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  • #1 Rated Teacher in Colorado (Golf Digest numerous years)
  • Top 25 Master Elite Junior Golf Coaches in the U.S.
  • Three-Time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Player Development Award Winner (Colorado PGA 2016)
  • Golf Channel Academy Coach (The Golf Channel)
  • Golf@Altitude TV Show Instructor (Altitude Sports TV
  • Best Golf Teacher in State List (Golf Digest)
  • Certified Golf Coach (Dr. Rick Jensen)





Trent Wearner

Trent Wearner is a 3-time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year and often rated as the #1 Teacher in Colorado by his peers and Golf Digest Magazine.  He has been on The Golf Channel and Morning Drive several times as well as regularly on Altitude Sports Television's Golf@Altitude. Being a Colorado native hasn’t kept him from traveling the country to work with and learn from the nation’s top coaches/teachers. He has taught side-by-side several top instructors including Keith Lyford in Scottsdale and in New England before being hired to work at the McGetrick Golf Academy. He has also taught clinics with other Top 100 Teachers. Trent grew up with the game and has an uncle who played on the Tour with the legends of the game.  As a young golfer, Trent played a lot of competitive junior golf and continues to play in Colo PGA Section Professional events. He works with players of all ability levels and spends his time equally between Adults and Juniors many who are considered the state's top amateurs, juniors and mini-tour players.  With 80+ students playing or having played college golf, he is the most sought-after junior coach in the region. 

Trent regularly leads instructional seminars for other PGA members and consistently volunteers his time for junior golf in Colorado. He is a Certified Golf Coach certified by Dr. Rick Jensen, who is a very well-respected sports psychologist.  In addition to being an honored PGA member and teacher, Trent belongs to two elite groups consisting of the nation’s top instructors (Proponent Group and Golf Channel Academy). Throughout his career Wearner has received numerous awards and accolades, both locally and nationally, which you can see at the left.

His private lesson students consistently make the drive from cities and towns all over Colorado as well as neighboring states like Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, New Mexico and others. Being the region’s junior golf coaching leader also makes him verse in the college golf process as he helps high school players understand and realize what it takes to play at the collegiate level. To see his Junior Coaching Programs click here.  For his Adult Coaching Programs please click here.  



  • 2011 Colorado Open Champion
  • 2002 U.S. Open Participant
  • Winner of over 30 professional mini-tour events
  • Participant in U.S. Amateur and U.S. Public Links Championships
  • Participant in PGA, Nationwide, and Canadian Tours as well as the European Challenge Tour
  • 2001 Colorado Golf Association Player of the Year




Ben Portie

Ben Portie has spent the last 24 years of his life learning, competing, and teaching the game of golf.  As a past member of the University of Colorado golf team, he continued his drive to succeed in golf by furthering his education of the golf swing.  After a successful collegiate career, he went on to compete in PGA, Nationwide, Canadian, and European Challenge Tour events while winning over 30 professional events across the country.   

An avid thirst to continue learning the game himself has also pushed him to teach the game to others of all abilities.  Ben has taught private and group lessons at public and private facilities, as well as junior golf instruction, camps and clinics.  He has taught Nike Junior Golf Camps, CU Elite Golf Camps, Gold Crown Junior Golf Instruction, and other summer long junior golf clinics.  Most recently he has passed on his knowledge to collegiate golfers as an Assistant Men’s Golf Coach for the University of Colorado, an Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach for the University of Northern Colorado, and most recently as the Head Women's Coach for Metro State University. 

Ben coaches people of all ability levels.  He has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in golf that will help you become successful in obtaining your goals.  Click here to view his Junior Coaching Programs and here for his Adult Coaching Programs.




Jerry Walters - Putting & Short Game

Jerry Walters spent ten years working for a major putter company as their PGA Tour and web.com Tour representative. As well as working with players on major tours, Walters has also taught mini-tour players and amateurs, working on putting and short game proficiency. His skills include developing a better putting position, reliable techniques, green reading and proven practice routines. Putting is 43% of the game of golf, probably the one club you’ll use every hole. Jerry is also a master putter fitter, a 4 Putting Elements Certified Instructor and can guide you on a putter that suits your style or he can simply adjust your current one. Walters offers a Tour Training Session Clinic package throughout the year.


Walters has hosted various golf related radio and television shows since 1993, and has been awarded Media Person of the Year twice by the Colorado Section of the PGA and twice by the Colorado Golf Association.  Click here to view his Junior Coaching Programs and here for his Adult Coaching Programs.  

"Jerry, thanks again for the great lesson on Saturday.  Cherie really enjoyed it and got a lot of great ideas to help her game.  We both agree you're a great coach!"  - Dave and Cherie M.

"I just would like to thank you for the putting lessons over the past week. The adjustments to my eyes, stance, shoulders and ball positioning have me putting as well as my best days of college golf competition. I have made more putts over 15 feet in the last week than I have made in a long time! My lag putting is incredible as well!!"  - Tom Krause PGA





Philip Linares

Philip Linares teaches golfers of all ages and skill levels.  He has successfully designed and implemented many different types of junior and adult programs at the academy.  His main goal is to help you reach your competitive or recreational playing goals and coach you through the entire learning process.  Philip’s coaching will increase your interest in the game, your enjoyment of the game, and your development in golf, as well as all of the life lessons the game teaches.  He believes you must fit the golf swing to the golfer and not fit the golfer to the swing.

Philip has also started a non-profit foundation called the Golf and Leadership Foundation.  The foundation was started to help underprivileged kids gain access to golf and all the life skills it teaches.  For more information about the foundation please visit www.golfandleadership.org.  Philip has a bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology from Iowa State University.  He has an extensive and varied background working with children in various recreational and therapeutic settings.  Philip is involved with the First Tee Program as well as the PGA Golf in Schools Program. 

Click here to view his Junior Coaching Programs and here for his Adult Coaching Programs.




Katie Milstead

Katie, is a PGA Professional who was born and raised in Western Colorado. From a young age, she embraced the challenges of the game, often playing from sun up to sun down on many summer days. Katie immediately excelled at golf and earned the opportunity to play at New Mexico State University as a walk on. Katie knew immediately after college that she wanted to work in the golf profession; a place to share her passion for the game that gave her so much as a youth. She earned the distinguished PJ Boatwright Internship with the Colorado Golf Association (CGA) and ran their junior golf tournaments prior to accepting her first position as an Assistant at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver. Lured back to Western Colorado, Katie spent 8 years as the Assistant Golf Professional at Bookcliff Country Club, building a large and devoted audience of members and youth who benefited from her passion for teaching. More recently she was the Program Director for The First Tee of Pikes Peak and Green Valley Ranch.

Katie is a highly-decorated PGA Member having received numerous peer-reviewed awards and accolades for her outstanding efforts to grow the game of golf. She resides in Castle Rock with her husband Barry who is the Head Golf Professional at Valley Country Club.

Katie’s abundance of energy, enthusiasm, excitement and joy for life spills over in to everything she does – especially in teaching golf! No matter where you find her, you can be sure she will have a smile on her face and an infectious laugh to share.

  • Youth Player Development Award Winner (Colorado PGA 2016)
  • National PGA Junior Golf Committee Member
  • Assistant Golf Professional of the Year (Colorado PGA 2010)
  • Recognized First Tee Coach & Program Director
  • Assistant Girls’ Golf Coach for Regis Jesuit High School

It’s All About You

Being Colorado’s Golf Instruction leader means that we do what is right for you. We don’t put an expiration date on our series of lessons like other golf centers and academies. We stay in constant communication with all of our students and encourage our students to contact us with any questions while away from the golf academy. You will also find that we have the best staff, practice facility and learning environment in Colorado. To learn more about our versatile practice facility Click Here.




IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!  You are authentic and we treat you as such and we are equally as excited to help you as you are to see improvement in your own game!  We love what we do and it shows in our dedication to you.  We always start by sending you a questionnaire so that we can learn as much about you, your game and your goals before the first lesson even begins. This allows us to know some history about your game and begin a plan for helping you improve. Our questionnaire is comprehensive and will spell out some things that aid in our ability to help you improve.

We do not teach the same thing to every person. People are built differently and have different goals and time to dedicate to improving. Our overall philosophy relates to (1) Improving your technique to gain better control of the ball with consistent results, (2) Developing sound practice habits that roll over to the course and also guidance on how to best practice so that you're getting the most out of your time, and (3) Developing on-course skills like game management, self-management, key mental tactics and decision-making. This flexible philosophy addresses the needs and desires of each student as the teacher/coach adapts to your learning style. This individuality and attention to one’s overall game along with our ability to communicate on a level clear and understandable is what has made Trent Wearner Golf the most sought-after golf instruction in the region.

To learn more about the remarkable accomplishments of our golf students please visit Student Accomplishments. If you’re researching instructors in Colorado, we urge you to click on the page The Informed Consumer to educate yourself about the factors you should take into consideration.