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

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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

ken simonds

Ken Simonds

Head Golf Professional 

Years in Hospitality: 16 years

Grew up in: Sacramento, CA

Graduated from: San Diego State University

Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco Giants

gavin parker

Gavin Parker

First Assistant Professional 

Years in Hospitality: 6 years

Grew up in: Bethel, ME

Graduated from: Campbell University

Enjoys: Surfing and snowboarding 


Eric Norgrove

Eric Norgrove

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

Daniel Williams

Daniel Williams

Golf Professional 

Grew up in: Omaha, NE

Graduated from: Mesa College

Favorite teams: Cornhuskers, San Diego Padres

Enjoys: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, all sports and working on cars