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Welcome to ELEVATE Golf Academy

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About ELEVATE Golf Academy

Golf brings people together from all walks of life. Join us at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland to experience an inclusive environment and to make connections through the great game of golf!

ELEVATE Golf Academy fosters learning and welcomes everyone to play. We actively collaborate with organizations that support underserved communities. Learning the game of golf is a lifetime process and we seek to provide a safe environment for all. ELEVATE your game with us!






Non-profit, schools, churches, and community organizations: please contact us directly!


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  • Gene Bakkum

    Gene Bakkum

    Co-Director of Instruction

    Gene is a Class "A" PGA Professional who has been on the coaching staff for the UC Berkeley Men's Golf team since 2002. In 2004 he helped lead the Golden Bears to their first NCAA National Championship in school history. More recently, he’s helped players on the Cal Men’s Golf Team (currently #1 ranked team in the country) win back-to-back Pac-12 team titles, back-to-back Regional team titles, back-to-back semifinalists at the NCAA Championship, and an NCAA record 12 wins in a season (2012-13). He has worked with one of the top players on the team to be ranked #1 in the country individually.

    In addition, Gene is a Level 3 TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified Golf Instructor, giving him a broad base of experience and knowledge to help his players achieve the most out of their games.

    Since 1996, Gene has directed and instructed at NIKE Junior Golf Camps in Pebble Beach, San Diego, Davis, Lincoln, and Phoenix, AZ, as well as, PGA Tour Academy camps at Metropolitan Golf Links.

    During his college golf career, Gene won two conference tournaments as an individual and, while assistant coaching at his alma mater, helped the Aggies reach the #1 ranking in the country for DII Men's Golf. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from UC Davis in Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. High-speed video and dual-camera V1 video analysis are available for use during lessons and coaching programs.


    Visit www.genebakkumgolf.com for information on coaching programs for adults and juniors, as well as, private lessons, and rate information.

    Contact Information:

    Phone: (510) 219-2823
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  • Howard Oliver

    Howard Oliver

    Howard is a product of Oakland, California and Bay Area junior golf. His love of the game was fostered by legendary figures: Reola L. Freeman, Gene Mixon, Ira Fair, and Winslow “Woody” Woodard to name a few. He played high school and college golf locally for St. Joseph’s Notre Dame High School, Alameda and Cal-State Hayward. Upon graduation, Howard ventured to pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer and moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Long known to be the PGA/LPGA Tour’s West Coast proving ground, it was here he learned the intricacies of the game at the world-class level. He worked with, trained, and competed against highly touted amateurs and professionals from all over the globe. He served as the beta for the SwingPlex golf fitness program. Howard competed in the 2015 USGA Mid-Amateur Golf Tournament. Howard is eager and inspired to help players discover their love of the game. Coach Howard is in his 8th season as Head Coach of the Piedmont High School varsity boy's and girl's teams.

    Phone: (510) 955-4653
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