Dave La Fata embraces the teaching philosophy of ball flight correction through swing plane adjustment. This teaching strategy allows each student to identify and correct the flight of his or her golf ball through correct swing plane adjustments. Dave believes in hands on golf instruction. By moving each of his students through the correct positions, students will become aware of how to properly alter the shape of their swing, allowing a more consistent, repeatable ball flight. In addition, Dave believes in the positive influence of a correct pitching technique. Students will learn the benefits of a proper pitching technique and how it promotes a proper impact position.

Professional Highlights

The Golf Academy at Toiyabe Golf Club led by Dave La Fata offers you the unique opportunity to improve every aspect of your golf game. We offer private one-on-one instruction or group instruction, in our one and two day golf schools.

1996PGA Member
1994-1998Head Golf Professional Catalina Island Golf Club
2000Tommy Armour Teaching Summit
2000-2005Director of Golf Instruction The Golf Courses at Incline Village
2005-PresentDirector of Instruction Toiyabe Golf Club
7 Time Attendee Hank Haney Teach The Teacher


All instruction is conducted outside during the summer season or in our state-of-the-art Learning Center during off season winter months. Our Learning Center allows our instructors to utilize the latest in video technology to provide the student with the ability to see their swing as it is being analyzed. Please contact the Golf Shop for instruction fees more information. 775-884-4597.


Junior Clinics every Saturday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. June through August
Clinic cost:$10 for Members, $15 for Non-Members

Three Junior Camps for children ages 4-15 June through August

Contact the Golf Shop for more information regarding our junior programs.

PGA Junior League (PGA JLG) is designed to bring a “Little League” atmosphere to the game of golf. With teams of boys and girls, age 13 and under, PGA JLG provides a structured league environment for young golfers to compete and have fun. This is a great way to get, and keep, kids involved in the game. Contact the Golf Shop for more information on how to get your junior involved.


Dave La Fata
Head Golf Professional/Director of Instruction
Toiyabe Golf Club
19 Lightning W Ranch Road
Washoe Valley, NV 89704