Journey at Pechanga instructor receives second consecutive golf education award

Earlier in September, Randy Chang, PGA director of instruction at Journey at Pechanga, receives the Teacher of the Year Award from the Southern California PGA. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Randy Chang, PGA director of instruction at Journey at Pechanga, received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Southern California PGA. It is the second consecutive year that Chang has earned the award for his dedication to golf education. Eleven of 1,700 golf professionals in the Southern California section have received an SCPGA award.

The Southern California Section of the PGA of America promotes the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and contributes to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. Chang offers programs such as Pechanga’s Tiny Tees lessons, Journey Golf Academy and Golf for Girls seasonal golf clinics, which go hand in hand with SCPGA’s mission. Chang said he is dedicated to early golf education and believes that encouraging youth’s positive habits by way of golf sets a precedent for a healthy lifestyle in the future.

“I am so humbled to be one of the very few who received a SCPGA award, and what I am even more grateful for is that the award recognized what I’m most proud of in my career… teaching,” Chang said. “My No. 1 mission in the golf industry is to spread my passion for the sport to our youth to not only inspire them to adopt healthy lifestyles, but to also teach them proper form when they’re young so that it carries on throughout whatever golf career they may have.”

Randy Chang, an instructor with Journey at Pechanga, teaches a golfer about swing technique. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Chang has more than 35 years of professional golf experience and has been recognized by the PGA and golf industry with several prestigious awards. In addition to his commitment to educating youth and adults at Journey at Pechanga and Randy Chang Golf Schools, he is also one of the Golf Channel’s Golf Academy instructors in Southern California, as well as the founder of the Aloha Academy of Golf in Hawaii.

Journey at Pechanga’s championship golf course is consistently rated among the top public courses in California. The par-72, 18-hole golf course winds across 7,219 yards. A challenging and rewarding course, it presents a range of topography – canyons, ravines, open fairways and a tee shot with a 175-foot drop. It is currently open to the public with restrictions and limited use to maintain the health and safety of guests, team members and the community.

For more information on golf instruction with Chang or Pechanga’s other golf professionals, or to learn more about Journey at Pechanga’s COVID-19 safety policies, call 951-770-8210 or visit

Submitted by Pechanga Resort and Casino.