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The Westin Golf Academy, headed by Barry Clayton, caters to every golfing level. Whether you are looking to book a beginner lesson, take our 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, 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 world's 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.

David Curtis, PGA
Lead Teaching Professional
Pete Dye Resort Course


David Curtis 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: Class A PGA, PGA.Coach,  Golf Digest Schools, Advantage Golf Schools, Callaway Club Fitter, and True Temper. David has taught with 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 seven local PGA section tournaments: 
2016 PGA Desert Chapter Player of the Year
2016 PGA Desert Chapter Assistant's Championship
2017 PGA Desert Chapter Assistant Professional of the Year
2018 PGA Desert Chapter Associate Player of the Year
2019 PGA Desert Chapter Junior Golf Development Leader
David looks forward to helping you refine your golf game in a golf school, private lesson, or clinic.

For lessons or more information please call the Westin Mission Hills Golf Academy at 760.328.4303.