Coaches & Lessons

Introduction: PGA Member for 50 years. Head golf professional at Newport Beach Golf Course for 44 years. PGA certified teaching and professional golf coach.


Text/Phone: 949-852-8689


John Leonard

Introduction: Director of Golf Instruction at Newport Beach Golf Course. USGTF level 4 master teaching professional. TGM Authorized Instructor. PGA Level II Associate. l specialize on the golf swing theory and application. With over 17 years of teaching experience, I have created an unique, efficient and systematic way of teaching. Most of my students can establish their own swing system in the 3-6 months from scratch and some can achieve that in less than 10 weeks both in terms of consistency and distance. I treat each individual differently and can always find a way of swing that fits the individual the best.

Text/Phone: 858-210-8828

Yi Zhou (Joe)

Text/Phone: 949-275-4811


No matter what part of your game needs professional attention, Ben is a consummate pro with the knowledge and ability to guide you to your goal. Ben’s passion to teach others golf comes from his own experiences with golf instruction as a junior and college player. He has attended numerous national and local PGA Teaching seminars and has studied under the tutelage of Golf Practice owner and co-author of the PGA Teaching Manual, Peter Donahue and PGA Pro, author of “Real Golf” and radio host Tracey Roberts. He also studied under Chris Oehlerking who has been under the tutelage of Hank Haney for eight years. Ben has coached players that have won tournaments at the Junior, College and Amateur level. Ben takes time to understand how his players learn so he can present lessons in a manner clients internalize and repeat. He is patient and has a great eye for correcting the golf swing, these traits help make sure each student reaches their full potential. To book sessions please visit our website at:

Benjamin Slobodien

Professional since 2017. PGA of America level 1. Former member of PGA TOUR of Canada 2012-2014. My passion is golf. I enjoy helping my students improve their games almost as much as I enjoy playing golf myself.  Whether it be introducing a beginner, watching active players progress and improve their games or helping a competitive player prepare for their next competition, the most important role that I have as your coach is to clearly lay out the steps that are required to take your game to the next level. I believe that everyone, regardless of size, age or physical ability, is capable of developing a repetitive golf swing.  After mastering the fundamentals of grip, posture and alignment, students will  learn about the key relationship between arm swing and body rotation.  As every golf swing involves this relationship, I will be focusing on finding how to make your swing the most efficient it can be to fit your body.


Text/Phone: 714-822-9722

Gin Kim

I have 33 years of playing golf,  24 years of teaching golf, and am a Certified Mizuno club fitter. I was born and raised in Southern California. I played for the Fountain Valley High School golf team and the Golden West College golf team. I graduated from Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula, California in Golf Management. My lessons not only include pre-swing set up, grip, posture, balance, ball position, but I also work on swing sequences that include visual aids and/or video upon request.  In addition I offer playing lessons and am an expert in club repair. I enjoy surfing, traveling and food. I am married and have 2 children.

Text/Phone: 714-235-6497

Kevin Y. Shimada


What People Say About Us

Kyle Adams - Player

One of the most friendly, accommodating and helpful golf clubs I have ever played at. I play golf all over the world and their service was up with the best I have come across. I would like to thank your green staff for a beautifully presented course. Many thanks for a fine days golfing.


Emma Sun - Player

Newport Beach Golf Course is the perfect location for any discerning client. The course layout is challenging yet fair, which caterers perfectly for the cross section of golfers that attend the usual day. The clubhouse is extremely functional with large function room and wonderful staff.


Josh Goodwin - Player

Thanks so much for the opportunity of playing your wonderful course and to enjoy the atmosphere and warm welcome your members and staff provided. The golf course is simply a gem. It has been a truly great experience for me. A club with all the traditions of links golf and beautiful views.


Gin Kim - Coach

I enjoy teaching at Newport Beach Golf Course. Great driving range and very friendly staff.