About Us

Performance Golf Academy

Phillip Dawson Jr.

Owner & PGA Professional

Philip Dawson Jr is the new Director of Instruction at Performance Golf Academy at Old Greenwood. Philip has been teaching for 15 years since 2009 after playing professionally for 7 seasons. He has over 20 professional wins to his credit and was recently named 2023 Northern California PGA Teacher of the Year and has been Top 25 FCG Elite Player Coach in USA since 2015.

His passion is for coaching all levels of players with his holistic approach to maximizing a students potential through technique, fitness, nutrition, properly fit equipment, mental performance and data driven course strategy. Philip teaches with video and Trackman 4 to maximize his students learning environment and understanding of their holistic improvement plan.

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

Charlie Lyon

Pro Golf Assistant

Charlie Lyon is a PGA Class-A Teaching Professional born and raised in El Paso, Texas where he started playing golf at the age of eight. He moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1987 and started working at the Golf Digest Academy at Troon North. He has spent the past 25 years teaching at some of the most prestigious golf clubs in the Scottsdale area. And for the past 16 years, Charlie has split his time between Scottsdale and Truckee, currently residing at Gainey Ranch Golf Club and The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood.

“I enjoy teaching all levels of players and building lasting friendships with my students. Taking lessons doesn’t have to be a chore, let’s take it step by step and improve your game, trust me, it’ll be fun! When I am not on the lesson tee, I enjoy playing golf with my wife Connie or taking my Chocolate Lab Chloe for a long hike on some of the beautiful trails in the Tahoe area. I look forward to another beautiful summer in Truckee”.


The Performance Golf Academy with Philip Dawson Jr. has teamed up with the top golf and fitness facilities in the Tahoe and Sacramento areas. This provides our students with the best opportunity to train in the optimum environment to reach their individual goals.

Old Greenwood Golf Course in Truckee, California, is a premier golf destination known for its beautiful and challenging layout. Designed by the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, the course is part of a luxury golf community and offers an 18-hole, par-72 course that stretches over 7,500 yards. It is characterized by its integration with the natural landscape, featuring rolling hills, pine trees, and scenic views typical of the Sierra Nevada region.