Meet the Pros at Colwood Golf Center
The Portland Golf Academy at Colwood is committed to providing the best in golf instruction for golfers of all skill levels in the Portland Metro area. Utilizing the upgraded Colwood Golf Center driving range, our instructors combine years of teaching experience with the latest in golf technology to create a learning environment that is tailored to your various golfing needs.
Whether it’s private lessons for one-on-one learning, fun and social clinics for groups, or growing the game with junior clinics – the Portland Golf Academy has something for every golfer. For more information about golf instruction at Colwood Golf Center, please contact Jake Bader.
Colwood is honored to have earned the 2022 NGCOA Player Development Award!
All lessons are scheduled online, please click here to book your next lesson.
Jake Bader is a second generation PGA member with the PGA of America, recipient of the “2019 Oregon PGA Youth Player Development Award” and the the “2020 Oregon PGA Player Development Award”. Before joining Colwood, Jake spent the 9 years with GOLFTEC as their director of instruction, where he received their “Top Coach Award” 4 times. Jake began his teaching career in 1996 in Washington, then expanded out to work in various public, private, and resort facilities in Palm Springs, Portland, Lake Tahoe and Mexico. He has also been nominated for various teaching awards throughout his career.
With the use of video and (V1) coaching software, and utilizing his SKYTRAK launch monitor, Jake has the latest technology to maximize the students’ learning experience.
Throughout the years with over 24,000 lessons taught, Jake has had over 50 juniors go on to play collegiately, 13 club champions and over 230 student tournament wins. He also coaches local PGA Pros. Jake believes in coaching to each students own individual goals and utilizing the teaching method that best suites their unique swing and learning style. Jake takes a comprehensive approach with his 5 star instructional program.
Tom, who has been a member of the PGA of America since 1995, has over 30 years of experience teaching the game of golf at four facilities. Tom has grown to become a seasoned, popular instructor, who has helped hundreds of golfers from entry-level players to skilled competitors improve their game and enjoyment of it.
Tom began his journey as a golf professional as an assistant at Sand Point Country Club in Seattle in 1990. He then spent 13 years at Meadowmeer Golf Club on Bainbridge Island WA from 1992-2005. Tom’s family moved to Vancouver WA in 2006 where he briefly worked at Pro Golf of Vancouver before spending the last 15 seasons at Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course as the Manager and Head Professional.
Tom received the Oregon Chapter PGA Player Development Award in 2019 and is recognized as a leader among his peers. Tom’s approach to teaching is to help each student unlock their full potential by identifying how they can achieve the proper impact position. His goal is to make sure that each student fully understands a concept before introducing a new one.
Tom has extensive experience teaching juniors how to play and grow into competitive golfers. He has led over 100 junior camps in his career as well as being a PGA Junior League coach since the program’s inception.