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John F Crater III

First Assistant - Lead Instructor

PGA Crest

Salinas, CA
Corral de Tierra Country Club

About John

I have been playing golf for over two decades and working in the golf industry in one capacity or another for over half that time. Through my experiences with my own game and helping those of other players I have come to realize there is not one perfect way to swing the club. Everyone has different physical abilities, mental attitudes, and goals for their game. My goal in teaching this great game is to help you shoot lower scores and to have more fun doing it. I believe that being self taught and learning to play mostly through observation and trial and error has given me a unique perspective of the swing and how to relate it to different types of players. I want to help you find an efficient, repeatable golf swing that works for you. Whether it is a quick tip or a full overhaul, I would welcome the opportunity to help you play better golf!





John'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

Have more fun on the course

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Earn a college golf scholarship

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

Player Type




Playing with disabilities




Session Type



Skills & Tools

Improve with John.

Full Swing
Short Game
Course Strategy
Tournament Strategy
Club Fitting
Wedge Play
Physical Assessment
John's Facilities

Corral de Tierra Country Club

Salinas CA

*Coaching available to public


81 Corral de Tierra Rd, Salinas, CA 93908-9474

Begin Your Journey

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