~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 Golf Team in the 1980's and turned professional in 1984. Jim has worked in the golf industry in a variety of ways ... as a college and tournament player, a college coach, a Club Professional and an instructor. After competing on the Asian and Australian tours, Jim was the Head Coach for the Men's Golf Team at USC in the early 1990's before moving to Boise in 1997.
Jim has taught at Quail Hollow since 1998, and enjoys helping students obtain a better understanding of the game as well as enjoy the game more. Jim has won the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Championship in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2017, and has received the following awards:
- “Best Teacher of Idaho” by Golf Digest Magazine each year since 2013
- "Top 10 Teachers in the Northwest USA” by Golf Magazine
- 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017 “Teacher of the Year” by Rocky Mountain Section, PGA
- 2009, 2011, 2013 “Player of the Year” Rocky Mountain Section, PGA
- 2012, 2013, 2017 "Senior Player of the Year" Rocky Mountain Section, PGA