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Tumwater, WA

Longview, WA

​​The Valley Golf Academy and First Tee of South Puget Sound Player Development Program



Skills Development

As a supplement to the Birdie Level of First Tee the Skill Development curriculum focuses on core fundamentals that provides a foundation for playing 9 holes of golf.  Areas of focus will include stance, posture, foundation swing techniques, short game enhancement, and on course instruction. 

Goals:  Be able to shoot below 63 for nine holes, hit 50% of greens from 55 to 75 yards, average below 3.5 putts per hole for nine holes.

What is offered:  One-hour and a half group lesson per month (maximum of 5 students per group), one small range bucket each day for practice, one round per week at the Mint Valley Learning Center Par 3.  Access to special events and 20% discounts on merchandise throughout the season.  Students can practice and schedule lessons a either Tumwater Valley (Tumwater) or Mint Valley (Longview) golf courses.  Membership in the Washington State Golf Association Youth on Course Program-includes USGA Handicap Index and significant discounts at regional golf courses.  Students receive discounted rates on private lessons.  All instructors are First Tee Certified.

Price-$50.00 per month-must register for a minimum of two months Offered April-September 

High School Prep Program:

As a supplement to the Eagle Level of the First Tee Program the High School Prep Program curriculum focuses on enhancement of the core fundamentals developed at the Player, Par, and Birdie Levels and provides the foundations for playing 18 holes and being competitive at the high school level.  Focus will be on rules, strategies for competitive play, specialty shots, and scoring.

Goals:  Be able to shoot below 100 for 18 holes, hit 50 % of greens from 80 to 100 yards, hit 50 % of fairways (shots 160-190 yards), average below 2.5 putts per hole for 18 holes.

What is offered:  One-hour group lesson per week (maximum of 8 students per group), one large bucket each day for practice, daily access at the Mint Valley Learning Center Par 3.  Access to special events and 20% discounts on merchandise throughout the season.  Students can practice and schedule lessons a either Tumwater Valley (Tumwater) or Mint Valley (Longview) golf courses. Membership in the Washington State Golf Association Youth on Course Program-includes USGA Handicap Index and significant discounts at regional golf courses. Students receive discounted rates on private lessons.   All instructors are First Tee Certified.

Price-$100.00 per month-must register for a minimum of two months Offered April-September


College Prep Program:

As a supplement to the Ace Level of the First Tee Program the College Prep Program curriculum focuses on enhancement of the core fundamentals developed at the Player, Par, Birdie, and Eagle Levels and provides the foundations for competitive tournament play, development of individualized practice plans, mental game, and strategic approach to golf maximizing your individualized talents.

Goals:  Be able to shoot below 77 for 18 holes, hit 75 % of greens from 80 to 100 yards, hit 75 % of fairways (shots 160-190 yards), average below 2 putts per hole for 18 holes.

What is offered:  One-hour private lesson per week, unlimited range access, daily access at the Mint Valley Learning Center Par 3 and Twilight Golf at Tumwater Valley Golf Course.    

Access to special events and 30% discounts on merchandise throughout the season.  Students can practice and schedule lessons a either Tumwater Valley (Tumwater) or Mint Valley (Longview) golf courses.  Integration with Sky Trak Launch Monitor, and a Titleist Performance Institute certified instructor specialized in the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. Up to three instructors will be available to you all who have received scholarships and have played at the Collegiate Division 1 or 2 level.  Membership in the Washington State Golf Association Youth on Course Program-includes USGA Handicap Index and significant discounts at regional golf courses. All instructors are First Tee Certified.

Price-$150.00 per month-must register for a minimum of two months offered 12 months a year

​​Private Golf Lessons


Russ Olsen                                                                                                            

Private Adult Golf Lesson           45 min  $75.00                                                     
Private Junior Golf Lesson          45 min  $35.00                                                     
Valley Golf Member Golf Lesson 45 min  $25.00                                                         

First Tee Member                      30 min  $30.00  

By Appointment:

Russ is available at Tumwater Valley on Monday Evenings and Saturdays

Russ is available at Mint Valley on Fridays and by appointment on Saturdays                                                     

Click to email Russ                                                                                                                                         



​​Gregg Patterson

Private Adult  Golf Lesson          45 min  $75.00

Private Junior Golf Lesson          45 min  $35.00                                                     
Valley Golf Member Golf Lesson 45 min  $25.00                                                         
First Tee Member                      30 min  $30.00

By Appointment:

Gregg is available at Tumwater Valley on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Afternoons and all day Friday

Gregg is available at Mint Valley on Friday and Saturdays

Click to email Gregg


Jordan Baird
Private Adult  Golf Lesson          45 min  $75.00

Private Junior Golf Lesson          45 min  $35.00                                                     
Valley Golf Member Golf Lesson 45 min  $25.00                                                         
First Tee Member                      30 min  $30.00

By Appointment:

Jordan is available at Tumwater Valley on Sunday Afternoon and Monday all day

Jordan is available at Mint Valley Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays Afternoons, 
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Seth Nickerson

Private Adult Golf Lesson             45 min $75.00

Private Junior Golf Lesson           45 min $35.00

Valley Golf Member Golf Lesson   45 min $25.00

First Tee Member                        35 min $30.00

By Appointment:

Seth is available at Tumwater Valley from 5:00-8:00 pm Wednesday-Friday

Seth is available at Mint Valley by appointment via email,

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Jeff Evans

Private Adult Golf Lesson                               30 min $50.00

Series of Three Adult Private Golf Lessons      30 min $125.00

Adult Group Lessons (3-1 hour lessons)           2 people $125.00 each

                                                                    3 people $90.00 each

                                                                    4 people $75.00 each 

By Appointment:

Jeff is available at Mint Valley Wednesday-Sunday and at Tumwater Valley by appointment via email,

Click to email Jeff