Coach Portrait

Gene B. Bakkum, PGA

PGA Coach


PGA Crest

Oakland, CA
Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland, CA

About Gene

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:, email us at info@elevategolfacademy or call (510) 955-GOLF (4653).



Gene in Action

Recent Photos

Gene in Action

Recent Photos


Gene was the best decision for my game. I started seeing Gene after my freshman year on the Cal Women’s Golf Team. He helped transform my game to a new level and brought me back to a place where I fell back in love with the game.

Joi Pentin


Coach Gene truly aspires to see his students reach their goals in the game of golf. Under his tutelage, I accomplished my goal of playing golf at a collegiate level, with an athletic scholarship, at Cal State East Bay.

Melissa Hosman


Gene helped me go from an 8 hdcp down to a +0.7. I recently won our Club Championship, and now I'm working toward national amateur events.

Graeme Nelson


After my first session with Gene, using the Scoring Method, I shot my best score by 9 shots and broke 100 for the first time!

Tim Manibusan


When I started with Coach Gene, I had trouble breaking 90 and was always upset at myself after rounds. Now, with a lot of help from Coach Gene, I am a 1 handicap and am aiming towards playing Division 1 college golf.

Adrian Davis

Gene's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

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

Break 100

Break 80

Break 90

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

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

Player Type







Playing with disabilities

Session Type



Gene's Facilities

Metropolitan Golf Links

Oakland CA

*Coaching available to public

10051 Doolittle Dr, Oakland, CA 94603-1025

Alameda CA

*Coaching available to public

1 Clubhouse Memorial Rd, Alameda, CA 94502-6502

Walnut Creek CA


*Coaching available to public

1559 Third Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Begin Your Journey

Work with Gene

Contact Gene