Coach Portrait

David E. La Pour, PGA

Director Of Coaching


PGA Crest

Bluffton, SC
Pinecrest Golf Club, Bluffton, SC

About David

As a class A PGA Member since 1991, David has worked in several different positions in the golf industry including Assistant Golf Professional, Head Golf Professional (Broken Sound Club), and Director of Instruction (Colleton River Club). David started teaching exclusively with Dave Pelz in 1996, and after his 8 years with Pelz, created the WP Golf Institute in St. Paul Minnesota (2003). In 2008 David accepted the position of Director of Instruction for Colleton River Club in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he developed the Colleton River Golf Instruction program including the construction of a state-of-the-art Learning Center. During his tenure with Pelz, David appeared on The Golf Channel six times, as well as ESPN. He has published numerous instructional articles, 12 Instructional shows titled “Managing Your Golf Game” and has worked with tour players such as Bill Glasson, K.J. Choi, Ty Tryon, John Harris, Miguel Angel Martin, Mike Sullivan, Tom Shaw, Justin Doeden, Michael Pittelli, Melissa Mc Namara, and Blake Kennedy. Nominated for national PGA of America teacher of the year (2001), David was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Top Teaching Professionals in Minnesota from 2005 to 2008 and in South Carolina from 2013-2020. In 2013 he was selected as the PGA Teacher of the Year for the Carolina Section/ HHI Chapter, 2019 & 2020 Top 50 Instructor for Operation 36, Top 100 Instructor for GRAA 2020, along with nationally ranked Top 25 PGA Jr. League program. Acquiring his TrackMan Masters status in 2014, David also uses Titleist Performance Institute, Apple/V1-Video, BodiTrak, K-Coach & Tour Tempo to help his students succeed. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tournament golf, testing the limits of TrackMan, Scouting, and spending time with his family in Bluffton, South Carolina.

• Life Member PGA Golf Professional (1991) • Golf Digest Best in State (SC) 2013-2020 • PGA Junior League Top 25 National Program
• Operation 36 Top 50 Instructor 2019-2023 • Top 100 Instructor 2020-2022 GRAA
• TrackMan Master (2014) • TPI Level 2 Golf Fitness Instructor (2011) • K-Vest Certified • BodiTrak Certified





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David's passion for golf and love of the game is apparent the moment you meet him. He has a brilliant eye and is the reason I’ve been able to take over 20 strokes (and counting!) off my score!"

Barb S.

David'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

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar age

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Improve your Short Game

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Make the high school golf team

Earn a college golf scholarship

Get swing diagnostic testing

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

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Playing with disabilities

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David's Facilities

Pinecrest Golf Club

Bluffton SC


Tucked away in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry, Pinecrest Golf Club is peacefully secluded, yet decidedly exciting. Our 18-hole championship course & practice facility are a great test of golf. Spend the morning with the Golf Academy and the afternoon on the links!

*Coaching available to public


1 Pinecrest Way, Bluffton, SC 29910-7815

Facility Offerings
Mission Golf Academy

Our mission is to simply “Share the good news about golf and God.” Our main goal is to create a fun, safe, and productive home for the family of golf while offering golf related solutions.

Mission Golf Academy Programs

Junior Golf Programs - PGA Jr. League Recreational Golfer Programs - Golf Schools & Clinics Advanced Golfer - Tour Player programs Community Outreach - Folds of Honor & others

Bluffton SC


Virtual coaching using CoachNow and Zoom. Get better at home!

*Coaching available to public


28 PARK CIRCLE, Bluffton, SC 29910

Facility Offerings
Golf Swing Analysis

Get coaching from a Golf Digest Top Ranked coach.

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