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John R. King, PGA

Head Golf Professional


PGA Crest

Poland, ME
Poland Spring Country Club, Poland, ME

About John

John King Golf brings measurable assessments and individualized practice plans to improve players skills associated with lower scores. John is the Head Golf Professional at Poland Spring Resort in Poland, Maine during the months of May - October. During the months of November - April John runs John King Golf Coaching & Instruction at The Robert Trent Jones Trail Grand National in Opelika, Alabama. As the Head Golf Professional at Poland Spring Resort John coaches players of all levels in private, semi-private, clinic and golf school settings. Along with instruction and coaching, John is also responsible for golf merchandising, tournament management, and member / guest services.. Formerly Director of Instruction and owner of The Golf Performance Studio of Auburn, in Auburn Alabama. An indoor golf training and player development studio utilizing state-of-the-art technology and extensive player programs ranging from a corrective lesson to year round player development and training. A native of Portland, Maine, John has a teaching resume boasting high-end resorts and private country clubs, which span the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Early in his golf career, John was recruited by Ken Venturi for whom he worked for eleven years. John taught for Mr. Venturi at the Ken Venturi Golf Academy at Greenlefe in Haines City, FL; he later moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where he served as the Director of Instruction and owner for the KVGA at Grandover Resort.

From 2005 to 2014, John was the Director of Instruction at Saugahatchee Country Club, during his time at SCC John was recognized by the Dixie Section PGA as the Teacher of the Year and Junior Golf Leader in the Alabama Chapter. John was also named as a top teacher in the state by being awarded #3 Top Teacher in the State of Alabama by Golf Digest. John is a Level 2 Certified Plane Truth Golf instructor that constantly strives to become a valuable, more educated professional that enjoys being part of a players improvement. John’s primary focus while working with players is to have accurate and current measures of his student’s golf skills, physicathil capabilities, an effective improvement plan and good goals. John guarantees player improvement while continuing to work within the player’s experience and capabilities. What makes John King Golf truly unique is the results based coaching guarantee and the on-course assessment, one of the main corner stones in all our programs. The unique on-course game assessment reveals the true component where golfers can cut strokes off their game, add more specific structure to their practice time and reveal scoring opportunities. This process opens up the opportunity to explore the best possible options to help golfers achieve their goals and shot lower scores. Golfers seeking private instruction on specific skills or technique are not required to participate in assessment even though it is strongly recommended.





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“John’s use of technology and understanding of the game are top notch. Really helped me see what I needed to do to get better.”

Arthur Batson, Falmouth, ME


“Simply put, John King is the best golf instructor I have ever worked with. He can teach players of all levels, from beginners all the way to touring professionals. He will increase your passion for the game and ability to play it.”

Adam Dolder, New York, NY


“John King is truly a fine instructor and even a better person. To take your game to the next level, get John King involved in your process."

Coach Dave Jennings, CACC Men's Golf, Alexander City, AL


“Do yourself a favor and go see John King.”

Jeremy Johnson, Auburn, AL


“John King is a great guy and a great teacher. Thirty minutes into my lesson I was hitting the ball solid and 15 yards further. My only regret is that I didn’t go see John King sooner. Top notch.”

Jeff Lewis, LaGrange, GA

John'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

Connect with golfers of similar age

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Earn a college golf scholarship

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Add 10 yards

Break 90

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

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John's Facilities

Poland Spring Country Club

Poland ME


18 Hole Donald Ross design golf course with practice facility and Hilltop restaurant. Pro shop is fully stocked with the latest fashion apparel and equipment. Private lessons, group clinics and golf schools available from PGA Professional John King.

*Coaching available to public

37 Robbins Way, Poland, ME 04274-6117

Facility Offerings
Fenn Park Practice Facility

330 yard driving range with a 10,000 square foot grass tee, 10 hitting stalls with synthetic hitting mats, practice bunker and several target greens.

Short Game Practice Area

4,000 square foot Bent Grass putting green with practice bunker and chipping / pitching area.

On-site Lodging

Four unique lodging choices; The Maine Inn, The Presidential Inn, The Lodge and 11 Cottages. Each room or cottage offers clean comfortable accommodations.

Opelika AL


Grand National, by all reports, was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen. Built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, 32 of the 54 holes drape along its filigreed shores. Both the Links course and the Lake course were in the top 10 of Golf Digest's list of "America's Top 50 Affordable Courses" and all three courses at Grand National are listed among the nation's 40 Super Value courses by Golf Digest's "Places to Play". The Lake course is also the host course for the Zimmer Biomet Championship.

*Coaching available to public

3000 Robert Trent Jones Trl, Opelika, AL 36801-1116

Facility Offerings
Practice Facility

Double sided driving range with impeccable short game area including Champion Bermudagrass putting green, chipping / pitching green with practice bunker.

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