~Meet the Golf Instructors~
Matt Ennis has been the Head Professional at Quail Hollow Golf Club since 1998. Born and raised in Boise, Matt played golf at Boise High School where he graduated in 1988. He went on to play collegiate golf at Santa Clara University. After graduation from Santa Clara in 1992, Matt was a two time Apprentice Scholarship winner from Titleist. He turned Professional in 1994 and was twice nominated for assistant professional of the year in the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA. Since taking the Head Professional position at Quail Hollow Golf Club in 1998, he has twice been nominated as Head Professional of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA. When not on the golf course, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, listening to music, reading and going to the movies.
Troy Dykstra was introduced to the game of golf at Spring Creek Golf Course in Elko, Nevada. Troy turned professional in 1993 and in 1995 moved to Idaho to accept the Head Golf Professional position at Terrace Lakes Resort in Garden Valley. He received his Class A PGA status in 1998, was nominated for the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Assistant Professional of the Year in 2006, and has been the Assistant Professional at Quail Hollow Golf Club since 2001. When he’s not in the Golf shop or instructing other players, you’ll find him with his 2 boys and wife on the course or at the movies. He believes there are two ways to learn the game of golf. Teach yourself if you have lots of time and don’t necessarily care if you get any better, or you can seek some professional help and obtain tangible progress. Troy has worked with players of all ages and abilities over his 17 years as a Golf Professional and is confident that with practice and simple, easy to understand instruction you can reach your playing goals.
Jim Empey was a member of the University of Southern California’s storied golf team in the 1980s. Jim has been a golf professional since 1984. Jim has held a number of roles in the golf industry during his career. Jim was a member of the Australian PGA Tour, the Asian Tour and the Golden State Tour before becoming the Head Coach of the Men’s Golf Team at USC. Jim moved to Boise in 1997, teaching at Quail Hollow Golf Course since that time. Jim was the Rocky Mountain Section, PGA Champion in 2007, 2011, and 2013, and has received the following awards:
- 2013/2014 “Best Teacher of Idaho” by Golf Digest Magazine
- 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010 “Teacher of the Year” by Rocky Mountain Section, PGA
- “Top 10 Teachers n the Northwest USA” Golf Magazine
- 2009, 2011, 2013 “Player of the Year” Rocky Mountain Section, PGA
- 2012, 2013 "Senior Player of the Year" Rocky Mountain Section, PGA
- 2012 “Senior Player of the Year,” Rocky Mountain Section, PGA