Paula Thompson, a gifted and passionate golf instructor, has been teaching golf for over 40 years. She currently resides in Kentucky where she teaches golf at the Bardstown Country Club. She also travels to Arizona, seasonally, to teach golf at the Sedona Golf Resort and to facilitate golf schools for the VIP Golf Academy at Oak Creek Country Club. Starting in the summer of 2023, she will also be facilitating golf schools for VIP at the Bardstown Country Club in Bardstown, KY.
A natural athlete in several sports, Paula learned to play golf when she was 14 years old. She became a local legend because of her ability to outdrive most men. She graduated from college with a BA in Fine Art form Chico State University where she played for the women’s varsity tennis team (there was no golf program available for women at that time).
After college, she started her golf career in California at the Ojai Valley Inn as an assistant golf professional where she obtained Class ‘A’ status with the LPGA. She moved to Sedona, Arizona in 2001 and was hired to teach golf at the Sedona Golf Resort and the Oak Creek Country Club for the next 20 years.
Officially retired in 2021, she moved to Kentucky to live near her children and grandchildren. Word spread quickly about her teaching ability. Missing her teaching career, she came out of retirement to help coach a local girl’s high school golf team and then established herself as a teaching pro at Bardstown Country Club.
Paula has the unique ability to determine a golfer’s learning style within the first few minutes of the lesson and then applies this knowledge to help her students achieve a successful golf swing in a short amount of time. By relating the golf swing to other familiar everyday motions and activities, Paula keeps the learning process simple and does not overload the mind with excess information. A firm believer in the importance of increasing flexibility, avoiding injuries, and learning to play golf tension free, she makes learning fun and keeps her clients entertained with her golf and life analogies.
- LPGA Class ‘A’ status.
- Owner/Operator of “Swing Easy Golf, Inc.” in Sedona, AZ, from 2001 until 2021.
- Established the “Let’s Get Tee-Gether” Sunday Scrambles, a fun and unique one-of-a-kind golf tournament mixer and founded the “Naughty Niners” golf group for novice women golfers in Sedona, AZ.
Paula is available for private instruction, seasonally, at Bardstown Country Club in Bardstown, KY, the Lebanon Country Club in Lebanon, KY, and the Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, AZ.