The teaching professionals at Bennett Valley Golf Course have over a combined 60 years of experience helping people improve their games. Instruction is available seven days a week (weather permitting) by Greg Anderson, Jim Knego, and Jess Stimack. Private, 30-minute lessons are $50 for Jim Knego and Jess Stimack. Both teaching pros offer a package deal: Pay for five lessons, and get the sixth one free.

If you’d like to take a lesson with a friend, the rates for a 45-minute session are $75. Group lessons are available for beginners during the summer. The rate is $100 for a five-lesson series. Private lessons for juniors (18 and under) are half price. To book a lesson with Jim or Jess, or for more information, call the pro shop at 707-528-3673.  Please click on Greg’s “bio” below for details on his instruction programs.

About Our Instructors

Greg Anderson, PGA Director of Instruction

As the #1 player on his NCAA Division-1 University of San Diego golf team and with professional success as a multiple course record holder and winner of numerous Northern California PGA Sectional Tournaments, Greg has taken the dedication he had as a player and utilizes that same commitment and enthusiasm in his coaching profession. He trained under some of the best golf instructors in the business including Jim Flick, Jack Lumpkin, Bob Toski, Paul Runyan, Dean Reinmuth, and Rick Smith.

For students interested in the technical side of the golf swing, Greg’s coaching includes the optional use of V1 Golf Swing Analysis and a Zelocity PureLaunch Monitor, which measure ball velocity, club head speed, carry/total distance, power transfer ratio, launch angle, and total ball spin. Video highlights of your golf lesson can be sent via email.

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Jim Knego

Jim Knego has been a PGA Class A professional since 1990. He grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from Sonoma High School in 1969. Here’s a look at his accomplishments in golf:

  • 1971, first team all-conference at Santa Rosa Junior College
  • 1972-1974, first team all-conference at Chico State University
  • 1974, named to NCAA collegiate All-American team
  • 2001, inducted into Chico State University hall of fame
  • 2011, inducted into Sonoma High School hall of fame

Jim has played many tournaments on the Hogan Tour (now the Tour), and competed in a PGA Professional National Championship as well as three Senior PGA Professional National Championships. Jim is head golf professional at Bennett Valley Golf Course.

Jess Stimack

Jess Stimack grew up in Santa Rosa and started working at Bennett Valley Golf Course in 1999 while attending Montgomery High School. He then went to Chico State, played on the golf team four years, and competed in three national championships. After college, Jess interned in the pro shop at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and worked behind the scenes of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am. After moving back to Santa Rosa, he returned to Bennett Valley Golf Course and turned professional in 2008. He’s also head coach of Montgomery High School’s boys golf team.