Jim Salazar played golf and basketball in high school in Carson City, Nevada then attended American River College for two years before accepting a full ride basketball scholarship to Eastern Montana College. At Eastern, Jim continued to play both sports and earned his Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Communications. During his summer breaks, he started working in the golf business. First, he started as a greens crew member, then as a marshal, then as a starter and finally as an assistant professional in 1984 under Jon Wright at Lake Hills Golf Club in Billings, Montana. Jim started his career at Sierra View Country Club in 1985 working for Bill Brooks as his first assistant and eventually became the Head Professional in 1989. During his career, Jim has influenced the golf games of thousands of members and junior golfers.
After thirty-six years of professional teaching and coaching Jim’s golf philosophy continues to evolve as current concepts, data, training, and equipment change creating new opportunities for learning and improvement! The goal is to make all aspects of the game simple, efficient, and fun.
Turned Pro in 1984
Became member of the PGA in 1988
NCPGA education committee 1991-2001
Guest Instructor Norwegian Cruise Lines 1992-1995
NCPGA Horton Smith award winner in 1995 & 2001
Inducted into Sacramento golf hall of fame 2018
TPI level one certified 2020
Experience & Credentials
- PGA Class A Member (elected to membership 2006)
- 2018 NCPGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
- TPI Level 1 Certified
- PGA Coach Certified
- Abuse Prevention Systems Certified
- ADM Certified
- NCPGA Assistant-Associate Division Co-Chairman
I enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels. I have a passion for working with junior golfers and helping guide them through the different stages of their athletic and golf development. I especially enjoy teaching the short game, as I believe that is the quickest way to lowering your scores and becoming a better golfer. I always strive to stay up to date on all the latest teaching & coaching strategies & technology. Through my own physical fitness journey, I have learned how important physical fitness is for the golf swing, as well as life in general! Through education and training I have developed an increased awareness for proper movement patterns as they relate to the golf swing, and more importantly, your improvement!
Experience & Credentials
PGA Assistant Golf Professional
Callaway Master Club Fitter
2007 worldwide top 100 Club Fitter
2009-2016 Senior Director of Retail Golf Store Operation for Golf Smith International
2004 through 2008; Co-owned and operated a Independent retail Golf Store which specialized in Club fitting.
I enjoy working with Golfers of all ages and skill levels and believe that an implementation of strong fundamentals with proper angles promotes increased, movement, balance and leverage in the swing motion. I don’t believe in teaching every person the same way, with the same replicated swing. It is my goal to help you develop your skills to the level and enjoyment you are looking for. There are countless differentiated ways to help you enjoy the game and improve your swing. I find it particularly beneficial to focus on targeted stretching exercises and video feedback. Video training plays an important role of providing clear, visual feedback where I can help you target specific areas to improve your game. I feel that technology can have a positive instructive impact on the golf swing, so I include both video feedback as well as trackman data where applicable.