Eric Chiles, PGA

Eric Chiles is a certified PGA professional

Our instructors are Class A PGA Members

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

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 2017-2018 Top Teachers in the U. S.
  • Coach/Caddie for Clayton Rask T63 in 2014 US Open at Pinehurst OWGR 386
  • 2013 Minnesota Section Teacher of the Year.
  • 19th Year as a PGA Director of Instruction in the Minnesota Section.
  • Eric utilizes a Trackman 3e and V1 video software.
  • 2018 Top 5 Minnesota State Open / MN PGA Player of the Year - 9th place 
  • Six career professional wins
  • Inventor/Owner of The Chiliwacker Training Aid

Derek Helstrom, PGA

This is Derek's 12th year 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 has 12 years of teaching experience. He enjoys improving his students through the following techniques: Goal setting, basic fundamentals, drills, flexibility and course management.


Andrew Castle, PGA Apprentice 

This is Andrew’s 1st year at the Chaska Town Course. Andrew holds a BA degree in Business with a minor in Sports Management from ClarkeUniversity in Dubuque, IA, where he competed on the golf team. Andrew is currently working through the PGA PGM Program and has 4 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.