Meet our instructors

Golf Shop: 805.677.6770

Carl-Van Vallier

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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 currently serves as a member of the KemperSports Player Development Committee which implements and supports player development programs at 130 managed facilities nationwide.

Favorite Golf 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

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Rob is a graduate of UCSB and is a Class A member of the PGA. Rob has been employed at Buenaventura GC and Olivas Links since 2003 and was promoted to Assistant Golf Professional in 2012 after completing college. He is a Certified Titleist Club Fitting Professional.

Favorite Golf Hole: #4 Torrey Pines South
“Beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean with challenging tee and approach shots.”