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Eric M. Jones, PGA

PGA Crest

Orinda, CA
Eric Jones Golf Academy, Castro Valley, CA

About Eric

Eric Jones is an award winning PGA Class "A" teaching professional. He was named 2014 PGA Teacher of the Year in Northern California, and in 2016 was recipient of the NCPGA Horton Smith Award for Education Excellence. He is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Eric is a former assistant Coach at Stanford University, where he also played his college golf. In 2003 he captured his first World Long Drive Championship title, and followed with his second world championship title in 2012. He was named the LDA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2004. Eric is the creator of The 5 Keys to Distance, the longest-running and most popular distance training program in golf. In addition to operating several teaching academies in Northern California, Eric is the author of numerous golf instruction books, including several best-sellers: Play Strategic Golf: Course Navigation, and How To Make A Yardage Guide, both available on Amazon. He is a frequent Keynote Speaker, has presented educational seminars for the PGA, and is an Advisory Board member for several golf industry companies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the JGANC (Junior Golf Association of Northern California), the oldest junior tournament organization in Northern California. Eric is the founder of, where he is leading the evolution of online golf instruction, performance training, and coaching.




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I wanted to update you on my progress, and the exciting things happening to my game. I’m hitting all my clubs longer and more squarely. In 3 months I’ve gone from the low 90s to the low 80s consistently. Thanks again for your great coaching

Jorge O.


I have to tell you that I’m absolutely delighted with your drills. I used to avoid the range for fear of reinforcing my mistakes. But now I am enjoying it, and can see improvement after only two sessions! Can’t wait to see more!

Jeff W.


Played a round of golf using your balance lesson and got excellent results. Hit the ball straighter and farther, this is no hype. I am 68 years old and golf has become fun again. Can’t wait to get to the next lesson.

Pat J


I'm a high school senior who had always struggled with consistency. But after you taught me about swing path and club face, I finally understand how to control the ball. Yesterday I shot 35 (1-under), which I never did before.

Gabriel M.


I wanted to send you a big thanks and tell you not only is my distance is up 10% on all clubs, but my scoring shots from 100yds and in are now hit with pure control. Your coaching has given me so much confidence!

Clayton P.

Eric'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 90

Break 80

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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Eric's Facilities

Eric Jones Golf Academy

Castro Valley CA


Redwood Canyon Golf Course, Castro Valley, CA 94546 510-537-8001

*Coaching available to public

17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546