Being Colorado’s Golf Instruction Leader Means We Do What Is Right For You!   IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

Trent Wearner Golf has a committed culture that is unmatched, the finest coaching staff, amazing practice facilities and the premier learning environment in Colorado.  You are unique and we treat you as such!  Many golf centers teach the same thing to everyone who walks in the door.  We don’t do that – we work with you.  Our staff doesn’t dabble in teaching, we don’t do this part-time, and we don’t hire people who are just starting their career.  Our staff is highly experienced and committed to deliver the highest level of coaching possible which is why we’re the top golf coaching establishment in Colorado.  We are extremely excited to work with you regardless of your age, ability and gender – we love what we do and that will be evident every time you arrive.  You are encouraged to stay in constant communication with your coach with any questions you may have while away from the golf academy or to fill us in with your wonderful triumphs.

Trent Wearner coaches at Cherry Creek Country Club and does some clinics at our other locations.  He is a Three-Time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year, a Four-Time winner of the Colorado PGA’s Adult and Youth Player Development Award, one of GOLF Magazine’s prestigious Top 100 Teachers, and often rated the #1 Golf Course Teacher in Colorado by his peers and Golf Digest Magazine.

He has been on The Golf Channel and Morning Drive numerous times as well as regularly on Altitude Sports Television’s Golf@Altitude, 9News and CBS4. Being a Colorado native hasn’t kept him from traveling the country to work with and learn from the nation’s top coaches/teachers.  He has taught side-by-side several top instructors including Keith Lyford in Scottsdale and in New England before being hired to work at the McGetrick Golf Academy. He has also taught clinics with other Top 100 Teachers and regularly gives presentations to other coaches around the country.


Trent grew up with the game and has an uncle who played on the Tour with the legends of the game. As a young golfer, Trent played a lot of competitive junior golf and continues to play in Colo PGA Section Professional events. He works with players of all ability levels and spends his time equally between Adults and Juniors many who are considered the state’s top amateurs, juniors and mini-tour players. With over 120 students playing or having played college golf, he is the most sought-after junior coach in the region. 

Trent regularly leads instructional seminars for other PGA members and consistently volunteers his time for junior golf in Colorado. He is a Certified Golf Coach certified by Dr. Rick Jensen, who is a very well-respected sports psychologist. In addition to being an honored PGA member and teacher, Wearner has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, both locally and nationally, which you can see below. 

  • Top 100 Teacher in America by Golf Magazine
  • #1 Rated Teacher in Colorado (Golf Digest)
  • Top 25 Master Elite Junior Golf Coaches in the U.S.
  • Three-Time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Two-Time Colorado PGA Adult Player Development Award Winner
  • Two-Time Colorado PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner
  • Top 20 Best Young Teachers in America (Golf Digest)
  • Top 50 Kids Teacher in America (U.S. Kids Golf)
  • Top Teacher in Southwestern U.S. (GOLF Magazine)
  • Best Golf Teacher in State List (Golf Digest)
  • No.52 Golf Tip in the History of the Golf Channel
  • Author of popular practice book Golf Scrimmages
  • “Golf@Altitude” TV Show Instructor (Altitude Sports TV)

Maggie Hartman coaches at Legacy Ridge, Walnut Creek and in the winter at our Golf Life Indoor Center. Maggie brings years of extensive experience, passion, sincerity, and a significant positive culture to the learning environment and to each golfer she coaches.

Born and raised in Denver, Maggie discovered her own passion and began her dedication to teaching and growing the game of golf over 15 years ago. She is one of only a number of PGA Professionals who are Certified in Player Development. She has been fortunate to be taught, mentored and influenced by many of Colorado’s best golf instructors and professionals, many of whom are recognized by the PGA and named to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.  Maggie chose the University of Colorado Colorado Springs PGA Professional Golf Management to set her direction of becoming a respected PGA teaching professional. Maggie’s impressive professional experiences encompass coaching golfers in a wide range of settings from public, private and resort golf courses, which include her coaching all levels of private, group, team and clinic lessons.   



She has coached many successful programs in Colorado such as PGA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), MSU Denver Women’s Golf Team, Denver East High Men’s and Women’s Programs, The National Golf Foundation’s Welcome2Golf, and Colorado Golf Assiciation’s Outreach Programs consisting of Special Olympics, Golf in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Children’s Hospital Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health as well as PGA Junior League, The First Tee and a National Life Skills and Leadership Academy. Maggie strives to meet the needs of all players through improvement and enjoyment of the game of golf. Juniors and adults who want to improve their skills with the help of Maggie will enjoy her kindness and respected coaching style. 

Maggie enjoys time with her family and friends, the fun of Colorado’s outdoors and recreation and her puppy, Murphy.

  • Operation 36 Certified
  • Vision54 Certified Coach
  • PGA Youth Safety Advocate
  • US Kids Golf Instructor
  • PGA Adaptive Golf Certified
  • The First Tee National Coach
  • Positive Coaching Alliance – Double Goal Coach
  • CGA Women’s Golf Summit Fitness Presenter
  • NGF Golf Business Symposium Presenter
  • Hank Haney Academy Attendee
  • Colorado Special Olympics Certified Coach
  • Colorado PGA Committee Member

Dana Smith coaches at our Walnut Creek and Legacy Ridge locations and has spent the last 35 years passionately dedicated to each student and their improvement. He’s been a longtime teacher in Colorado who has also worked with many of the best coaches in the country.

Motivated by the mission to create an atmosphere of self-guided discovery and allowing each student, through diligent coaching, a clear understanding and practice, to enjoy the awesome journey of fulfilling their goals. Dana has written articles for Golf Digest, Golf Tips, Golf Illustrated and Avid Golfer and has been a Best Teacher in State by Golf Digest.


Dana was a founding player-member of the Golden State Tour early in his career and has been the Director of Instruction at two Top 10 Golf Schools – the Stratton Golf School and the McGetrick Golf Academy. He’s spent time working side-by-side Mike McGetrick helping the games of Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Meg Mallon, Betsy King, Beth Daniel and Lauri Merten.

He was also the Director of the non- profit Park Hill Junior Golf Academy here in Denver. More recently Dana has been teaching in Tahoe in the summers at Old Greenwood and at Los Caballeros in Arizona in the winters. He and Trent have worked together in the past where they developed a great golf academy here in Denver.

  • Best Teacher in State by Golf Digest
  • Written dozens of published articles
  • Spent time with LPGA Hall of Famers
  • Coached and caddied on the LPGA European Tour
  • Director of Instruction at the country’s Top Academies
  • Customer service oriented and friend to many!

“It is so wonderful to have Dana on our team. Before coaching in Tahoe and Arizona, Dana was a staple here in Colorado known as one of the Best Teachers in State and well deserving of his work with students of all ability levels. We are so fortunate to have him as part of our dedicated team!” – Trent Wearner

Chris Melendez coaches at our Walnut Creek and Golf Life Indoor Center locations.  He has a phenomenal track record helping players of all ability levels truly develop and he has a knack for fitting clubs too.  We’re lucky to have him as he’s so versatile and does a great job for us with both adults and juniors.

Chris Melendez has been known by his peers as one of the most respected coaches in Colorado.  He has somewhat slid under the radar with golfers looking to improve, but not any longer!  His students have known him to be a hidden gem and we’re so lucky to have him as part of our coaching staff.  He has offered great programs and private coaching for both adults and juniors through the years.  Some of his juniors have won the high school state championship and he’s coached several teams to a title win as well.  He’s been teaching in Colorado for over 10 years and we’re so fortunate to have Chris as part of our elite coaching staff.  He is a CU grad with a degree in Psychology which obviously comes in handy with the game of golf.



His continuing education includes certifications by many of the best programs.  They include Wedge Matrix by world-renowned short game coach James Ridyard, Trackman University, First Tee Training, and Swing Catalyst to name a few.  He is also a Master club-fitter who has been fitting for an extensive amount of time.  Chris’s experience and his success as a golf coach to people of all ages and abilities makes him a wonderful fit here at Trent Wearner Golf.  As an expert coach and club fitter, who has been through numerous certification programs, Chris knows his way around technology and utilizes it to help his students excel.  Chris’s calm demeanor, great communication skills and ability to properly guide a student to better golf are things that we look for in a coach.  He is a great addition to our coaching staff and we’re sure you’ll benefit from him as your coach at Murphy Creek Golf Course.  When Chris isn’t coaching golfers, you can find him on a river wetting a line with his dog by his side.

  • Trackman University certification
  • First Tee Certification
  • U.S. Kids Golf certified
  • Wedge Matrix certification
  • Swing Catalyst Level I certified
  • Positive Coaching Alliance certification
  • Master Club Fitter
  • CPR and First-Aid (bi-annual)

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Chris as part of our team.  His genuine love of coaching and passion for helping golfers improve is evident with every person he works with.  His demeanor and easy-going personality make for a perfect coach.”  – Trent Wearner

Ashley Tait coaches at Meadow Hills Golf Course and Turkey Creek Indoor Center in Morrison and is one of the most respected players Colorado has ever had. Pair that we her tremendous coaching talent and background, and you have yourself a very well-rounded teacher/coach.

Ashley was born and raised in Colorado. She had a stellar junior career thanks to an early start, a PGA father, and lots of time practicing and playing. She had a great college golf career and has also played professionally.  She is a PGA and LPGA Member and previously spent time instructing at two courses in Colorado as well as coaching girls teams at Columbine and Mullen High Schools. Most recently, Ashley has been teaching at Baltimore CC where she oversaw the Player Development Programs for both adults and juniors.



Ashley competed in the Junior World, U.S. Girls Junior Championship, U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, U.S. Women’s Amateur, AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, and won the CJGA Junior and Women’s Stroke Play Championships. She played her high school golf at Mullen, where she won three individual state championships. Ashley went on to play collegiately at Tulane University and transferred to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington after Hurricane Katrina. She had a successful athletic and academic college career; her highest honors being her win at Conference Championships her first year at UNCW and the 2008 CAA Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year.

  • Turned professional in 2010
  • Trackman University certified
  • GOLFFOREVER Ambassador
  • Mullen High School Hall of Fame
  • Played on the LPGA Epson Tour
  • Qualified to play in the KPMG in 2022
  • Played college golf at Tulane and UNC-Wilmington
  • Winner of 3 individual state championships

“We are terribly excited to have Ashley as part of our staff. She has a perfect attitude and shows enormous passion for teaching and coaching. Our academy and students will benefit greatly from her approach and love of the game.”  – Trent Wearner

Travis heads up our Junior and Adult programs at Meadow Hills. He comes to us having worked with one of our other amazing coaches, Ashley Tait, both who have great teaching and playing backgrounds

A Colorado native, he played high school golf at Columbine High School and college golf at Colorado State University – Pueblo. He also played professionally for 12 years with 3 years on the Gateway Tour in Arizona as well as several PGA Section events and is a 4x winner.



Teaching is his passion and he’s very easy-going and likes to structure lessons around understanding students’ preferred method of learning to ensure they are successful. He’ll make sure every junior and adult feels comfortable and will make each session fun and productive.

  • RMAC Champion for CSU-Pueblo
  • Division II College Golf All-American Team
  • Three-time DII National Qualifier
  • Colorado PGA Associate Player of the Year
  • Former teacher and asst professional at Raccoon Creek
  • Former teacher and head professional and The Pinery CC

Erin is widely known in Colorado as an amazing coach and we’re so fortunate to have her on our team going forward.  You’ll find her at Walnut Creek this year where she’s already known as a respected teacher.

She learned from her father who was recently inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame for his work with golfers, so you know you’re in great hands with Erin. 



She has worked in several capacities in the golf business including being the first Colorado PGA Junior Golf Director, an Assistant Professional, and Player Development Director.  She has a nice following of students and will also be doing several group clinics for us this year.  She’ll be sharing her talents with the City of Westminster as she’s also a Recreation Supervisor. 

  • PGA Member for 20 years
  • Certified in Player Development and Golf Operations
  • Athletic Development Model Certified
  • US Kids Golf Certified
  • 2-Time Colorado PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner
  • National PGA Award nominee for Player Development
  • Eisenhower Evans Scholar and CU Alum
  • Player and assistant coach for CU Women’s Golf Team

Jerry Walters coaches putting for us at Meadow Hills and does putting clinics at Legacy Ridge and Walnut Creek.  He is a fixture in the Colorado golf landscape. He has been with us for nearly a decade working on people’s putting strokes and he’s had a longstanding golf radio show that has earned him two Colorado PGA Section Awards.

He is the boys’ golf coach for South High School and has had a popular golf radio show in Colorado for close to thirty years. Jerry worked on the tour for years representing a putter company and also spent time with Avid Golfer Magazine. In addition to doing putting clinics with us, he spends time working for Eyeline Golf, which is a local golf training aid company. He’s been working with people on their putting and short game for over twenty years and has an easy-going style that you’re sure to enjoy.



A recent student sent this to us about Jerry:
“The cues and drills you gave me have made a dramatic
improvement! Where I feared even a 3 foot putt, now I
feel confident from 15 feet in. I’m making 20+ footers and

feel confident over every putt. Thank you for you exper-
tise. You’ve made the prospect of lower scores a reality

for me!” – Dave J.

  • Spent time on all the tours representing YES Putters
  • Numerous hours talking with the best caddies and players in the game
  • Supported and promoted the game in Colorado for three decades
  • Knowledge of all training aids and the best ones to help your stroke

“Jerry loves talking golf and helping people with their putting. He has a plethora of drills and training aids to help every person with their stroke. His casual humor will make you feel at ease and, just maybe, that light atmosphere is exactly what you need mentally and emotionally to hole more putts.”  – Trent Wearner

Coaching Philosophy

We always start by sending you a questionnaire so that we can learn as much about you, your game and your goals before the first lesson even begins. This allows us to know some history about your game and begin a plan for helping you improve. Our questionnaire is comprehensive and will spell out some things that aid in our ability to help you improve.

We do not teach the same thing to every person. People are built differently and have different goals and time to dedicate to improving. Our overall philosophy relates to (1) Improving your technique to gain better control of the ball with consistent results, (2) Developing sound practice habits that roll over to the course and also guidance on how to best practice so that you’re getting the most out of your time, and (3) Developing on-course skills like game management, self-management, key mental tactics and decision-making. This flexible philosophy addresses the needs and desires of each student as the teacher/coach adapts to your learning style. This individuality and attention to one’s overall game along with our ability to communicate on a level clear and understandable is what has made Trent Wearner Golf the most sought-after golf instruction in the region.