Golf Instructors

Eric Chiles, PGA 


Eric Chiles was elected for PGA Membership in January 2000 and is returning to The Chaska Town Course for his 13th season in 2020.

Eric was one of 35 Lead Instructors in the United States for ESPN Golf Schools from 2003-2009.While working with ESPN, Eric was taught instruction directly from Hank Haney and Ed Bowe and tested yearly on his teaching abilities.

Eric has an enjoyable approach to instruction and has experience with golfers of all levels, group or individual. His teaching philosophy is to make golf instruction fun and entertaining yet, productive and result oriented. Beginners to Tour players welcome!

  • Listed in Golf Digests 2018-2019 & 2019-2020 Top Teachers in the U. S.
  • 2013 Minnesota section Teacher of the Year.
  • 18th Year as a PGA Director of Instruction in the Minnesota Section.
  • Eric utilizes Trackman and V1 video software.
  • 7th Place in 2017 Minnesota PGA Section Player of the Year
  • Six career professional wins
  • Never had an official Hole in One!

Derek Helstrom, PGA

This is Derek’s 13th year teaching at the Chaska Town Course.  Derek is a graduate of The Professional Golfer’s Career College, a premier golf management school in Temecula, CA.  Derek was elected a Class A PGA Member in February 2014 and is a certified PGA HOPE Adaptive Golf Instructor.  He enjoys improving his students through the following techniques:  Goal setting, basic fundamentals, drills, flexibility and course management. 

Andrew Castle, PGA

This is Andrew’s 2nd year at the Chaska Town Course. Andrew holds a BA degree in Business with a minor in Sports Management from Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, where he competed on the golf team. Andrew was elected as a Class A PGA Member in August 2019 and has 5 years of teaching experience. His lessons focus on building solid fundamentals, improving ball flight through drills, and focusing on all areas of the game to help promote improvement and better course management.

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