Michael E. Brabenec, PGAPGA Teaching Professional
Note: I teach at (5) golf courses in San Luis Obispo County click the "Book Now" button to view golf course options.
I was introduced to the game of golf at the age of 9 by my best friend's father. I was hooked immediately! My best friend Mike took weekly golf lessons at a local Bay Area driving range. I would tag along and hit balls in the stall next to Mike while taking his golf lesson. I soaked up every word that came out of the golf instructor's mouth just like a sponge. I applied what I heard to my golf swing, learning what worked the best for me. I grew to love the game of golf in so many ways. While growing up, I played several competitive team sports: baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and swimming, but my focus always returned to golf. I quickly learned how the other sports I played helped my golf game. I loved the personal challenge of golf, from the different golf courses to play with different people. I loved the game!
At the age of 15, my first job, you guessed it, was at a golf course, Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View, California. My responsibilities were picking the driving range, washing golf carts, and bag drop. Within one year, I was a golf shop assistant. In 1989 I moved to San Luis Obispo, California, to attend California Polytechnic University SLO. While attending school, I worked at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. I graduated with a B.S. in Recreation Administration in the spring of 1995. I ended up doing my college internship at the Avila Beach Golf Resort to finish out my degree. I have PGA Head Professional Scott Sickich to thank for that opportunity and his guidance along the way. Now that I had my college degree, I decided it was time to focus on my career in golf, and by the summer of 1996, I was the Head Professional at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. I was still working on earning my PGA Club Professional status. I spent every moment I could expanding my knowledge of the business side of golf.
I was fortunate to be mentored by two great Golf Professionals, Tom Stankowski, PGA 1996-98, and Billy Gibbs, PGA 1998-2011. While being a PGA Apprentice and a PGA Member, I was fortunate enough to teach side by side with them. My job mirrored the "Learn by Doing" experience at Cal Poly SLO. As a result, my knowledge of the golf swing grew exponentially. More importantly, Tom & Billy influenced my teaching style by demonstrating the importance of understanding how each student learns and what techniques work best for them, individually, to achieve success. They taught me how to simplify golf instruction to the benefit of the student(s). By the early 2000's I was a PGA Professional, Director of Golf at Avila Beach Golf Resort and Blacklake Golf Resort. I created the Avila Beach Golf Academy with Billy Gibbs, PGA. My teaching skills continued to evolve, and I loved every moment. I continued to work as the Dir. of Golf and a golf instructor at the Avila Beach Golf Resort & Blacklake Golf Resorts through the end of 2011. During that time, several PGA Professionals, including myself, created the Golf C.A.R.E. Program, a monthly golf clinic program. We offered monthly golf clinics to over 150 members. It was amazing working with six other PGA Professionals during this time, one of them was PGA Teaching Professional, Jim Delaby. Jim's approach to golf instruction was to think outside of the box.
In June of 2000, Billy and I created the Golf Talk Radio with Mike & Billy Program. We aired live for 20 years on ESPN Radio in San Luis Obispo, Ca. and Bakersfield, Ca. We interviewed many great PGA and LPGA Tour greats from Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Lehman, Larry Mize, John Daly, Fred Couples, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, Dottie Pepper, Natalie Gulbis, and Brittany Lincicome. We listened to every word on how they approached the game of golf. We interviewed the top golf instructors David Leadbetter, Jim Flick, Jim Hardy, Jim McLean, Sean Foley, Dave Stockton, Rick Smith, Laird Small, Butch Harmon, Mike Bender, and Dean Reinmuth. I soaked up every word that I heard. These incredible people helped shape my teaching philosophy and what it means to be a PGA Professional.
January 2012, I started the certification process for the First Tee Junior Golf & Life Skill program. Becoming a part of the First Tee program was life-changing working with juniors and seeing the positive impact the First Tee had on every one of them in life and golf. I became a Certified First Tee Coach in the spring of 2015 one of my proudest accomplishments! In December 2012 I accepted the Director of Golf position at the Paso Robles Golf Club in Paso Robles, Ca. On September 1st, 2021, I opened the MB Golf Academy and teach at several golf courses on the Central Coast of California. I am so blessed and lucky to have had these experiences. To have learned from this group of PGA/LPGA players & golf instructors & share their knowledge with you to learn to love the game.
Helping players achieve their goals.
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
Improve your Short Game
Make the high school golf team
Get swing diagnostic testing
Add 10 yards
Prepare for Tournament Golf
Earn a college golf scholarship
Playing with disabilities
Paso Robles Golf Club
Paso Robles CA
The Paso Robles Golf Club is in the heart of the Central Coast of California's wine country making it a great golf destination! The Paso Robles Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship golf course that is perfect for all skill levels. Call 805-238-4722 for more information.
*Coaching available to public
1600 Country Club Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446-3427
Deeds Bar & Grill
Deeds Bar & Grill offers the best dining in Paso Robles and a remarkable atmosphere that is unique to Paso Robles. Our covered & heated veranda features panoramic golf course views.