Monarch Dunes Academy

Jim Delaby, PGA Director of Instruction




Prior to coming to the Central Coast, Jim, a two time PGA Northern Chapter Teacher of the Year and Fitter of the Year, was the Head Golf and Teaching Professional at La Purisma Golf Course from 1990 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000, Jim acted as Director of Instruction for the Teacher Certification Program at the Professional Golfers Career College. He then ran the Cypress Ridge Golf Academy from 2000-2006.  With the help of Avila and Blacklake Golf Courses from 2006 to 2009, Jim co-created and ran the popular Golf C.A.R.E. Program.  And has been involved in developing and then running the Monarch Dunes Golf Academy ever since then. Not only does Jim work with all levels of golfers from juniors to seniors, and beginners to advanced, he also has been involved in helping many other golf teachers’ hone in their skills. His seminars for golf teachers include Club Fitting, Wally Armstrong Certification, and teaching and certifying instructors for The LEARN GOLF! Program held at Monarch Dunes.

Jim:  805.478.5723


Rory Doll



Since graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2014, Rory Doll has committed himself to pursuing a professional playing career while simultaneously working to inspire excellence in his students. Rory Doll is a young decorated professional who is certified in biomechanics of the golf swing and a certified Titleist club fitter. He has studied the golf swing and the mental side of golf under some of golf’s top instructors. In 2014, Rory qualified for the sectional stage of the U.S. Open where he competed against top players in the world and defeating notables such as David Duval and Ben Crane among others. Rory was a 2014 NCAA All-American and 2-time NCAA All-Region. In 2014 Rory was also recognized as the Hauff-Mid America Player of the Year. In his 4 years as a collegiate golfer, Rory set 7 school records. Rory was also a 4-time First Team All-Conference selection while earning over 10 GPAC Player of the Week Honors.



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Rory:   805.748.4094


Dave Schimandle

Dave Schimandle began repairing and building custom clubs in 1975 shortly before turning professional in 1976. After three years of playing professionally, Dave focused his golf career toward teaching, club fitting, and repair. Since then, club making has evolved from steel shafts and wooden heads to high tech materials such as high modulus graphite and titanium while club fitting and teaching now utilize launch monitors to eliminate guesswork. These new technologies have enabled Dave to become a SOPHISTICATED CLUB FITTER AND INSTRUCTOR. Even though Dave has studied and broken down the mechanics of the golf swing into all of its nuances and pieces/parts, he doesn't like to teach them. He feels the golf swing is currently being over-taught, leading many players to "paralysis through analysis". Whether teaching beginners or touring pros, Dave's lessons primarily consist of the basics of the golf swing. Dave likes to say, "Little changes make big things happen”. Having stayed up to date with the evolution of equipment, playability factors of the equipment, and swing theories, Dave has become an expert CLUB FITTER and INSTRUCTOR. Dave feels a competent club fitter must understand the dynamics of the golf swing, and a good instructor must have a working knowledge of the equipment used. Dave has the combination of almost forty years of knowledge, the finest components available, and uses up-to-date technology such as the Flight Scope launch monitor to improve your golf experience.

Dave: 805-598-9993



Tip- “Strategies on the Challenge Course”

Here are 4 key strategies you should employ to successfully get through the Challenge Course:

First, THE Beginner PIN LOCATION, remember the Green and White Flag, the 8” oversized cup, has been placed on all the flat front pin locations on all 12 greens. We did this to help the beginner and intermediates enjoy the golf course to its fullest. I play this pin location often with my students, and I have to say, as a golf professional, its a blast to see that ball drop in the hole from long distance, often.

Second, THE Normal PIN LOCATION, the red flag has been placed usually in more challenging pin locations, on each green than the Green and White Pin. So, the goal on any green is to position your ball so that you are left with an uphill putt, or chip, or pitch to the red pin. For example, the red pin location on hole #8 when it is to the back left, to birdie this hole or to be consistent on this hole, when the red pin is there, your ball must get behind the hole so that you have an “uphill” putt or chip. This is a clever modern course design.

Third, THE BUNKERS have been cut and rolled on the lips or front of the bunkers, towards the greens. We did this so that our beginners to intermediate players could putt out of our bunkers. (We are one of the first golf courses in the country, possibly the world, to commit to this. Thank you to our sup.Tom Elliot)

And finally, THE GREEN AND YELLOW TEES, are placed strategically so that a golfer would never have a forced carry over water, a bunker, or waste area. And we have cut the fairways so that if you wanted to, or needed to, a golfer can hit a low chip or even putt from either tee.

Lesson Specials

Club repair and Club Making Specialist Dave Schimandle (And one of our Teachers), has a full set assessment special, ask him about it. 805 598-9993

Clinics and Supervised practice with our Teacher Rory Doll 805 748 4094 : 4-12 per group monthly charge for lots of help, great for all levels. New for Rory, he is now our Junior Golf Club director. Great benefits are awaiting are juniors if they want some instruction, practice, and play at Monarch Dunes.

$40 Golf Rehab with Strength and Flexibility Specialist with Bud Cassel 530 219-0920. Bud is worth every dollar, as he fully helped rehab me from my death bed 2 years ago. I can now play 18 holes with no repercussions, wow.

$160 for 3 half hour private lessons call or text Jim DeLaby, PGA Director Of Instruction, 805 478-5723