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Papago Golf Club offers best-in-class instruction to golfers of all abilities and skill levels – from beginners to those looking to improve your handicap and overall enjoyment of your next round.

With two of the most seasoned PGA instructors in the Phoenix Valley area, in addition to Papago’s long-tenured Head Golf Professional, we are confident you will find the right fit for your personality and game. Our large practice facility is well-suited to provide your customized lessons in a location where you have ultimate focus and separation from other players.

Papago is also a proud participant of both the PING and Titleist custom fitting programs. PING club fittings are available by one of our two on staff certified master fitters by appointment Tuesday – Friday weekly. One of only three valley area Titleist fitting locations, these personized sessions are available by appointment on Thursday weekly. Additional benefits of custom club fitting at Papago include exclusive discounts on fitted clubs and prioritized pickup/delivery. We know once you order your new custom clubs – you want them fast!


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Matt Trimble, PGA

While teaching golf to the public at the ASU Karsten course from 1992-2018, Matt worked on cooperative efforts with the ASU Men's and Women's Golf Programs. In addition to teaching past and current players, Matt has also filled in as a coach for the programs when in need. He is the current volunteer coach for the Women's Program under Missy Farr-Kaye.

Matt has been acknowledged as one of the best teachers in Arizona by Golf Digest Magazine for the last eight years running. Testimonials on the website include recommendations from Jon Rahm, PGA; Tim Mickelson, PGA Tour Caddie; Dana Finkelstein, LPGA and Zach Wright, PGA.

Prior to working at ASU, Matt was employed at Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale where he worked for 7 years under head pros Duff Lawrence and John Miller.

Lesson Rates

Single Lesson $110.00
3 Lessons $300.00
6 Lessons $550.00
20 Lessons $1650.00
Junior Years 11-17
Single Lesson $85.00
3 Lessons $225.00
6 Lessons $400.00
20 Lessons $1200.00

All lessons are 45 minutes in length, but can be booked in consecutive means to accommodate the needs of the client. For more information about Matt and to book appointments online, click View Matt Trimble's website in a new tab here to visit Matt's website.

Scott Watkins

Scott Watkins, PGA

Scott Watkins is following in the footsteps of his father, local golf icon Arch Watkins, who served as Papago's first head professional from 1963 to 1981. A three-time state champion at Scottsdale's Coronado High School, Scott went on to earn both Pac-10 Player of the Year and First-Team All-American honors in 1979 as an Arizona State Sun Devil, before breaking into the PGA TOUR at 22 years old in 1980. After realizing tour life wasn't for him, Watkins retuned to Phoenix to begin a career as an instructor, while still competing in PGA Southwest Section tournaments. He won the Southwest Section Championship four times and the Arizona Open once. These successes came with exemptions into PGA TOUR tournaments in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. Scott has also been a Five-Time Nominee for Golf Magazines Top 100 Golf Instructors, with rankings of 9th in 2009, 12th in 2010, 11th in 2011 and 7th in 2013 and been selected as the Southwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year.

Lesson Rates

All lessons are for 45 minutes

Single Lesson $150.00
Mini Series of 6 Lessons $750.00
Palmer Series of 12 Lessons $1350.00
Nicklaus Series of 30 Lessons $3360.00
Single Lesson $90.00
Mini Series of 6 Lessons $450.00
Palmer Series of 12 Lessons $810.00
Nicklaus Series of 30 Lessons $2015.00

For more information about Scott and to book appointments online, click View Scott Watkins' website in a new tab here to visit Scott's website.

Rob Hartmann, Head Golf Professional

All lessons are for 45 minutes.

Single Lesson -  $80
3 Lessons -        $235
5 Lessons -        $375 
8 Lessons -        $600
10 Lessons -      $700
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Zach Amsler, PGA

Zach is a class A PGA Professional as of March 2020. He has been in the golf business since 2016 and has shadowed multiple top instructors across different states. His experience ranges from juniors all the way to elite level adults. In addition to private lessons, Zach teaches a Welcome to Golf program at Papago Golf Club geared towards beginner adults of all ages. In the first season of the program, there were over 85 participants and the program has been wildly successful. Before being at Papago Golf Club, Zach was located at French Lick Resort in Indiana where he helped run the local First Tee Program. How to book: All lessons with Zach can be booked via email or on pga coach.
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Lesson Rates

1 45-minute lesson $75
3-lesson package $200
5-lesson package $300