The Central Coast Golf Academy

The Central Coast Golf Academy provides golfers of any skill level with an unparalleled opportunity to improve their game. The CCGA is blessed with exclusive access to both Morro Bay and Dairy Creek golf courses, two of the premier golfing destinations on the central coast of California. Our large instructional staff of PGA members assures students access to the best assistance around 7 days a week. While one on one interaction offers individuals the best attention possible, the CCGA hosts large clinics for both public and private groups.

The CCGA is dedicated to helping golfers find their game. Golf is truly the game of a lifetime, and our hope is to instill the same enthusiasm for the game that we have, in all of our students. The CCGA aims to set a new standard for golf instruction here on the beautiful central coast, offering golfers a comprehensive approach to finding their game.

Here at the Academy, we focus on the transfer of skills from the range and practice area to the golf course. We know you will really enjoy and benefit from learning the “art” of playing golf. It will be more fun than you ever imagined!

Now we are ready to tee it up at one of our two championship courses:
Morro Bay GC or Dairy Creek GC. The pro will play along with you during the round, all the time making observations that will be shared with you at the appropriate time. A delicious lunch will be served at the turn from our dining room, and the learning experience continues.

The Central Coast Golf Academy’s Recommended Golf Clubs

Dairy Creek Hole-By-Hole Playing Tips

  1. Longer hitters should lay-up or the water hazard (to the left) will come into play. Favor the right side of the green on your second approach shot to safeguard against the trouble to the left.
  2. A left center tee shot is ideal as shots hit to the right can bounce into the environmental hazard. Take an extra club or two on your second shot to reach this long narrow approach.
  3. This is the first of five excellent par threes. The hole generally plays downwind, however be sure to take enough club. Tee shots coming up short will roll down the steep bank or potentially end up in difficult bunkers.dairycreek1-300x178
  4. Aim at the white 150-yard stone on this severely uphill hole. Unless you reach the top of the fairway, take an extra club or two to compensate for this uphill, into the wind second shot. A large swale in the center of the green could create a difficult putt.
  5. Take a moment on this tee to enjoy the views. This is an elevated tee shot that requires distance and accuracy. A second shot played to left side of the green will take advantage of the contour of the slope.
  6. This hole is probably the best birdie opportunity after the first five difficult holes. The second shot requires a short iron to a wide-shallow green. Take an extra club to avoid the difficult front bunker.
  7. The entire left side of this hole is troublesome. Aim your tee shot at the right edge of the fairway to take advantage of left bounces. Longer hitters can get home in two with a good tee shot. The bunker right of the green is a good line to get a left kick onto the green. Those who lay-up should favor the right side of the fairway to get a better angle for their third shot.
  8. A beautiful short par three. Selecting the proper club is important as a long or short tee shot could result in a double-bogey.
  9. A long-uphill tee shot is required to carry the hazard. Shorter hitters will need to aim at the right side of the fairway to shorten the distance of the carry required. The uphill second shot presents a long two-tiered green.
  10. A great risk-reward par five. A tee shot hit at the mounds on the left will bounce towards the center of the fairway. Shorter tee shots will need to lay-up short of crossing hazard. Longer hitters trying to carry the crossing hazard and/or reach the green in two must avoid the rocks on the left and a hazard on the right.
  11. Aim your tee shot just right of the cart path to take advantage of the slope to the middle of the fairway and to avoid the hazard on the right. An accurate second shot is required to this long-narrow green.
  12. Just like #11, aim your tee shot just right of the cart path. An accurate club selection is required on your second shot. This is a tricky green divided by a large swale.
  13. This is the only hole on the golf course without a bunker. It could play two or three extra clubs longer depending on the wind. A very difficult par from the right side of the green if the hole is in the front pin position.
  14. Shorter hitters will need a solid tee shot to be able to carry the crossing hazard on their second shot. Longer hitters should aim at the furthest right grouping of eucalyptus trees on the left. Trying to reach the green in two, plays longer than the yardage. Lay-up shots are better to the left side of the fairway for a better angle on your third shot.
  15. This slightly downhill hole might play longer than the yardage depending on the wind. I guarantee you will enjoy this hole a lot more if you hit the green.
  16. A tee shot hit at the middle of the fairway could miss to the left. Play your tee shot over the corner of the hill to get a bounce to the center of the fairway. A back hole location will require your approach to reach the top of the swale in the green to get back to the pin.
  17. A very reachable par five in two for the longer hitters. Take one or two extra clubs on your second shot uphill, which is generally into the wind. Shorter hitters will need to play their second shot more to the right to reach the fairway for a good angled third.
  18. There is a two club difference from the front of the green to the back. The wind is generally right to left but it does not affect the ball as much as you would think.

Morro Bay Hole-By-Hole Playing Tips

  1. With the wind normally helping, hole #1 offers an excellent chance for a birdie to open your round. Favor the left side of the hole all the way to the green, leave yourself a putt from below the hole to avoid Morro Bays gravity defying break.
  2. Hole #2 generally plays directly into the wind challenging even the most skilled players to reach the green in two. Approach the green by favoring the right side as both the wind and slope will push the ball left. Sneaking away with a four here will almost always give you the honor on the next tee.
  3. This short par 4 does not require a driver and is not friendly to errant tee shots. Use a fairway wood off the tee to leave yourself a short approach to a receptive green.
  4. Take an extra club on this uphill par 3 to avoid the treacherous slope at the entrance to the green.morrobay1-300x178
  5. Aim for the left side of the fairway as the green prefers approach shots coming from this side. Be wary of a red pin on this hole, the first 15 feet of this green acts as a false front leaving players with a slow chip shot. Aim for the middle of the green to leave yourself with a fair chance at a birdie.
  6. This hole comes equipped with directions; a massive target has been placed on an ancient pine bordering the end of the fairway. Take dead aim at the target and hit it hard. Missing the approach shot long on this hole leaves a slim chance for par. However, this green accepts a wide variety of approach shots giving players an opportunity to play their favorite shot.
  7. Don’t let this short dogleg par 4 fool you, its difficulty lies in its treacherous putting surface. Hit your ball safely in the short grass to give yourself the best opportunity at hitting an accurate approach shot. This green is extremely fast from back to front, ease your nerves by attempting to keep the ball below the cup with your approach shot.
  8. There is no secret to this hole; it simply requires an excellent golf shot. Take advantage of the tree-line as a wind-block by hitting a low shot down to this large, round and firm green.
  9. This par four plays directly into the wind, hit your drive hard and low down the left side to achieve maximum distance. This green is bordered by OB stakes both long and to the right, landing the ball just short of the green and allowing the ball to release onto the surface is ideal. Reward yourself by taking a moment to enjoy the most breathtaking view on the golf course, from the fairway of the ninth hole.
  10. Take an extra club here to safely knock the ball down under the wind. With OB stakes bordering the entire left side of this hole, wind coming from the right and a green that slopes towards the water, missing right here is not a bad play.
  11. The first in a three hole stretch of terrifying greens. This short par 4 doesn’t look too difficult on the scorecard, but looks can be deceiving. This green slopes severely from the right to left and has a large bunker guarding the left front portion of the green. After safely getting in the fairway, attempt to land the ball a few feet right of the pin as the green will surely pull the ball left. Good Luck!
  12. This hole has a generous landing area, tee it high and let it fly. This hole offers the most challenging putting surface of the entire course, it slopes from left to right and has a table top sized tear at the entrance to the green for those days that the greens keeper needs a laugh. This green will accept golf shots of all trajectories making it that much more enjoyable, hit your favorite type of shot at the center of the green and pray for a two-putt.
  13. One of the most beautiful holes on the golf course but also the most difficult. This hole offers an inspiring elevated tee box giving players an unparalleled chance to see what they’re made of. Tee one low and swing for the fences, a low boring trajectory will yield the longest hits on this hole. This hole requires two excellent golf shots in order to reach the green in two, most players will be faced with a long to mid iron for their approach shot. After making the green, avoid the embarrassment of putting it off the front of the green by lagging it close to the hole. Logging a par at the 13th of Morro Bay is certainly one to remember.
  14. The second par 5 of the course, hole #14 has the largest landing area of any hole on the course. Tee it high and rip one down the center, a good drive will leave players with an opportunity to hit the green in two. The green is fairly level offering players a break from the severe slope of the previous greens.
  15. Hole #15 is a fairly simple dogleg par 4. Long players may choose to hit over the trees guarding the dogleg leaving them with a simple chip and putt for birdie. The green at #15 is firm and will react differently then the previous greens, approach shots will tend to bounce more on impact and should be considered when selecting the type of approach.
  16. The last of the three par 5s Morro Bay has to offer and the most straight forward. The wind is generally against players on this hole further lengthening the gap from tee to green. Most players will not be able to reach this green in two, selecting a lay up shot to a familiar yardage should yield the lowest scores for the majority of players. The green at #16 if flat displaying the most subtle break of the 18 holes.
  17. This is the most difficult par three on the course, playing 230 yards from the blue tees. This hole is flat with a two–tear green. No secrets here, this hole simply requires good golf shots.
  18. Hole #18 is one of the most difficult final holes on the entire central coast. The wind plays directly into the players face and is uphill the entire length of the hole challenging even the most skilled players to hit a big drive. Once off the tee players will continue to be challenged by the wind and are faced with an uphill approach to a blind green. Take an extra club or two on the approach and cross your fingers, #18’s green is huge and consistently proves to be one of the most illusive greens on the golf course.