Jim Estes
PGA Golf Professional in Olney, MD

Jim Estes is a PGA golf professional. His PGA Tour-proven coaching is derived from first hand experience gained that resulted in not only qualifying for the PGA Tour and winning a Web.com event but also helping over 20 high school golfers play college golf.

Meet Jim Estes

I am a PGA Director of Instruction at Olney Golf Park and owner of Jim Estes Golf Academy. Over the past five years I have helped seven young, talented high school golfer realize their dream of playing college golf at the Division 1 level. I can help your players improve their games and reach their goals. The Aim for Greatness Adult Coaching Program And the Rising Stars High School Coaching Program provide a competitive learning environment at the Washington, D.C., area’s premier practice facility and learning center, Olney Golf Park. I have access to all of the cutting edge technology to measure and assess skill. Each clinic will include fun, competitive games like “Putt for Dough” and “Last Man Standing” that simulate tournament conditions and help students grow accustomed to handling pressure situations. The Aim For Greatness Coaching program is a year round junior golf development that is high intensity, golf specific training that is Individual 1 on 1 instructions with organized Supervised Practice Sessions.

If you have players who are serious about getting better, I am the coach for them. I won on the Web.com tour and played the PGA tour without winning a college golf tournament.

Jim’s Teaching Philosophy

Jim’s teaching philosophy encompasses a holistic approach that focuses on improvement of performance by addressing such factors such as a physical assessment, a skills assessment, mental approach, and course management. Jim believes that a player should swing according to their body type rather than fighting natural tendencies. He identifies the source of an individual’s physical power and consistency based on each body type, and identifies physical limitations. He can then provide instruction on how to improve elements of strength and flexibility that allow the mechanics of the golf swing to be applied more easily. Jim’s goal is to motivate each student to get results on the course.

Coaching Accomplishments

  • 2017 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State of MD
  • New Teaching Milestones for 2017: Jim’s Adult Coaching Program has helped Sturt Barth, Michael Werner, and Kevin Wei shoot their lowest scores. In addition, Jim in 2017 has helped his fiftieth player play college golf.
  • Jim qualified and made the cut in the 2015 Senior PGA Championship has guided juniors to 23 college scholarships
  • 32 HIGH SCHOOL GOLFERS utilizing the Jim Estes Golf Coaching program have played golf in college.
  • Voted 2015 Best Teachers in MD Golf Digest
  • 2012-14 Golf Range Association Growth of the Game Award
  • 2011-15 Golf Digest Best Teachers in the State of Maryland
  • 2010 PGA Patriot Award Winner for the country
  • 2008 PGA Middle Atlantic Section player of the year
  • 2008 7th in the National Club Professional Championship and qualified for the PGA Championship
  • 2008 Middle Atlantic Section President’s Award given for outstanding contributions to the local community
  • 2007 GOLF Magazine Innovator Award
  • WEB. Com tour winner 1996
  • PGA of America National Player of the Year 1995

Low Club Professional at Senior PGA

Local instructor Jim Estes finishes as low club professional at Senior PGA

Jim Estes came to the Senior PGA Championship last week having last competed on tour in 2000 and, as a full-time instructor at Olney golf park, a little out of practice. The Germantown resident had hit only a bucket of balls on the range before teeing off in the most storied of the five majors on the PGA Tour Champions.

But soon enough the competitive fire began settling in, as did Estes’s swing at Trump National golf club in Sterling. The result was a final-round 2-under-par 70 to finish as the low club professional Sunday.

Estes’s 72-hole total of 2-over 290 led four other club pros who made the cut and also was ahead of such major champions as Jeff Sluman, Ian Woosnam and Corey Pavin.



I first met Jim Estes when going through the spring 2015 SMGA clinic at Olney Golf Park in Olney, MD. I didn’t know much about the SMGA or anything about Jim at the time, but I thoroughly enjoyed golfing before sustaining injuries during support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and thought it might be fun to give it a try. Little did I know at the time, but Jim Estes and the SMGA would change my life. At the point I met Jim, I was several years removed from my injuries, meaning that the majority of my physical recovery was complete – or at least as good as my physical condition will allow. What I didn’t realize, however, was that that the mental recovery wasn’t complete and I wasn’t living up to my physical potential.

I sometimes tell people that a wounded warrior has 2 parts to their mental recovery. The first is coming to terms with the traumatic experiences from combat, and the other is learning how to thrive with the new perceived physical “limitations.” Jim and the SMGA have helped with both. Jim fully understands that everyone swings the golf club a little bit differently, and in the case of wounded veterans, sometimes dramatically different. Instead of forcing one particular swing on you, he works with veterans to find the swing that is best suited for their disabilities. For me, I’m unable to fully bend or extend my right arm, and I also have a hard time supinating or pronating. As a result, the typical release in golf is difficult (meaning a slice to the right was common for me), but after several lessons with Jim, I’m able to consistently hit the ball straight – even with a slight draw at times.

One of Jim’s greatest qualities is his positivity. During the lessons, we don’t dwell on what I can’t do as a result of my injuries – instead we focus solely on improvement. In regards to my mental recovery, I was never the type of person who was able to talk to a psychiatrist or a fellow veteran if something was bothering me as I firmly believe everyone heals in their own way. For me, getting out to the golf course is my release. I’m able to forget about everything and leave the golf course with a clear head, feeling completely refreshed. Through both Jim and the SMGA, I’m able to get out golfing more frequently and enjoy it exponentially more with my new ability.In addition to working with me both at the clinics and on an individual basis, Jim has taken the time to work with my wife on an individual basis as well. This is one of the areas that Jim truly excels. He cares not only for the wounded veterans, but also about the family members as well. Getting my wife into golf has given us a shared passion and we now spend a lot more time together.

After working with Jim for 8 weeks during the spring SMGA clinics, I was able to get my handicap to a level that allowed me to apply for and be invited to play in the Warrior Open, a yearly golf tournament in Dallas, Texas hosted by President Bush. Upon finding out that I was invited to play, Jim immediately volunteered to caddie for me at the event. The trip turned out to be the trip of a lifetime, and the relationship my family formed with Jim will last a lifetime. ~ Andrew Hilstrom

Andrew Hilstrom

Salute Military Golf Association


Wounded Warriors

The SMGA’s mission is to provide rehabilitative golf programs, experiences, and family inclusive golf opportunities for post 9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes. Eligible veterans and service members include those wounded or injured in post 9/11 military operations, including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Jim has helped many physically challenged wounded warriors to achieve single digit golf handicaps. He has provided golf instruction to soldiers with spinal cord injuries, amputations and traumatic brain injury to become proficient golfers.