Josh Karp Golf Lessons

Josh Karp Golf Lessons

5.0 (4)
1 employee
23 years in business

About this pro

As the former Head Golf Pro at Welk Resort San Diego from 2006-2017, I specialize in teaching beginners how to prepare for golf tournaments and business outings. I have taught over 500 group clinics and private lessons at Welk Resort. I take great pride in how many of my students have booked multiple lessons based upon the satisfaction of their first appointment.

For each lesson, I ask the student's specific goals for his/her game improvement. Then, it becomes my mission to teach that student how to teach themself to achieve that goal.

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San Marcos, CA 92078
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4 Reviews


  • tracy ward

    Josh is a very personable and encouraging golf instructor. He is patient in working with his students and gives practical advice on what each person can focus on in order to improve their golf swing. He has recommended some good drills to practice, especially for my short game (which is where I could use the most improvement!) I have worked with him in an individual setting as well as with groups - and at the driving range as well as on the golf course - he does a great job coaching in any of those settings. Highly recommend him!

  • Kelly Vecchio

    Josh has been my instructor for over a year. He is awesime to work with. He has a lot of patience and he has helped me improve so much. I highly recommend him

  • Chris

    Josh Karp is a phenomenal instructor. He is patient and friendly, he is quick to understand your learning style and adapts his teaching methods to suit you best. He is easy to approach and ask questions, and you'll always leave with a smile.

  • Tricia Fonseca

    Really helped me! Highly recommend


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1) Pre-lesson Interview - Ask the student about their objective for the lesson. Visual Improvement (how their shots look) or Scoring Improvement (how they score)?

2) Swing Observation - Watch them hit shots to identify easy-to-make changes.

3) Swing Adjustments - Implement up to a few small changes that will maximize immediate improvement. If applicable, will also discuss any bigger changes for long-term improvement.

4) Take-home Drills - My most important philosophy is to teach a student to teach themself. Drills/exercises built for the long-term game improvement can help achieve this.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

1995 - All-city Golf Champion, San Francisco, CA

1996-97 - Played Competitve Collegiate Golf at Canada Junior College, Redwood City, CA

1998 - Graduated from San Diego Golf Academy with AA Degree in Golf Complex Operations

2001-2005 - Welk Resort Assistant Golf Pro, taught hundreds of group clinics and private lessons

2006-2017 - Welk Resort Head Golf Pro, Continued teaching while training other Golf Pros how to teach lessons

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I believe in being transparent so here are my prices:

1-on-1 Private Lesson..... $50 per hour

Group Lessons - Add $10 per hour per person (i.e. $80 per hour for 4 people)

Kids under 18 are 25% off.

How did you get started teaching?

At the golf academy, I learned quickly that my passion in golf was for teaching students how to play this great game.

I think teaching is one of the most rewarding experiences as I get to share the enjoyment of seeing my student's reaction to exceeding their own expectations for what they can achieve.

Golf is a very difficult sport, so I enjoy helping people get past that initial barrier of difficulty that so many people face today.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all kinds of students. First-timers, high handicappers, competitive players, kids, ladies, seniors, couples and business-minded individuals that would like the sport to help them close the next deal.

I specialize in beginners to intermediate players who are seeking consistency in their golf game, as this has been most of my lessons.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Earlier this year, I conducted a 30-minute clinic for a group of beginners before they were scheduled to play in a tournament. After the tournament ended, many of them came in to thank me for the immediate improvement they saw in their game.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Speak to the instructor before hiring him or her. You have to be comfortable with how they verbally communicate to you, since this is how they deliver the golf lesson.

Also, when speaking to the instructor, ask him/her to walk you through a typical lesson for a student similar to yourself.

If you like what you hear, then book only 1 lesson and go from there. It's a shame when the teacher-student combination is not a fit yet the student locked themself into a series of lessons.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1) If you had only one part of your golf game you could fix, what would it be?

2) What are your favorite and least favorite clubs?

3) What is your short-term goal (right away) and when do you want to achieve it?

4) What is your long-term goal (within a year) and when do you want to achieve it?

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