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John Gunby, Golf Instructor

John Gunby

PGA Golf Instructor

Current Duties and Responsibilities

PGA Involvement

  • PGA Member since 1980
  • Member of the SWSPGA Board of Directors 2006-2010
  • Chairman of the SWSPGA Junior Golf Committee 2004-2010
  • Member of the National PGA Junior Golf Committee 2009-2010
  • Developed the SWSPGA Junior “FUNdamental Golf Program” in 2007
  • Current member of the SWSPGA PGA HOPE Task Force


  • 2000 – Golf Digest’s “Best Service in North America” The Raven at South Mountain, as Director of Golf
  • 2000 & 2001 – Golf World Business “Top 100 Golf Shops” The Raven at South Mountain
  • 2002 – Southwest Section PGA Junior Golf Leader
  • 2005 – Golf Digest’s Top 10 Instructors in Arizona
  • 2007, 2010 & 2011 – Southwest Section PGA President’s Plaque awards (Player Development for the Growth of the Game)
  • 2008 – Southwest Golf Media Association’s Bob Goldwater award “promotion of the game of golf and representing the values of the game”
  • 2009 – Southwest Golf Media Association’s Club of the Year – Shalimar CC
  • 2013 – Southwest Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year
  • 2016 – Inducted into the Century Golf Management Company Hall of Fame
  • 2017 – Arizona Golf Association Champion of Golf award “selfless lifetime service to the game of golf in AZ”
  • 2019 – Southwest Section PGA Patriot of the Year
  • 2019 – Inducted into the Southwest Section PGA Hall of Fame

Additional Achievements

  • Coached City of Tempe’s Special Olympics Golf Team from 2006-2010
  • Team USA Coach – Aaron Baddeley World Jr Inv – China 2006 & 2007
  • Bradshaw Mountain (Prescott area) Special Olympics Golf Coach 2011 – current
  • Founded the East Valley Friendship League for Special Olympic Golfers to participate in golf all year long
  • Past Vice President of the Junior Golf Association of AZ and past Member of the Board of Directors of the JGAA
  • Past Board Member – Guide Dogs of the Desert
  • Founded the “Cliff Whittle Cup” junior golf developmental golf program in 2007 serving the East Valley
  • Instituted a Disabled Veterans’ Golf Program in 2012 at The Club at Prescott Lakes in conjunction with the Northern AZ VA Medical Center. This has morphed into the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere).
  • Started self-funded Operation: Keep ‘Em Warm in 2014 to provide warm clothing to Veterans in need. In conjunction with Antigua and their Antigua Invitational, we now serve 2,500 in-need Veterans.
  • Started a PGA HOPE program at Antelope Hills GC in 2018 that continues today
  • Certified Titleist Performance Institute instructor
  • Certified PING and Henry Griffitts clubfitter
  • Certified PGA Adaptive Golf instructor
  • Advanced Certification – USGA Rules of Golf - 2019
  • Currently write a bi-weekly golf column for the Prescott Daily Courier newspaper
  • Currently assist with four area high school golf teams as a coach