Meet the Pros at Heron Lakes
WE ALL START SOMEWHERE! We have several experienced teaching professionals who can help you with your game, and who can even help you pick out the right set of clubs. Our teaching area features both grass tees and mats, and is covered for lessons, rain or shine. Please look over the below information to learn more about our instructors.
Director of Instruction
Jason Basile is our Director of Instruction. Jason is starting his 25th year at Heron Lakes with 15 years of teaching. Jason is extremely proud of the relationships he has forged over the years.
Originally from New York, Jason was introduced the game at very young age by his father and grandfather. He has competed and won as both a high-level amateur and a professional and knows what it takes to help golfers take their game to the next level. Whether you are just being introduced to the game or training for tournament play, Jason can help you achieve your golfing goals.
Jason believes that strong emphasis should be placed on the importance of pre-shot fundamentals. The proper grip, aim, stance, balance, posture, alignment and ball position is the foundation and basis of any good golf shot. Using V1 software for video analysis and a Full Swing launch monitor Jason has the latest technology to help you with all aspects of your game.
Jerry Olson, PGA
Jerry Olson is the Head Golf Professional here at Heron Lakes Golf Club, who has been a Class A Member of the PGA since 1998 has 24 years of teaching experience. Jerry worked on the Golf Channel Make-Over Series event taking his student who averaged over 100 to shooting an 88 on his last televised episode.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jerry grew up playing as a junior at Heron Lakes Golf Club and was introduced to the game by his grandfather at the age of 10. Jerry has enjoyed a solid playing career, competing in numerous PNWPGA Tournaments and Pro-Ams. He was a member of the 2021 Oregon Hagen Cup Team which features the best PGA pros in the state of Oregon.
Jerry has worked with students of all skill levels and enjoys teaching golf to any and all players. Jerry is also a certified fitting expert working with Callaway, Taylor-Made, Ping, Titleist and Cobra.
John Raffaele is an Assistant Golf Professional at Heron Lakes Golf Club. He has been employed at Heron Lakes since 2021 and in the PGA of America since 2022.
Raised in SE Portland, John has played golf in the greater Portland area for decades. The Great Blue course has been his favorite course in the area for many years. He was introduced to golf by his Grandfather Jack at a young age and grew to love the game over many years.
As an avid golfer, John found his passion to teach the game of golf for a living. He dedicated himself to learning about the game of golf, the history of the game, and the golf swing itself. He feels that the fundamentals are the most important part of the game, and returning to them from time-to-time will help all golfers improve.
If you’re a beginner, a junior, or someone who wants to freshen up the fundamentals, then John is the right instructor for you.