Meet The Instructors
Meet The Instructors
The Westin Golf Academy, headed by Barry Clayton, caters to every golfing level. Whether you are looking to book a beginner lesson, take our $25 clinics, or schedule an intensive golf school; Barry Clayton and David Curtis are ready to help you with your game. With thousands of lessons under our instructors belts, we have one of the most experienced teaching programs in the valley. Call 760-328-4303 to book a lesson today!
Barry Clayton, PGA
Director of Instruction
Barry has been the Director of Instruction at The Westin Mission Hills Resort since 1996. He coordinates all of our Golf Digest Golf Schools, Troon Golf Getaways, Westin Golf Academy Schools and private hourly lessons. Barry was voted by his peers as the "2003, 2006, 2007, and 2015 PGA Desert Chapter Teacher of the Year" and continues to search for the most simple to understand teaching techniques. He has worked with and taken instruction from some of the worlds leading golf instructors including; Jim McLean, Tim Mahoney, Mike & Sandy LaBauve, Craig Shankland and Dr. Gary Wiren. Barry is also a very highly rated player in Southern California having finished in the top 10 in numerous local and regional tournaments. He has taught thousands of golf lessons to golfers of all skill levels, and his biggest thrill is simplifying your golf swing and making understandable adjustments that will help provide more enjoyment in your golf game.
Lead Teaching Professional
Pete Dye Resort Course
David turned professional after leading his college team to a California State Championship in 2004. He has honed his instruction skills over the years with many hours of golf schools, lessons, and junior programs. Current certifications: Troon Golf Academy, Golf Digest Schools, Advantage Golf Schools, Callaway Club Fitter, and True Temper. David has learnd from some of the finest instructors in the country, and is excited about passing along his knowledge to his students.
David is also an accomplished player who has won six PGA section tournaments, 2016 PGA Desert Chapter Player of the Year, and 2016 PGA Desert Chapter Assistant's Championship. David looks forward to helping you refine your golf game in a golf school, private lesson, or clinic.
Lead Instructor/Golf Professional
Gary Player Signature Course
Bobby previously served as our Academy Lead Instructor from 1999 through 2009, and returned to the Westin Mission Hills on November 10 for the 6-month winter season.
You may remember Bobby, as he penned a weekly column for the Desert Sun, which began in April, 2001, and ran for 250 consecutive weeks. In addition to his literary endeavors, Bobby spends the summer months teaching hands-on as the Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at Little Turtle in Columbus, Ohio.
For lessons or more information please call The Westin Golf Academy at 760-328-4303