Born and raised in Watertown, Wisconsin, Shaun Finley has been playing golf for more than 25 years. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in Business Administration.
In 2008, Finley was elected into membership as a PGA Class A golf professional. In addition to The Oaks Golf Course, he has worked at various golf facilities including Watertown Country Club (Watertown, WI), The Hideaway (La Quinta, CA) and Palm Valley Country Club (Palm Desert, CA). Finley has been teaching lessons for 12 years and continues to develop his vast knowledge of the swing. He believes it is important to keep lessons simple while addressing areas of improvement and focusing on patience.
Finley aims to make students successful by:
- Understanding student goals.
- Understanding student learning styles and matching his teaching approach to that style.
- Keeping lessons simple while identifying areas for improvement.
- Creating a success plan that is attainable for the student.
- Giving students the ability to self-diagnose while playing or practicing on his or her own.
Breaking an old habit or developing a new skill takes time. It is not something that can be mastered without continued effort. In my mind, everyone has a unique way to learn, and it is important for me as an instructor to pinpoint my student’s learning style. I must tailor each lesson to maximize my student’s ability to succeed.
— Shaun Finley
Director of Golf Instructions & Fitting
Brent Mann has been playing golf for 25 years, fitting and building clubs for 20 years and teaching the game for 14 years. Growing up in Platteville, Wisconsin, he was course record holder at the Platteville Golf & Country Club with a 64, as well as the 9-hole record holder at 7-under. Following his high school and college experiences, Mann turned professional and moved to Arizona to play on various mini tours and become a certified master club fitter and builder. While in Arizona, he observed and worked alongside Jim Flick, one of the all-time great golf instructors.
After finishing his work in Arizona, Mann moved to Los Angeles, California. While in LA, he became Director of Instruction & Fitting at Players Club Golf & Fitness in Santa Monica. Following this Players Club experience, he parlayed his personal training, club fitting, and TPI certifications into an opportunity to start a golf performance business in Beverly Hills. While teaching, Mann also started training for long drive competitions and even qualified for the Re/Max World Long Drive Championships. Using his background in long drive and tournament golf, he was able to work with Hollywood elite, MLB and NFL players, PGA professionals and thousands of amateurs.
Mann’s approach to instruction focuses on the individual first and foremost. He does not think one method works for everyone. Instead, he strives to work with each golfer’s natural tendencies and unique limitations.
I believe very simply, that golf is an extremely easy thing to do, but an eternally difficult task to master. The sooner you start accepting the simplicities of golf, the sooner you can clear space in your mind to start truly improving your game.
— Brent Mann