Joe Buttitta
 
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Joe Buttitta
Class A PGA Professional

(805) 208-1467
igolfsopaw@roadrunner.com

 
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Joe Buttitta has been active in Southern California sports and media for more than 25 years, and is a man who wears a variety of hats in his many community-based activities. The latest hat he is wearing these days is that of a PGA Professional golfer. He teaches both NATURAL GOLF and conventional golf at Westlake Golf Course in Westlake Village.

Buttitta also has experience in radio, television, newspapers and magazines. After nearly a decade as sports director at KGIL-Radio in the San Fernando Valley, he entered television as the director of sports at KTLA, Channel 5, in Los Angeles, where he was the nightly sports anchor and called the play-by-play for the California Angels major league baseball team, as well as UCLA football and basketball.

While at KTLA he won an Emmy and a Golden Mike for his work, along with awards from the Associated Press and United Press International. He has also reported sports on channels 9, 11 and 13 in the Los Angeles market. While at Channel 11 he covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Buttitta, a Notre Dame High School/Cal State Northridge graduate, is currently a PGA Teaching Professional at Westlake Golf Course. He has been a Class-A member of the PGA for eight years and has written golf for Executive Golfer Magazine, Golf World Magazine, and Natural Golfer Magazine. For 23 years his by-line appeared in the L.A. Daily News as its golf columnist. During the summer of 1995 he served as the host of “Talkin’ Golf”, a live call-in show on XTRA-Sports 690, an all-sports radio station in Southern California. The show was produced by the Southern California PGA.

“Teaching Natural Golf has revitalized my teaching career,” says Buttitta, who has been teaching the Moe Norman-inspired swing for eight years. He estimates that 90-95 percent of his students are Natural Golfers. “The Natural Golf method is easier to explain and understand, therefore easier to teach to everyday players who just love to play this game. It’s the most logical way I know to hit a golf ball off the ground with a stick. Teaching is fun again!!”

Buttitta currently makes his home in Simi Valley with his wife, Teri, and young son, Joey, who is a student/athlete at Royal High School. Two older children, Deborah and Anthony, are out in the world working on careers in family counseling and as a television news cameraman, respectively.

 
 


 

 
Achievements  
   
 
  • Class-A Member, PGA of America
  • Member, PGA Advisory Committee
  • Los Angeles News Media Champion, 1973, 1977
  • Inducted into CSUN Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Golf Columnist, L.A. Daily News for 23 years
  • Wrote/Produced "Eye on Golf", Westar Entertainment
  • Wrote/Produced "For Juniors Only", SoCal Golf Assn.
  • Asst. Golf Coach, CSUN, 1975-1979
 
 

 

 
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Private Lessons

  • 1/2 hour lesson - $40.00
  • 1 hour lesson - $80.00
  • Six - 1/2 hour lesson series - $200.00

Group Lessons

  • 3-6 Students
    Six - 1 hour lessons - $125.00 each

Junior Lessons

  • 1/2 hour lesson - $40.00
  • Six - 1/2 hour lesson series - $200.00

Playing Lessons

  • 9 holes - $150.00

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