New director of instruction at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club creating more opportunities to learn

Scott Johnson is the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club’s new director of instruction. Photo by Karen Billing

The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club has a renewed focus for getting more community members out on the course, learning the game. Under the watch of new Director of Instruction Scott Johnson, the club has developed a comprehensive instruction program, which it didn’t have before.

“Knowing what a great instructor Scott is and how the membership at the Golf Club supports and loves Scott, it was decided Scott was the ideal individual to build and grow a first-rate golf instructional program at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club,” said RSF Golf Club Manager Al Castro.

Johnson said he is looking forward to engaging the community more and doing a lot of the teaching himself.

Johnson has been at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club for 31 years, serving as the assistant golf professional for many years before becoming the head golf professional. He knows many of the members very well, teaching many of them as kids when they were growing up, Castro said.

As Johnson takes on his new role, Mike Lissebeck has taken over the head golf professional duties. Lissebeck has been in the golf industry for 20 years as a professional at The Grand Golf Club, Maderas Golf Club and Morgan Run Club and Resort.

The club will now have a full schedule of one-on-one and small group lessons, more clinics and on-course playing lessons. Instruction caters to all levels, from beginners who just want to get the ball into the air to advanced players looking to refine their skills. Instruction is open to all Rancho Santa Fe Association members, whether or not they are members at the club.

The club’s instructional program will feature Johnson as well as the club’s five high-quality golf pros who have more than 100 years of combined teaching experience.

In addition to having more instruction available, players will also be able to take advantage of new technology such as the FlightScope launch monitor.

Since July, the club has been using the FlightScope to measure players’ equipment and ball data during the swing and at impact.

“It’s a great teaching and fitting tool,” Johnson said.

Golf can be a challenging game to learn, so the ability of the club to offer extra attention and time to player development is a big benefit, Johnson said. He added that they are hoping to get more juniors to the course as well as novices.

“We want to get more people involved in playing the game and playing the golf course,” Johnson said. “Rancho Santa Fe is a great golf course with wonderful facilities and a welcoming membership.”

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