf instruction. By moving each of his students through the correct positions, students will become aware of how to properly alter the shape of their swing, allowing a more consistent, repeatable ball flight.Mr LaFata offers instruction at the spacious and diverse Empire Ranch driving range facilty: full swing, short game, bunker and putting instruction areas are available.

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David's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Having More Fun

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Break 80

Break 100

Break 90

Improve your Short Game

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David's Facilities

Empire Ranch Golf Course

Carson City NV

Empire Ranch provides an 18 hole Championship Golf Course and a Nine Hole Par Three Golf Course as well as a full practice complex, teaching facility, and a friendly-staffed pro shop, offering a wide variety of top-of-the-line golf products, apparel and accessories. The on site teaching facility also provides personalized individual and group instruction. The PGA professionals on staff can also provide golf instruction with the latest video and launch monitor technology to those golfers looking for that extra edge. These amenities add up to a first class experience at Empire Ranch for golfers of all levels of play.

*Coaching available to public

1875 Fair Way, Carson City, NV 89701-2952

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