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Whether you’re correcting a few flaws in your swing or completely overhauling your entire game, private golf instruction at the Las Sendas Golf Academy is the ideal way to realize your goals. We offer a multitude of programs specifically designed for golfers of all ages! Our ability to hone in on the key elements of your game, customize an instruction program suited for you, and monitor your progress along the way lies at the heart of our successful golf instruction philosophy.

Contact us to request information about our golf instruction programs.

Playing Lessons

With on-course playing lessons accompanied by instruction from the Las Sendas Golf Academy, you’ll not only learn the fundamentals of golf, but, you’ll learn how to play the game. It’s a fact, that golfers play differently when they are on the range versus on the course. Playing lessons with an LSGA instructor, allows you to see live situations and provide the proper instruction to help you play better and also strategically think through the round.

Features include:

  • Understanding your goals
  • Warm-up
  • 9 holes with the instructor of your choice

With playing lessons from the Las Sendas Golf Academy, you’ll learn to minimize mental errors and play to your strengths along with other valuable skills that you can apply to any golf experience. Understanding the many graduations of strategy and course management is an art form that we learned through a lifetime of competition on the highest level as well as through our many years of instruction. 

Golf School

The Las Sendas Golf Academy embraces a personalized, comprehensive set of programs, complete with full-swing instruction and short-game skills. With instant video feedback, your lessons will provide a clear understanding of what you need to do for immediate improvement. Features:

  • Comprehensive full-swing and short-game instruction
  • Video Analysis and swing review
  • Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Sand (Short Game)
  • Personal improvement drills and practice plan
  • Development of a consistent pre-shot routine
  • On-course play

Private Groups

The Las Sendas Golf Academy events provide the perfect setting to build upon relationships. Whether you are looking to strengthen client relations…or just reward employees, private golf events with LSGA instruction is a perfect strategy for business owners.

Let the Las Sendas Golf Academy staff create a golf experience that fits your needs:

  • Entertain and thank your clients
  • Network with potential clients
  • Conduct a team-building event
  • Motivate and reward your sales team
  • Train employees on how to use golf as a business tool
  • Raise additional revenue at your golf outing
  • Add an interactive element to your conference

The LSGA staff would be happy to design a customized private golf group event for your company with your golf, business goals, and budget in mind.

Junior Golf Sticks Program

Do you know how many golf scholarships go unused every year? Do you want to get your children started in golf? Is it time to prepare your junior for high school golf or competitive golf? Do you need some family time and want to have fun with a golf outing?

The Las Sendas Golf Academy offers a developmental approach to the game. We stair-step our lessons to match the skill levels as the junior golfer becomes more experienced. The goal of our junior golf programs is to not only develop the fundamental skills of the golf swing, but to also teach each player the characteristics that will make them champions in life. Most importantly, create a love for the game.

Our programs teach the basic fundamentals of the game including full swing, short game, putting, golf course etiquette, rules of the game, and on-course play. The ages of students range from 5 to 15 years of age. Juniors are grouped according to age, gender, and skill level. 

We provide instruction on the game of golf to your young golfer in a fun and creative learning environment. We have a team that includes PGA and LPGA Teaching Professionals who take pride in providing superior junior golf lessons in a fun environment.

Meet Our Instructors & View Their Rates

James Contreras
PGA Director of Instruction
PGA Teaching Professional
Class A

As an accomplished player, James will share with you how to take your game to the next level.

As an Arizona native James’s passion for golf began in junior golf. He played high school and college golf before turning Professional after graduating from Arizona State University in 1987. While working at Camelback Golf Club as an assistant professional, James started their first junior program. After becoming a Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) Class A Member in 1992, he started instructing full-time teaching students in golf schools and corporate outings. In 1996 he found a summer teaching position in Alaska, and to this day continues to teach golf each summer there. James has been a Teaching Professional at Las Sendas Golf Club since 2002 providing instruction for all types of players from beginners to professionals. Programs for members, individuals, juniors, clinics, groups, corporate, and golf schools. James provides individual analysis and works to make each student’s swing work best for them.

Education and Credentials

  • Class A Member PGA of America
  • 1991 Assistant Professional Champion SWSPGA
  • 2000 PGA Tour Phoenix Open Participant
  • President Alaska Junior Golf Association
  • Former First Tee Coach

James Contreras
PGA Director of Instruction
Class A PGA Professional 
Phone: 1(480) 275-0093 


Individual Adult Lessons

1/2 hour$60
45 minutes$90
1 hour$120

Individual Junior Lessons

1/2 hour$35
45 minutes$50
1 hour$70

Group Lessons

2 Students$60 each
3 students$50 each
4 students$40 each

Golf School

1 Student$450
2 Students$350
3 Students$300
4 or more Students $250

Package Rates

3 lessons ( 1 hour each)$300
 6 lessons ( 1 hour each)$500
3 lessons (45 minutes each) $240
6 lessons (45 minutes each)$450
3 lessons (1/2 hour each) $150
6 lessons (1/2 hour each)$300

David Huffman
Jack Nicklaus Certified Instructor

David’s passion for the game of golf and coaching shines through to his students. He has worked with students from all over the world while here with us at Las Sendas, And they continue to seek out his tutelage here in Arizona.

A very dedicated Instructor, David enjoys success in helping golfers improve and enjoy their games more.

Background Player:

  • Competed as an amateur at Clemson University
  • Played professionally for ten years around the world on tours in South Africa, Asia, Japan, Africa, India, Europe, Canada, and the USA.
  • Competed in over 35 countries around the world
  • Won five times as a Professional golfer
  • Low competitive/ tournament round of 61 (12 under) at Rand Park Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Hold or have held seven-course records. South Africa (Rand Park 61), Virginia (Glenmore CC 63, Royal Virginia 63, Poplar Grove 62, Packsaddle Ridge 62, South Carolina (Hilton Head) 63, North Carolina (Keith Hills 62). Scores from 61, 62, 62, 63, 63 & 64
  • Low nine-hole tournament score of 27
    • Competed as a professional against Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Mark McNulty, David Frost, David Toms

have worked with/ coached as a player by award-winning instructors, Butch Harman, David Leadbetter, Jim McClean, Mike Malaska, Martin Whitcher, Mike Schroder

David takes advantage of these competitive experiences to assist your growth as a golfer. He has a keen understanding of the challenges, expectations, and fun in the journey of becoming a better golfer

Background Instructor:

  • David has been coaching for 15+ years
  • Mentors including Mike Schroder, Carolinas PGA Instructor of the Year; Martin Whitcher, South Africa PGA National Instructor of the Year; Mike Malaska, PGA of America National Instructor of the Year
  • has worked with renowned instructors Butch Harmon, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Mike Malaska, Mike Schroder, and Martin Whitcher. David has utilized all these experiences in developing his own coaching style and concepts
  • Instructor First Tee of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
  • Instructor Jack Nicklaus Academy at The Presidential Club, Dulles, Virginia
  • Owner/ Operator HuffmanGolf
  • Instructor Malaska Golf Academy at Las Sendas Golf Club
  • Instructor Malaska Golf Academy at Superstition Mountain CC
  • Instructor at the Las Sendas Golf Academy
  • Director of Instruction GreatLife Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Director of Instruction Dubuque Golf & Country Club

*David helps you understand your tendencies and how to go about diagnosing and implementing corrections to make your current round better and your future golf continue to improve.

Certifications and Affiliations:

  • Jack Nicklaus Certified Instructor
  • PGA of South Africa Tour Division
  • Malaska Certified Instructor
  • Callaway Staff Professional
  • Puma Golf Staff Professional

David Huffman
Phone: 1(480)677-1533

Braden Bentley PGA Associate

Braden Bentley
PGA Associate

Braden’s obsession with the game of golf started at a young age. He began playing junior golf at age 6 and found a passion for competing. After a promising high school career, he played collegiate golf at Lewis University. Braden graduated in 2020, turned professional, and moved to Arizona. He began working at Las Sendas Golf Club in 2020 and is now an Assistant Golf Professional and a PGA Associate. Shortly after, Braden found a new passion in coaching. Braden has been a volunteer junior golf coach for 6 years with many organizations, including The First Tee. Lessons and programs are available for individuals and groups of all ages and skill levels, including a monthly subscription service. Inquire for details.


Chris Hantla

With Chris Hantla’s 20-plus years of teaching and over 40,000 lessons, he has developed the experience to elevate a golfer’s game. With each lesson, Chris’s goal is to empower his students to become their best golf-self. His innate ability to assess a need allows Chris to be a unique instructor and provide each individual with personalized instruction. Chris’s dedication as an instructor and passion for teaching golf sets him apart from others as he focuses on fostering relationships with clients to meet their goals in unison.

Chris is TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified and has given hundreds of TPI physical evaluations to support him and his clients in identifying areas for improvement. Using his background in fitness, he understands the uniqueness of a person’s body and its limitations, as well as the impact of learning styles. This is why during Chris’s 10-year career at GolfTEC he was within the top 1% of instructors for client renewals worldwide. Chris’s ability to build strong relationships enabled him to be invited to speak at The Southwest PGA Instruction Summit on client satisfaction and retention. Chris’s number one focus is to serve you and improve your game.

Background Instructor

– GolfTEC Chandler: 10 years

o Awarded- Outstanding Achievements in Teaching -Taught over 2,500 lessons (2007-2013)

o Golden Award Membership teaching over 1 million in lessons

o Over 100 client renewals, top 1% of GolfTEC instructors nationwide (2009-2013)

– TPI Certified with over 200 fitness evaluations given

– Speaker at Southwest PGA teaching and coaching Summit

– Have taught over 200 clients to shoot their career-best rounds

Background Player

– Two-time Winner of The Wilcox Invitational (1999-2000)

– Runner Up in Arizona 2A State Championships (2001)

– Passed PGA playing ability test at Star Pass Golf Club (2001)

– Qualified for PGA Pro National Championship shooting tournament low 65 (2013)

– Participated on the winning team in Goldwater Cup Matches (2014)

– Participated on the winning team in Mcphearson Cup Matches, going 8-0 (2019)

– Sponsored to play and participate in PGA tour Q-School (2015-2016)

– Has won 4 professional events


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