Golf Lessons, Golf Clinics and Golf Schools in Tampa - Clearwater, Pinellas County FL

JOHN HAYES, the award-winning PGA Teaching Pro at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Driving Range, moved to the Tampa area in 2012 to be able to teach golf year-round. Don’t waste your valuable practice time – Get a lesson and get a plan!

Photo: Manuel de la Torre & John Hayes in Tampa.

All students must understand the correct fundamentals so their swing is based on sound GEOMETRY and PHYSICS PRINCIPLES that do not change. “The golf swing principles are not complicated. I teach 6 year-old golfers and they understand,” said John Hayes.

He has learned to teach from the legendary PGA Hall of Famer, Manuel de la Torre (October 6, 1921 – April 24, 2016). “The first time I saw Manuel teach golf, three things happened: 1) the student hit better shots right away, 2) he or she clearly understood what needed to be done and why and 3) the student left the lesson excited with the realization – I can really do this!” You will understand the motion of the club and what must be done to produce good shots,” said John Hayes.

Go to: for more info on Manuel de la Torre.

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JOHN HAYES has been serious for over 25 years about teaching golf and so he has spent over 100 days learning from and watching Manuel de la Torre teach all level of golfers, from major champions to brand new players. He has also learned things from several other top-notch instructors, all of this PRACTICAL knowledge will help you practice smart and get the most out of your game. John Hayes also excels at an interesting category of golfer, THE ADULT WHO IS NEW TO GOLF!

Any swing problems must have the correct diagnosis to be solved. One of the tenets of Manuel’s teaching is that the student should not be asked to do something that can be overdone. You don’t want to try something now that can get you in trouble down the road. THE MORE YOU DO IT – THE BETTER YOU SHOULD SWING! Lessons must be CUSTOMIZED for the individual and I want to be part of YOUR TEAM to help you play better golf.

General lesson schedule: Tuesday through Sunday, earliest lesson at 8:00 a.m. and latest lesson at 7:00 p.m. You can pay with cash, check, Zelle, Venmo or credit card.

Don’t worry about the Florida heat as we have the option to do the lesson under a sun cover on a top-quality range mat!
John Hayes – PGA Award-winning golf instructor at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Driving Range.

PRIVATE LESSONS – One hour – $80. Half hour – $50. Check “Golf Lesson Pricing” tab for all series prices. Prices always include range balls.

** Now available: TRACKMAN LESSONS with John Hayes for $135 for an hour.  Get your TrackMan number goals during the lesson and then you can practice on TrackMan on another day for one hour for only $60.  Check at for practicing on TrackMan at the Chi Chi Golf Range.

***SEMI-PRIVATE ADULT LESSON PRICES FOR SMALL GROUPS, ONE-HOUR – 2 people – $100 (Series of 4 – $360). 3 people – $120 (Series of 4 – $420). 4 people – $140 (Series of 4 – $500) Adult Groups of 5 or more is $150 per hour. *** SEMI-PRIVATE JUNIOR (age 17 or younger) LESSONS: ONE-HOUR – 2 people – $60 (Series of 5 – $250). 3 people – $75 (Series of 5 – $315). Range balls included! Junior Groups of 4 or more is $90 per hour (no series prices). Click on “Golf Lesson Prices” tab for all details.


EASY LESSON GIFT CERTIFICATE: 1) EMAIL me with # of lessons you want to buy, whether half hour or hour, and the name of the gift recipient.  And whether you prefer to pay by check, Zelle, Venmo or card.  2) I’ll email back with the gift certificate attached so you can print it or email to the recipient.  And I’ll give you instructions on how to pay.

Chi Chi Rodriguez Driving Range
2987 North McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33761 Pinellas County  (EAST side of McMullen between Curlew & 580)

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Manuel de la Torre mentioned in a Moe Norman YouTube Video

Go to YouTube and search for “Moe Norman Private Range Demo 2001 Orlando” to see a 52:53 minute video where Moe talk about his “new way.”  A question came to Moe, Where did you get this from?   Moe said, “Manuel de la Torre.  One of the best in the world ever.  Him and Ernest Jones.”

Moe also said, “Just trying to show you how simple the game is.  I just found a new way.”