Golf Digest 'Best Teacher in State'

Meet Derek


Derek Uyeda has been teaching golf in San Diego for 20 years, and has been Lead Golf Instructor at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar for last six years. Derek was named the Southern California Section Professional Golfers’ Association Teacher of the Year after receiving the award for the Teacher of the Year for the San Diego Chapter of the PGA. He was also aptly named among the top 35 golf instructors in California in Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers in Your State.”


  • Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Golf Digest ‘Best Teacher in State’
  • FCG Top 50 Elite Junior Coach
  • Founder of Putting Plates

Derek's Story

Derek has become an authority on the use of video swing analysis and retains an extensive video library of the best players in the game, for the past 30 or more years and is trained and certified in the use 3-D analysis, TrackMan, Flightscope and the SAM Putt Lab.

For years, Derek has been known as one of the best short game and putting experts in the world, and has recently developed, along with his partner, the Putting Plates, which are designed to assist golfers of all abilities in perfecting their aim, ball starting line and green reading. He is also developing an app called StatCaddy to assist golfers with tracking their game.

Derek is also an accomplished player and has participated in many PGA section events, as well as representing the San Diego Section PGA Chapter in the North/South Cup Matches in 2000. When not teaching or on the practice range or course, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

A word From Derek Uyeda

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