Meet Our Instructors

Carl-Van Vallier – [email protected]

Carl-Van is General Manager and Director of Operations at Olivas Links & Buenaventura GC. He has been a PGA Member since 2004 and is a San Diego Golf Academy graduate certified in teaching and club-fitting. Carl-Van has been an owner/operator of multiple retail, club-fitting, and manufacturing businesses since 1987. He is also the 2004 Northern Chapter of the Southern California PGA Club Fitter of the Year Award Winner. He helped create and served on the KemperSports Player Development Committee which implements and supports player development programs at 130 managed facilities nationwide.

Favorite Hole: #16 Olivas Links
“No matter what tee players choose to play from, this hole is a real challenge to make par let alone a birdie.”

Rob Tovias – [email protected]

Rob is the Lead Instructor at Olivas Links and a Class A member of the PGA of America.  Rob has taught golf for over 10 years and has played competitive golf for over 20 years.  He teaches all ages and every facet of the game, with an emphasis on junior golf and growing the game.  Reach out to Rob if you want to make this great game a little more fun!

Favorite Hole: #14 Olivas Links
“The longest hole on the course which often proves to be the most challenging, the par 5 14th takes 3 great golf shots to set up a birdie.  As you tee off, a stiff breeze coming off the Pacific is almost a guarantee.  The second shot gives the golfer a choice to lay up or challenge the bunkers that are 50 yards out from the elevated green.  Par is never a bad score here.”

Chris Harvey – [email protected]



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Charlie Brooks – [email protected]



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Jason Larimore – [email protected]

Jason is a PGA Associate Assistant Golf Professional and boasts three decades of playing and competing in golf.  In 2021, Jason successfully completed his players ability test and started his education requirements to earn full PGA status. Jason specializes in enhancing players’ skills in short game, putting and full swing techniques. His passion lies in teaching newcomers the joys of golf.

 Favorite Hole: #11 Olivas Links
“Great hole, a solid driver will carry the lake and leave you with 80 yards to the pin, but mostly I hit it in the water and make bogey!”