Donald W. Thames, PGA

PGA Crest

Rancho Murieta, CA
Emerald Lakes Golf Course, Elk Grove, CA

About Don

During my fifty year career in playing and teaching the game, I have discovered that many people tend to focus on and continually try to fix something that they think is wrong with their swing. I have come to know that every player has a unique or idiosyncratic way to swing the club. Trying to change or fix burned in swing characteristics is counter-productive. Instead, I focus on teaching clients the skills necessary for improved scoring. The focus in the Fun. Smart. Fit. Golf… Program will be to learn to lower scores through improvement in the parts of the game most responsible for efficient scoring. Therefore clients will learn how to be physically fit for golf, they will learn the fine points of putting, how to get the ball up and down, understand ball flight laws so they may coach themselves in their ball striking and finally to think like a champion. I believe that a program consisting of written guidelines, training drills and practice regimens will allow for improvement, better scoring and more enjoyment of the game.






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Don's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Having More Fun

Have more fun on the course

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 90

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Earn a college golf scholarship

Students & Lessons

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Don's Facilities

Emerald Lakes Golf Course

Elk Grove CA

Nine hole golf course night lighted driving range with grass. Gem of a golf course with four par fours a par five and four par threes. Great condition throughout facility. Fast putting greens.

*Coaching available to public

10651 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624-9705

Facility Offerings
Individual Lessons

One hour or half hour.

Semi-Private 2 players

One hour.

Groups Lessons

Up to 8 players. One hour.

Mental Game Workshops

1-4 hour offerings.