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.

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 of the Month:

“The Hilly Lie Formula”

Did you know that no matter how hilly or for that matter, any kind of slope, including a ball below your feet, a ball above your feet, a downhill shot, an uphill shot, or any combo hilly lie; THEY ALL CAN BE HIT DEAD STRAIGHT!!!!!

When I was at Cypress Ridge running that Academy, I noticed that there were not just normal hilly lies on the course, but there were multiple directions of hilly lies to every flag stick on every hole.  The reason was due to the modern design of the course to flow water so that there would be no flooding.  Thus many holes basically have one, two or three medium to large size dry bed lakes (drainage holes prove this at the bottom of fairways on many holes) that are well hidden, creatively blended into the topography of the course.  

The 20th Century Hilly Lie Formula, which basically is taught that the ball curves to the left on a ball above your feet, and to the right with a ball below your feet DID NOT PROVE CORRECT as I noticed the ball flying in all kinds of directions,  on this new modern type of golf course.  By the second year, having lots of play lessons on the course, I needed a miracle from above, and got one as I figured out, that if you focus on two easy things the ball actually GOES DEAD STRAIGHT at your target from any hilly lie/slope. And thus the Hilly Lie Formula was born on the slopes of Cypress Ridge Golf Course in the year 2001.  Nightmare shots over!

Its quite simple: no matter what lie you are on, your body must be perpendicular to the slope, and you must stay perfectly balanced through out the entire swing.  And #2, you must take a practice swing and locate where to play the ball position.  Perfect balance to the slope plus finding your ball position on every lie and you will hit it dead straight to your intended target.  The teaching of angling your shoulders with the hill is not the foundation but can only work when added to proper balance and finding the ball position, then if you want to add shoulder angle, which is for trajectory then go ahead but it isn’t needed at all to hit it dead straight shots off any hilly lie.  

Oh by the way, the modern golf courses like Monarch Dunes are all hilly due to water flow design.  So, as I like to say “don’t let the hills lie to you”.  LOL

Special: $155 for 3 half hour private lessons and $40 Special for a Strength and Flexibility Assessment by our Golf Rehab Specialist Bud Cassell.  

Club Repair: 

Please call Dave Schimandle, our club repair, club maker, club fitting specialist Dave Schimandle at 805-598-9993. Dave is also a member of our teaching staff.