Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Carlsbad)
2100 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, California 92009

Meet Our Pros

Our golf professionals will enhance your golf experience

AJ Avoli

A.J. Avoli

Director of Instruction

Years in Hospitality: 15 years

Grew up in: Ohio

Graduated from: Professional Golfers College

Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers 

A.J. Avoli is an award-winning and expert teacher in the golf game, with experience in senior instructor positions at the Hank Haney Golf World Headquarters, Jim McLean Golf School and Top Golf Academy. With a degree in Professional Golf Management, Avoli knows how to take a golfer’s game to the next level in all facets of the game including private lessons, golf schools and junior camps. Named as one of Golf Digest’s  “Top 40 Young Instructors in America” and "The Best Teachers in California," Avoli is a nationally recognized instructor on the rise.

Dustin Irwin

Dustin Irwin

Director of Golf

Grew up in: Sheboygan Falls, WI

Graduated from: Ferris State University

Favorite Teams: the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers

Enjoys: Spending time with family, music, beach and golf

gavin parker

Gavin Parker

Head Golf Professional, Resort 

Years in Hospitality: 6 years

Grew up in: Bethel, ME

Graduated from: Campbell University

Enjoys: Surfing and snowboarding 


mike mulford

Mike Mulford

Head Golf Professional, Membership

Years in Hospitality: 6 years

Grew up in: Novato, CA

Special Talents:  I can recite every US Open golf course and winner since 1987

Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco Giants

Eric Norgrove

Eric Norgrove

Assistant Golf Professional 

Grew up in: Lake Tahoe, NV

Graduated from: Truckee Meadows Community College

Favorite teams: Green Bay Packers, St. Mary’s Gaels

Enjoys: Golfing, teaching golf, skiing and family

Michael Matranga

Assistant Golf Professional

Years in Hospitality: 4 years

Grew up in: San Diego, CA

Graduated from: San Diego Golf Academy of America

Favorite Sport Team: Padres

Derek Ripperger

Assistant Golf Professional

Years in Hospitality: 10 years

Grew up in: Wichita Falls, TX

Graduated from: San Diego Golf Academy of America

Specializes In: Junior lessons, putting and on-course lessons

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