Golf Lessons Santa Barbara

Don Parsons Golf Instruction is the premiere choice for golf lessons in Santa Barbara. We offer, private golf lessons, golf coaching programs and group golf coaching programs. 

Retired? Bored?

We spend our entire working lives looking forward to and saving for that time when we can sit back with a pina colada and relax with our friends – retirement.

But retirement can often come with some issues. 

All of a sudden, we have a lot of time on our hands and we have no idea how to spend it. Our vision of retirement being this amazing, relaxing time where we fill our day with activities we always wanted to do becomes…well…..boring!

We realize that we spent so much time on our careers and bringing up our family that we never actually spent time on ourselves and our hobbies, or learning what we love to do.

Finding what you love

Retirement is a great time to meet new people, gain new friends and take up activities we have never done before, or re-start activities of old.


Golf is one of those activities that most people immediately associate with retirement; it’s easy on the body, incredibly healthy and is one of the most sociable sports out there. What other sport allows you to calmly chat about life with others while mid-game? 

But where to start?

Group Coaching

At Twin Lakes golf course in Santa Barbara, we have launched an amazing new program.

For just $129 per month, you can come to unlimited sessions where you learn how to play or improve your existing game.

Coaching can be expensive, and there is so much to learn with the game that it can seem daunting. However, our coaches are some of the most internationally recognized teachers and have experience taking beginners from A to B, and better players from Y to Z. 

Many of our group coaching pupils come to a class or more each day – if you have the time, why not!

All of our pupils are playing better golf than ever, which is the main goal. However, we also love the social aspect of our classes where we play competitive games and meet new people in the exact same situation as you.

If you are interested, book a FREE session by CLICKING HERE!

The Active Lifestyle:

We all want to live healthier, more active lifestyles. But spending hours on the treadmill each week just isn’t appealing. Activities which are not fun for us will cause us to quit very quickly, leading us back to our old, unhealthy lifestyles again.

Fortunately, there are ways around this.

Try A New Sport

Taking up a sport is one of the best ways to improve your health and lifestyle. Not only do you get to meet new people and create a new group of friends, but you can dramatically improve your body and health in a fun way.

People who play sports have more fun. More fun leads to you doing that activity more often. This is a positive cycle which leads to creating a healthier, more active and happier you.

What sport?

While there are many different activities you could take up, many of them can be tough on our bodies when we first start. However, one sport which can be taken up at any point in your life is golf. 

Golf is not only one of the most sociable sports out there, but it is great fun to learn and you don’t have to be super-athletic to begin. It also boasts an impressive calorie burn – up to 1400 calories per round of golf (compared to 500 calories burned slogging away on a treadmill for an hour).

Which would you rather be doing?

Which would you rather be doing?

Try it!

At Don Parsons Golf Instruction, we realize the barriers to starting in golf. Lessons can be expensive, there is a lot to learn, and meeting new people to play with can be difficult. 

This is why we launched our Group Golf Coaching Program. 

For just $129 a month, you can come to as many coaching sessions as you want (we run 18 a week). This allows you to learn the game as quickly as you desire, while meeting like-minded individuals in the same situation as you.

Our instructors are also World renowned, so you know you are in safe hands. We have an amazing ability to get you better quickly, while having fun at the same time.

Book your free session!

We are also offering a free session for you to try us out. You don’t need clubs (we will supply everything you need), and you don’t even need to know what a golf course looks like.

Don’t be nervous – we have great experience in helping complete beginners. Even our professional teachers were beginners once.

CLICK HERE to book your free session and see what the fuss is about. 

Tired of Bad Golf?

If you are like most golfers, you are sick and tired of playing poor golf.

You are putting the hard work in on the range and doing the ‘reps’, but you are just not seeing the improvement you want to see. Your efforts to fix your slice or increase your consistency are in vain, and listening to the advice of your 15 handicap friends is just making you worse.

If you get your advice from a golfer who can’t control their own ball, it’s likely you will end up the same.

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Instruction would be the obvious answer here. The only issues with this are

  • It’s too expensive
  • Who do you trust?
  • You don’t want to completely overhaul your swing


We at Don Parsons Golf Instruction have figured out a way to get around these issues.

With GROUP GOLF COACHING, you get unlimited instruction at an incredibly affordable price. While our instructors are World class and internationally renowned, our group coaching model means we can see more people at once, bringing the price down significantly.

Over the course of a month, you will see improvements in

  • Understanding – allowing you to diagnose and fix your own issues (self coaching)
  • Improvements in ball striking
  • Distance increases
  • Greater accuracy
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Paul is having a great time learning and striking the ball better than ever!



The big question I know you are asking is “how much does it cost”?

For as little as $129 a month, you can get full access to the program. When you consider that our instructors are normally this much for a one hour session, it really is a steal of a deal.

Nowhere will you find cheaper and more qualified instruction. The more sessions you come to, the cheaper it is – even less than the cost of a jumbo bucket of range balls.

Adam Young is one of the most highly sought-after instructors. He is author of the internationally best-selling book (The Practice Manual – The Ultimate Guide for Golfers) and has experience coaching all levels of player.



You get a lot more out of group coaching the more sessions you come to. However, everyone in the program has become better, and rapidly. Most of our group coaching members have shot their best lifetime scores within the first month of joining. 

So, do you continue struggling with your game and aimlessly beating balls on the range? Or do you join our group coaching program with World class instructors for a low monthly fee?


My Road to Senior Golf - The First Step

Lying in the snow in Mammoth I had my Aha moment.

I knew that if I wanted to be successful on my return to competitive golf some things were going to have to change.

I really needed to get in better shape so I could swing well, but also so I could play 4-6 days in a row without my performance declining. 

But first, I had a trip to Memphis for a friend’s 50th birthday celebration.

Those of you who know me won’t be surprised to hear that I love BBQ and live music.

Memphis was like living a dream.

We went to a different BBQ joint each day; Central Barbecue was the consensus winner. We stayed up late enjoying live music, great drinks, and the company of friends. 

On the third day we toured Graceland, as we walked through the King’s home I was struck by how modest the place was.

As the tour progressed, we ended up in his trophy room.

The walls were lined with platinum records, movie posters, and memorabilia. I have never been a huge Elvis fan, but the things he did in his 42 years on this planet are truly astounding.

For a 20 year span, he dominated music and Hollywood like no one before or since.

Near the end of the tour I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror.

Red faced and sweating I was looking far too much like fat Elvis. The world was sending me another message; time to get busy.

When I got back to Santa Barbara, I called a neighbor and asked her if she’d take me to work out. She had asked me at a New Year’s Eve Party to start working out with her; I had told her absolutely not that evening. Now I was ready.

I emailed Bob Wilcher of Killer B Fitness to set up my initial session in February of 2015.

With the help of supportive neighbors who picked me up on their way, I began attending the 6AM class. 

Since 1st grade, when I got moved into a 3rd grade math class I have prided myself on being advanced. On my baseline fitness at Killer B, I found out that at the age of 47 I have the body and conditioning of an 80 year old. 

The first month, I went twice a week and was crippled the rest of the week.

In the second month, I progressed to 3 times a week and walked with a constant limp.

In the third month, I got sick and missed 2 weeks and had to start over.

The fourth and fifth month I started gaining steam, I increased to 4 days a week and was starting to see improvement. 

Even when I was young and active, exercise never gave me that flood of endorphins that made me feel great.

Working out was a means to an end, I did it to improve performance. Unfortunately, that is still the case.

I don’t feel great during or after workouts.

I do notice little things like being able to stand up without my back grabbing, being less tired during the day, and being able to pick things up without needing help. 

I have now nearly doubled my performance on the baseline test. Things are moving in the right direction.

My Road to Senior Golf - The Aha Moment

In April of 2014, I hatched the idea that I wanted to start playing golf again after a 15 year hiatus.

I saw that the 2016 US Senior Open was going to be held at Scioto CC where Jack Nicklaus had grown up. 

I thought to myself, “How hard can it be to go out and shoot 69 or 70 in a qualifier?”

After all, I used to be a good player and when I go out and play for fun I still shoot around par.

If a student had made that kind of statement to me, I’d have laughed (most likely out loud).

I am sure my good friend and long term student John Pate chuckled inside when I mentioned my plan.

I should have known better.

“The game of golf has a sneaky way of punching you in the nose with the fist of reality. Fortunately, I still had 2 years to get ready.”

In the spring of 2014, I got fitted for new clubs and started playing more… 2 or 3 times a month, rather than my once a month average of the prior 15 years.

Surely tripling the amount of golf I was playing would be enough to sharpen my skills and I’d have a Senior Tour Quality game in no time.

The game of golf has a sneaky way of punching you in the nose with the fist of reality.

Fortunately, I still had 2 years to get ready.

In August of 2014, I entered the Southern California PGA Section Championship which was held at Alisal Ranch and River Courses.

I missed the cut by 7 shots, missing numerous short putts during the first round and making an unceremonious quadruple bogey 7 on the demanding 124 yard 17th at Alisal River Course on my 35th hole.

I did a lot of things well.

Missing the cut by 7 and being 14 shots off the lead didn’t deter my (delusional) optimism.

It wasn’t until January 2015 on a “Boy’s Weekend” snowboarding in Mammoth that I was no longer able to ignore the 220 lb. elephant in the room.

Midday on the second day of the trip, I found that I couldn’t make it to the bottom of the mountain without stopping for a rest.

I wasn’t attempting to run down the mountain, no I was sliding over snow on a waxed board…this shouldn’t have been such a challenge.

As I lay in the snow at the top of Andy’s Double Gold with both of my legs shaking uncontrollably and my lungs feeling as if I was breathing napalm, I knew that if I were to have any chance at success things were going to have to change dramatically.