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Jordan King Thomas, PGA

Director of Instruction


PGA Crest

Rancho Palos Verdes , CA
Rick Smith Golf Academy, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

About Jordan

Born in Chapel Hill, NC Jordan was taught by his grandfather since age seven. His Grandpa King was a member of Medinah Country Club his whole life as well as his great grandfather. At the age of 22 Jordan got a job in the cart barn at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, HI. While there, he refined his skills by playing in every tournament possible where he was able to play competitively at a high level within the state. In 2008 Jordan assisted in the opening of the Ernie Els design Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach, HI. While there he earned his Class A certification from the PGA of America working his way to the First Assistant and Lead Instructor. Following his passion, he accepted a job teaching for Jim McLean out of Trump National Doral in Miami, FL. After a few years with Jim McLean he moved to Southern California and helped Henry Brunton open and run his golf academy at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA. Wanting to understand more about the idiosyncrasies of clubfitting he accepted a job with Club Champion as a Master Fitter and Master Builder. Through all of these experiences Jordan has been able to learn from some of the best in the business. Currently Jordan sits on the board of the Southern California Teaching Committee. Currently he is head of west coast operations and Director of Instruction for the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Trump National Los Angles. To learn more go to as well as






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Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Get comfortable for business golf

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Connect with golfers of similar age

Connect with golfers of similar skill

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

Get swing diagnostic testing

Earn a college golf scholarship

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Rick Smith Golf Academy

Rancho Palos Verdes CA


Here at the Rick Smith Golf Academy we focus on all aspects of the golf game. A good golf swing is only one aspect of scoring well. We will focus on proper swing techniques and club delivery skills utilizing our TrackMan with a dual camera system. But we will also work on your short game at one of our three chipping and putting greens. Most importantly we will need to see you play the game of golf. We are lucky to have one of the most beautiful and difficult course here in Southern California at Trump Los Angles. If you can play well here, you can play well anywhere!

*Coaching available to public

1 Trump National Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-6173