About Coach V
My name is Visanu Tongwarin or as everyone calls me “Coach V” and I am a PGA Professional at Legacy Ridge Golf Course and Walnut Creek Golf Preserve in Westminster, Colorado. I am the teaching professional at these courses and I mainly offer private individual and group instruction. I have been at these courses since 2015 when I moved to Colorado from the Chicago-area.
I have been a Class A PGA Member since 1998 and have worked at Cantigny Golf (1996-1998) and Mistwood Golf Club (1999-2015). I was the Head Golf Professional at Mistwood from 2001 to the end of my tenure. Mistwood is where I learned the ins-and-outs of running a successful daily golf operation, created a fun and exciting membership and started my blossoming teaching career.
I realized that I want to have a bigger impact on golfers so I decided to switch gears to teaching full-time when I moved to Colorado. I wanted to give my students more than just a lesson and so I continued my education by being PGA Certified in Player Development. I wanted to make sure my students continued on after my lessons either it be a complete beginner or someone thinking of getting back into the game. I enjoy connecting with my students and creating a coach/student bond that they can rely on me for anything involving golf.
Having a love for the game more than ever even now has helped me as an instructor. I continually play and compete in our PGA section tournaments winning multiple events, competing in state opens and representing the PGA section in matches. I basically play golf at every opportunity I can. I use this passion for playing to help my students as a player and even enjoy bringing my students along for playing sessions when I can.
Being an instructor in a game with so many attributes and different ways to succeed can be challenging so I realize that I need to continually strive to continue to learn more about ways to connect with different students who will learn in different ways. I have to “speak their language” or give them multiple ways to make it comfortable for them. It’s not whether I am right or wrong, it’s about how the student understands and reacts to any instruction.
What motivates me being a PGA Teaching Professional is the potential of impacting a golfer’s life. This means giving my students the skills and the positive attitude of wanting to play the game more than ever. The biggest reward to me is to see my students enjoy the game more than ever.