Meet Chris Staples

Senior Golf Instructor

Chris grew up in Los Angeles as an elite junior and collegiate player and has turned his passion for golf into a highly successful coaching career that spans more than 15 years and includes over 2,000 lessons taught. A graduate of Coastline Community College and Cal State-Long Beach, Chris’ experiences have presented the chance to coach and mentor some of the top juniors in the nation.

In this role, Chris leads practices, provides one-on-one instruction, supports partnership building and outreach in the community to support the Foundations strategic growth initiatives to expand programming and opportunities specific to this region (Southwest Los Angeles).

Prior to joining the Foundation, Chris was the Assistant Golf Professional at Medford Lakes CC in New Jersey, where he was directly involved in expanding the junior golf program. After that, Chris served as the Director of Youth, Family and Adaptive Golf for Haggin Oaks GC in Sacramento. He was instrumental in the development of a refreshed junior golf program while introducing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives to club staff.

In 2022, Chris founded his own coaching program, Pure Flight Golf Academy, where he travels nationally with elite junior golf clients and shapes their development.

Chris is also currently assisting several foundations which include the Pinkney Foundation, Sacramento Area Black Golfer's Club and the Steve and Marjorie Foundation.

Why do you enjoy working with kids?

"Kids are the deepest form of expression. They usually are unfiltered, which I enjoy, and they keep me young. Kids turn into teenagers and teenagers move the needle in culture."

Why is golf a great sport for young people to learn?

"Golf is a great sport because it is the strongest comparison to life. I believe golf incorporates all the tools to build quality character."

Contact Chris Staples at: [email protected].