The Simpson Sessions

Get the professional help you need (we mean the golf kind) at Ko Olina.

Golf is a nearly impossible game to master naturally, if at all, and that’s why golfing and golf lessons are pretty synonymous. From beginners to PGA professionals, it’s rare to find a golfer who has not taken at least a lesson or two… or three. To give those interested in gaining an edge and consistency in their game, Ko Olina Golf Club offers golf lessons from PGA and Champions tour professional Scott Simpson.


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A seven-time PGA tour champion and winner of the 1987 U.S. Open, Scott Simpson uses his 30-plus years of professional tour experience to guide, adjust and improve golfer’s techniques, attitude and perception of the game.

“I’m probably a little unique because I’ve played tournament golf for so long. I love to ask questions and get them involved in the learning process. We’ll go over different technical points, but sometimes just how to play the game, the strategy involved and handling pressure and courses,” says Simpson—who understands that without the lessons he had throughout his career, he would not have the success he’s been able to achieve.

Funneling the technological advances we all use on a given day into his lessons, Simpson utilizes video as a vital tool. After discussion sessions, Simpson uses an iPad to record a particular swing that a golfer would like to improve upon. Whether it’s driving, chipping, putting or fairway play, Simpson will work with any and all portions of a golfer’s game. Afterward there is a video review session, which seeks to find visual evidence of what a golfer is doing correctly and what can be improved.

“I try to emphasize what they do right and incorrectly. Oftentimes our swing doesn’t look the way it feels going up or coming down,” adds Simpson.

Simpson is tactical in not trying to figure out and correct all the flaws a golfer may have at one time. “Sometimes if you do just one or two things differently, that can positively affect other aspects of your swing.”

While most of Simpson’s lessons are of the hour-or-two variety, Simpson does offer half-day schools as well as nine-hole playing lessons where he’ll be out on the course playing with you. It’s not every day you can say you played with a U.S. Open winner.

“We run the gamut on who comes out,” says Simpson, “From junior professionals to people who just want to break 100. I want them all to have fun and be able to apply what we’ve done together to their game,” says Simpson.

Ko Olina Golf Club, 92-1220 Ali‘Inui Drive, 676-5300 or

*Note: Simpson is playing in the duration of the 2014 Champions Tour events and will resume lessons at Ko Olina in December.

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