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Jim DeLaby, PGA

PGA Golf Instructor and Life Coach


PGA Crest

Nipomo, CA
Monarch Dunes Golf Club, Nipomo, CA

About Jim

Jim H. DeLaby III, who has been teaching golf since 1986, is a certified Life Coach, certified First Tee Coach and a 30 Year Life member of the PGA. In 1984 Jim was an All-American and member of the 1984 National Champion CSU Stanislaus Warriors Team. He is a two-time Teacher of the Year, Northern Chapter SCPGA (1996 & 2003) and 2001 Club Fitter of the Year, Northern Chapter, SCPGA. Since 2008, Jim has been invited to co-host ESPN Golf Talk Radio with Mike & Billy, several shows a year

Prior to coming to the Central Coast, Jim was the Head Golf and Teaching Professional at La Purisma Golf Course from 1990 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000, He acted as Director of Instruction for the Teacher Certification Program at the Professional Golfers Career College. He then ran the Cypress Ridge Golf Academy from 2000-2006. With the help of Avila and Blacklake Golf Courses from 2006 to 2009, Jim co-created and ran the popular Golf C.A.R.E. Program. Past PGA Director of Instruction for the Monarch Dunes Golf Academy. Though still available for instruction at Monarch Dunes, he now, focuses on development of future inventions, books, podcasts, blogs, and You Tube Channel, coming in the near future.

Jim, who works with all levels, has honed in his specialty to help the confused, time starved, baby boomer, amateur or pro golfer. At 60 years of age, still shooting in low 70s with NO PRACTICE or RANGE BALLS, as of 2022, Jim is a pro golfer right handed and a proficient left handed amateur golfer. Because of the left handed development, he knows exactly what every level is going through, and many of his innovations and breakthroughs unseen in the industry are because of this and prayer focus.

Not only does Jim work with all levels of golfers from juniors to seniors, and beginners to advanced, he also has been involved in helping many other golf teachers’/coaches' hone in their skills. Training his many golf coaches over the years to not only coach but play better, his seminars for golf teachers include Club Fitting, Wally Armstrong Certification.

Jim is very motivated and inspiring. His excitement for the game of golf is infectious and he maintains a faithful following of students all over the Central Coast. We think you will appreciate his enthusiasm and expertise as he helps hone in your game.



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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

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

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Jim's Facilities

Monarch Dunes Golf Club

Nipomo CA

Monarch Dunes "The Old Course" opened to the public for play on January 1, 2006 and is the first 18-hole golf course constructed within Woodlands Village, the largest master-planned community in California’s Central Coast. Located in the southern end of San Luis Obispo County in Nipomo, the par-71 championship design introduces extraordinary links-style golf to central California’s scenic wine country. GOLF Magazine recognized The Old Course at Monarch Dunes among the “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play” in its January 2007 issue. Most recently, Golf Digest ranked Monarch Dunes third among “America’s Best New Courses” in their January 2008 issue, the only California-based course to make the magazine’s annual list, which features the 10 best new public-access courses. In August of 2008, Monarch Dunes opened our 12 hole, par 3 Challenge Course. At 1,750 yards The Challenge offers 5,000 square feet of tee space and has four sets of tee markers for players to choose from.

*Coaching available to public

PO Box 1128, Nipomo, CA 93444-1128

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