Laird Small, PGA


2012 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals

Laird Small, PGA

Pebble Beach Golf Academy

Stevenson Drive and Founders Lane

Pebble Beach City, CA 93953

(831) 622-8650

Named Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy in 1996, Laird Small has received many honors, including 2003 PGA Teacher of the Year award and Northern California Section PGA Teacher of the Year in 1996. Small was named one of America’s 50 Best Teachers by Golf Digest and Top 100 Teachers in America by Golf Magazine. He was instrumental in developing the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association and is a past president of the group, which introduces youth to golf through scholarships, clinics and tournaments.

Facility Type: Resort

Past awards/recognitions:

  • PGA National Teacher of the Year
  • PGA Section Teacher of the Year
  • Golf Magazine Top 100
  • Golf Digest Top 50
  • Golf Digest Top 20
  • Golf Digest Best in State

Technology used in instruction:

  • V1 Pro
  • Laptop
  • iPad
  • Dynamic Balance System
  • FlightScope
  • Edel Putter Fitting
  • Edel Wedge Fitting
  • AimPoint Technologies
  • K-Vest

Approximate number of free “tune-ups” and lessons given per year: 50

Growth of the game initiatives:

  • Learn to Play program
  • AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association with over 2,500 members