About Us

Performance Golf Academy, Sacramento CA


My academy premise is to provide holistic training program for avid players and country club members alike. By using my certifications in fitness, technique, properly fit equipment, nutrition and mental performance training. I create a long term plan and vision for the player as well as the action plan to achieve their goals and dreams.

I have been trained and studied many of the best modern technologies in teaching (Trackman, SAM Lab, Bodi Trak, K Vest, Gears) and use those things to get my students to feel things through drills in gym and on practice tee as an athlete. For the higher level junior players, competitive amateurs and professionals I also offer college recruiting, caddie service and love to play golf with all my students when the time allows. My background as a tournament player and former touring professional gives me insight to not only training the athlete but also the players golf IQ and practice plan efficiency.

Phillip Dawson Jr.

Owner & PGA Professional

I am the owner and director of instruction at The Performance Golf Academy. After playing full time professional golf for 7 years in 2010 I switched my focus to training and coaching avid golfers. I would say I am known for my work with touring professionals, college players and elite juniors, but I get just as much enjoyment working with the amateur players at the club I teach at and seeing them benefit from the same holistic plans to improve that I offer to the competitive player. 
I have been named FCG Top 25 Elite Player Master Coach in USA since 2015 for my work with the over 100 college players I have helped earn scholarships, and also having coached world class professionals like Cameron Champ (3 PGA Tour wins taught him through high school and early college), Corey Pereira (top 10 amateur in the world and Korn Ferry Tour player), Charlie Osborne (runner up US Am, played Masters and US Open this year) and many others.

Former Touring Professional

PGA Professional Class A

NCPGA AA Stroke Play Champion

NCPGA AA Match Play Champion(two times)

NCPGA Cup team member (multiple times)

Cal Cup Team (multiple times)

NCPGA AA Cup team member (multiple times)

Clint Eastwood Gunslinger Member Pro Champion

Collegiate Golf Sacramento State University

Canadian PGA Tour Player

Shot course record 60 (12 under) in competition

Winner of over 20 professional events

Guest Instructor Pebble Beach Golf Academy

Guest Instructor Old Greenwood Golf Academy

Worked with Dr Glen Albaugh noted Sports Psychologist to many PGA Tour Players

Worked with Top 50 Golf Digest teachers Laird Small, Dean Reinmuth, Dick Harmon, Mike Labauve and Keith LyfordCertified Nike NG 360 fitness instructor

Trackman Certified Professional

Callaway Master Club Fitter

FCG Elite Player Master Coach Top 25 USA (perpetual award)

Blast Certified Professional

Nike Swoosh Advisory Staff

Club Champion Brand Ambassador

Our Headquarters

The Performance Golf Academy has teamed up with the top Golf and Fitness facilities in the Sacramento area. This provides our students with the best opportunity to train in the optimum environment to reach their individual goals. Our partnership with Nike Golf provides us with cutting edge technology and the best fitting equipment available today.