Gene B. Bakkum, PGAPGA Coach
In recent years, Gene has been recognized by the Northern California PGA (NCPGA) and Golf Digest for his outstanding coaching having won the 2022 NCPGA Youth Player Development award, voted one of GOLF DIGEST ‘Best Teachers in California 2022-2023’ and 2021 NCPGA Player Development award. Gene spent 16 years as a division I & division II collegiate men’s golf coach, first at UC Davis where he helped devise individual training plans for each player on the team which led to their ascension to #1 in the country (2000-2002). Upon Gene’s arrival at Cal as assistant coach, Gene developed a statistical game analysis, honed his short game coaching and course management training for developing players which contributed to the team's historic NCAA National Championship victory in 2004. In Gene’s final season on the coaching staff at Cal in 2016, he assisted coaching the Bear’s to a second place finish at the Pac-12 Championship. Gene has taken his coaching background and applied it to his teaching at Metropolitan Golf Links since 2004, and NorCal Golf Academy since 2016.
Knowing what and how to practice is KEY to getting better and reaching your goals. Through deliberate, purposeful training while tracking the results in practice and on the course, players are guaranteed they’ll reach their agreed upon goals, or they’re coached for free until they do. Through this systematic approach, players often improve their game faster than they could’ve imagined. Having coached the game of golf for over 25 years, Gene has learned to draw on all of his skills to distill information down to one or two learning points for the player to work on during their sessions. This leads to optimal growth and success for players.
Gene has coached 6-year-olds who've never played golf, to collegiate, highly-ranked amateurs, and professional players looking to fine-tune their games to shave off another shot or two. It's truly a journey that's unique to the individual, and he’s grateful to be able to play a role in guiding them to their goals to unlock their full potential. The most important trait in a player is their willingness to put forth their best effort over time. It's essential to recognize that each player arrives with different motivations for learning the game. These motivations are integrated into the plan to tailor each session further.
For private, 1:1 lessons indoors in Walnut Creek specifically for full swing training, please text “1:1 WC” directly to Gene’s cell at (510) 219-2823 for scheduling your session on Mondays & Wednesdays between 6 PM - 10 PM.
For all other coaching including short game, putting, on-course training, new players, our junior teams (LEARN TO PLAY, TRAIN TO COMPETE & COLLEGE PATH), adult teams (GET GOLF READY & INTERMEDIATE ADULTS), PGA Camps, PGA Junior League & clinics, please visit our website at: www.elevategolfacademy.com, email us at info@elevategolfacademy or call (510) 955-GOLF (4653).
Helping players achieve their goals.
Learn the basics
Avoid embarrassment on the first tee
Get comfortable for business golf
Having More Fun
Connect with golfers of similar skill
Connect with golfers of similar age
Have more fun on the course
Improving Your Game
Add 10 yards
Improve your Short Game
Make the high school golf team
Prepare for Tournament Golf
Earn a college golf scholarship
Get swing diagnostic testing
Playing with disabilities
Metropolitan Golf Links
*Coaching available to public
1 Clubhouse Memorial Rd, Alameda, CA 94502-6502
NorCal Golf Academy
Walnut Creek CA
NOW LOCATED AT 1559 THIRD AVE, WALNUT CREEK, CA
*Coaching available to public
1559 Third Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597