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Todd Sones, PGA Master Professional

Director of Instruction


PGA Crest

Vernon Hills, IL
Todd Sones Impact Golf Staff, Vernon Hills, IL

About TODD

Todd began his golf career in 1981. After working as a club professional for 15 years culminating with the position of Director of Golf at the prestigious Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake forest Illinois, he decided to completely turn his attention to coaching golf, opening Impact Golf in 1997. Todd gathered his experience over the last 39 years working with thousands of people of all types giving over 60,000 private lessons in his career.

When asked who Todd likes to work with, he would answer “anyone that really wants to get better and is willing to do their part”. Joe Durant, Scott McCarron, Robert Gamez, Shaun Micheel, Jay Williamson, 1996 Men’s U.S. Open Champion Steve Jones, Paul Goydos, Chip Beck, Stephanie Louden, and 2003 U.S. Women”s Open Champion, Hilary Lunke are just some of the PGA/LPGA professionals who have been coached by Todd.

Todd founded the Impact Golf School at White Deer Run in 1997 with the goal of becoming the most comprehensive instruction program in the country. In 2016 Impact Golf was given the “Editors Choice Award” for best school by Golf Digest.

Todd has been voted one of the Top 100 Golf Instructors in America by Golf Magazine since it’s inception in 1996 and has remained on that list consecutively for 24 years, as well as one of the 50 Greatest Teachers in America by Golf Digest. He has twice been named Teacher of the Year and been given the Horton Smith award three times in the Illinois PGA and was awarded the National PGA Horton Smith Award in 2019.

Todd has published over 100 articles in major publications, such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Todd has also published 3 successful books; “Lights Out Putting”, “Saving Par”, “The Scoring Zone” and his latest book “In The Zone”. Todd developed “The Scoring Zone” short game system that has helped thousands of people to significantly lower their average score.

Todd has also developed and patented the “Tri-Fit” system for custom fitting putters, which has helped players of levels and gender substantially improve their putting skills.






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“Todd’s excellent Teaching Skills have made a difference for everyone from PGA Tour Players to high handicappers”

Steve Jones 8 time PGA Tour winner including 1996 U.S. Open


I’ve been fortunate to have Todd’s help during my career, and his reputation as a top teacher speaks for itself.”

Joe Durant 3 time PGA tour Winner, 2 time PGA Champions Tour Winner


“Todd has helped me since my college days in sharpening the scoring shots that aided me in winning the 2003 US Women’s Open.”

Hilary Lunke LPGA Tour 2003 U.S. Women’s Open


Todd and his staff are knowledgeable and able to communicate their knowledge and experience to their students. I look forward to continuing my training with Todd and his staff as my game progresses.

Jeff M-student


My stance was a big issue. My putter after you folks fixed was like magic. I played better golf than I have in years. I am signed up for the full swing and look forward to it. Golf is fun again, and nicely competitive.

Tom S-Student

TODD's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

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

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TODD's Facilities

Todd Sones Impact Golf Staff

Vernon Hills IL


White Deer Run is a premium public 18 hole facility located in the Northern suburbs of Chicago. We have a 2-acre grass tee, accompanied by a 14 stall shelter for inclement weather that allows us to coach in most weather conditions From April through October. White Deer also has 2 separate short games areas to work on the shots that will help you to lower your score.

*Coaching available to public

C/O White Deer Run Golf Club, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Facility Offerings
Buffalo Grove Golf Dome

Winter location from November through mid-April. Perfect to improve your entire game over the winter months.