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Eric D. Barnes, PGA

Golf Coach
PGA Crest

Chicago, IL
SMART Golf & Fitness Instruction - Lombard, Lombard, IL

About Eric

Eric is a native of Santa Barbara CA and began his playing and teaching career in the southwest. After winning the Southwest Assistant’s Championship, he competed on the Asian tour, and eventually found his way to Illinois as a teaching professional in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Here Eric was mentored by several top 100 instructors and Hall of Fame Golf Professionals. He has served as a PGA Professional at four elite private clubs including Barrington Hills CC, Onwentsia GC, Glen Flora CC and most recently Evanston GC. After four successful decades in the private club industry, Eric is enthusiastic about focusing his talents on teaching and honing in on his passion of helping others improve their game. He has many years of valuable experience in custom club fitting, video swing analysis and instruction with all levels and age groups. Eric’s 3 P’s mantra is being positive, patient and persistent. Eric embodies these qualities and is excited to inspire his clients.




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Since working with Eric, not only have my scores improved, but my entire golfing experience. My handicap has dropped from a 13 to a 9. And most importantly, I recently achieved a lifelong goal of mine—I broke 80 for the first time ever!

Brad Davis

Eric's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Having More Fun

Connect with golfers of similar age

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Get swing diagnostic testing

Make the high school golf team

Improve your Short Game

Break 80

Break 100

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Earn a college golf scholarship

Prepare for Tournament Golf

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Eric's Facilities

SMART Golf & Fitness Instruction - Lombard

Lombard IL

*Coaching available to public

350 E 22nd St., Lombard, IL 60148

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