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Ari Rieger

Teaching Professional


PGA Crest

Santa Ana, CA
Willowick Muni. Golf Course, Santa Ana, CA

About Ari

Hello! I am the Head Golf Professional at Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana, CA, and leader of the all-new Willowick Golf Academy. I spent 2020 to 2023 on the east coast, where I served as the Lead Instructor/Junior Golf Coordinator for the Learning Center at Compass Pointe in Maryland. I am originally from Mill Valley, CA just north of San Francisco, and am thrilled to be back home in California! As a multi-sport athlete growing up, I did not get into golf until age 14. I was named team captain of my high school golf team as a junior, made all-league teams three years and won the league championship individual title senior year. I would go on to play NCAA collegiate golf at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where again I was named team captain as a junior.

As a coach, I believe in an individualized and holistic approach. I have a passion for helping players of any and all ages and skill levels achieve their best, and have a variety of tools to help each student. This includes incorporating modern technology (i.e. Sportsbox 3D) with old-school fundamentals, health and fitness, course management, and mental game coaching. I enjoy working with both juniors and adults, introducing new players to the game, as well as coaching more experienced golfers looking for that competitive edge.

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Ari in Action

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Had a great lesson recently with Ari. He does a terrific job of simplifying what you need to do to improve "your" golf swing. I think he's a great teacher! I look forward to continuing to work with him.

Robert K D.


Ari is fantastic. He has totally changed my golf game. He correctly pointed out the flaws in my swing and I have become a different player. A nice guy, too.

Dan O.


Had a lesson with Ari on chipping and pitching. He was terrific in explaining and demonstrating everything from the difference between the two, proper address, club selection, etc. Answered all my questions.

Carl K.


Ari is a brilliant coach. He has done wonders with my often mercurial eleven year old[...]He is a wonderful coach and we are very fortunate to have him.

Ryan E.


Ari is the best. My son loves working with him. He has been instrumental in improving my junior golfer's game.

Zach B.

Ari's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Having More Fun

Connect with golfers of similar age

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Have more fun on the course

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Break 90

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

Make the high school golf team

Improve your Short Game

Add 10 yards

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

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Ari's Facilities

Willowick Muni. Golf Course

Santa Ana CA

*Coaching available to public

3017 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92703-1827

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