Top 100 Golf Academy of America Alumni

Johnny Walker

Graduate of Golf Academy of America in San Diego

Head Golf Professional

Current Employer: Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California

While part of Johnny Walker’s career advancement is due to his teaching and playing skills, he spends most of his time merchandising and performing club operation duties, including budgets and revenue planning. “So my abilities and knowledge around technology, people skills and problem solving are key.”

He says his training at Golf Academy of America was crucial in developing those skill sets and getting the job at Aviara. “Plus, GAA helped me prepare for interviews and for getting through the PGM program so I could gain PGA membership.”

Aviara Golf Club has hired at least six other Golf Academy of America graduates since Walker has been employed there. What would he tell future graduates? “Gain as much experience as you can. Timing is everything so if an opportunity comes up, you want to be as prepared as you can be. Be patient when looking for opportunities; they are out there but you may need to be flexible. Build your resumé and keep it up to date.”

What's in His Bag? TaylorMade

Golf Ball of Choice: TaylorMade

Best part of his job: “It is difficult to nail down the favorite part of my job. I love the community within the golf industry. I love coming to work and creating positive experiences here at Aviara. And I love the family atmosphere I am fortunate enough to work in.”