Need help improving your game?

Our head instructor, Rick Danruther, is one of only a handful of Certified Master PGA Professionals in the United States and has been teaching in the Inland Empire since 1989, a PGA of America Quarter Century Club member, and Assistant Golf Coach at Rancho High School. “I try to keep the instruction simple and effective,” says Rick Danruther. “I take the golfers’s abilities and current swing and sand and polish it a little here and there to help them steadily improve. I don’t believe in tearing down and re-building a player’s swing which rarely works.”
For every student I prescribe 2-4 drills that are customized for him or her. The drills are easy and can be done at home away from the course. If he/she continues doing his drills when he practices and at home, I guarantee that they will see some steady and gradual improvement and a much happier golf game!
Rick Danruther


Need help improving your game?

Individual lessons are $375 for 5 sessions for one student. Bring a friend and take advantage of our ‘Partners Lesson Plan”; for only $500 you & your friend receive five 45 minute instructional sessions together at the same time which helps make the learning enjoyable and builds camaraderie. Email Rick Danruther to purchase a package or for more information. Give your favorite golfer a gift which will last a lifetime, help improve his golf game forever!

Do any of the following plague your golf game?

Does your ball start left and then slice back to the fairway or go way right? Does your divot always point to the left and sometimes do you pull your shots? Does your ball go high and leaks off to the right with little power? If so you probably have the clubface too “open” during your swing and no matter what you do you can never quite square it up at the ball so you have to “come over the top” on your downswing and pull the ball left so it can cut back to your target. If this sounds like you don’t worry, most golfers who have played for awhile get into this habit! The good news is it is very simple to adjust your clubface position and not only eliminate your slice but actually draw the ball! Don’t believe me? Then come and take one lesson with me and I will guarantee I can eliminate or reduce most of your slice in one lesson!

Scoring & Shortgame?
Are you a good player but seem “stuck” shooting around the same scores most of the time without any real improvement? Most players focus too much on their swing and not their short game and scoring. I bet there is a shot around the green that is bothering you and costing you several shots a round like sand play, 20-30 yard pitch, or an “in-between” wedge shot. There is a certain position that all great pitchers/chippers have that I will teach you, and you can practice it at home! Every great player keeps his/her hands ahead of the clubface during and after impact, that is the only way to gain consistency in how solid you chip/pitch the ball and the only way to really know how far your pitch/chip shot will go. I will show you how to “FEEL” this correct position and how to get there. 

Can’t break par or can’t break 80?
Are you ever feel like you are “stuck” shooting the same scores or can’t break a certain score like 90, 80 or par? Do you play well at times during your round and then fall apart on 2-3 holes? Are you the guy after your round who says “take away the triple on #10 and the double on #5 and I would have broken 80 for the first time?” If you watch the pros play on TV or a really good player you might not notice it but they rarely ever make more than bogey. They have figured out that the “secret” to playing your best golf is “improving your bad shots so that they aren’t that bad”. What I try to do with each player is improve their mis hits, not improve their best hits! If you are blocking or pulling 2-3 tee shots every round into trouble, (or worse out of bounds), then we need to find out why your swing produces that shot from time to time and show you how to eliminate it and prescribe drills that will prevent it from seeping back into your game.

Why do I know so much about all of these problems?

Because I used to suffer from all of them at some point in my career and instead of having an instructor who could easily help me solve them, I had to painstakenly figure them out for myself which took a lot of sweat and time! Basically the golf swing has three key points and is an END RESULT of these three points which are: Setup, takeaway, and backswing at hip high. If those three positions are sound then your swing will easily follow and result in a consistent/repeatable action.
“Rick Danruther has been my golf instructor for the past few months, and in a short time he has been able to do what no other has…, and that’s increase my length, & accuracy, especially my length. Rick keeps it simple, and emphasizes the basics he suggested an equipment change with my driver, and by incorporating I was able to increase my average driving distance by 20 yards, which is huge. I’m now able to reach long par 4’s in regulation! If you’re looking for the best instructor in the Inland Empire I highly recommend Rick Danruther.”
Al W.


Ben Smith – Head Golf Pro

Ben has been teaching golf since 1997, several of his younger students have earned valuable golf scholarships at fine colleges. Ben’s warm and outgoing personality helps the student relax and creates a fun and upbeat learning environment which makes the learning process fun, this game is hard enough already!

Sierra Lakes has one of the finest and most experienced certified One Plane Golf instructors in the country, Ben Smith. The One Plane swing is the most direct way to strike a golf ball with a club because it allows you to truly swing on a Single Plane. This method of ball striking is used by Bryson DeChambeau and by the late great Moe Norman, a Canadian Hall of Fame member who was touted by his peers as being “The World’s Greatest Ball Striker”.

Ben Smith (on right) with student &
Dodger great Tommy Davis

Ben offers a complete instruction series for only $275.

The series includes:

– 1st Session: (On Practice range- Video Swing analyzation, Swing instruction & Practice Drills are prescribed

– 2nd Session: (On Practice range- Full swing instruction, practice drills, and follow up

– 3rd Session: Short game including Pitching, Chipping, & putting & short game drills.

– 4th Session: (On Golf Course- Driver & long clubs instruction)

– 5th Session: (On Golf Course- Bunker play, strategy, and review new learned skills.

Email Ben Smith and schedule a lesson today or call (909) 350-2500 ext 4.

Eric Yoo – Junior golf

The IEJGA, (Inland Empire Junior Golf Association), is now hosted at Sierra Lakes Golf Club by the founder Eric Yoo.  Junior Golf Classes are available from Eric Yoo for kids ages 5 and up. They are taught the fundamentals of the swing, chipping, putting, and proper golf etiquette.

Lessons for older juniors or teens also available, please email Eric or call (909) 350-2500 ext 31.

Eric was a nationally ranked junior golfer, played college golf, and has a very good touch with kids.

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