About Christopher

Christopher Smith is an award-winning PGA Teaching Professional and Director of Instruction at Eugene Country Club.  He was the Lead PGA Instructor at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for 18 years, a longtime consultant with Nike, Inc. and Nike Golf, and the Guinness World Record Holder in Speedgolf (a round of 65 played in 44 minutes with just six clubs at the Chicago Speedgolf Open in 2005). Christopher is an adjunct faculty member with the PGA of America, and has been featured in articles in Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and GolfWeek. Christopher authored "I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but ‘Hit the Ball’ Ain’t One" (Crown, 2007), and created the neuroscience-based "Better Golf" audio CD.

Christopher has instructed professionally since 1988 in a wide variety of environments, both domestically and abroad. His list of students includes Tour players, professional athletes, CEO’s, top-ranked juniors – and recreational hackers. His coaching blends tools, technology and vast experience, all geared to create a learning experience that is both enjoyable and performance-based. Christopher played collegiate golf at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and later on the European Challenge Tour, before pursuing his passion for coaching and instruction. He is a graduate of the University of Utah where he holds a bachelor’s degree in French, and a minor in Russian.




Professional Accolades

  • Developer of the CS Golf Experience
  • Creator of the Train2Trust programs
  • Guinness World Record Holder in Speedgolf - 109:06 (a score of 65 played in 44 minutes, 06 seconds, carrying six clubs)
  • 2004 Pacific Northwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2003 Oregon Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Runner-Up in the 2006 Oregon Open & 2007 Northwest Open
  • Selected from 2003-2020 by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top instructors in Oregon
  • Adjunct Faculty Member with the PGA of America
  • Swoosh Elite Staff Member with Nike Golf and consultant with Nike, Inc.

More Press

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“18 Holes in 45 Minutes” from Wall Street Journal By John Paul Newport

What ‘slow’ players can learn from Christopher Smith, the world’s fastest speed golfer

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Golfweek: “Let’s play nine” by James Achenbach

Enough of the 14-club rule. I challenge all golfers to play with nine clubs.

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New Books Help Winter Fly By

Columnist Lorne Rubenstein writes “Golf is all about stories. It’s a privilege to write about the game, and, year after year, to enjoy the feast of books that writers around the globe produce”.

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Can’t Miss by Michael Ventre

MSNBC.com reviews PGA teaching professional Christopher Smith’s book “I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but ‘Hit The Ball’ Ain’t One.”

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Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine “The Need For Speed”

No limit for talented speed golfer by Jeff Shelley

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Japanese Speed Golf

Language: Japanese

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Always On the Go: A Speed Golf world-record holder, Christopher Smith stresses fast play with students

Is he a PGA Professional trapped in a runner’s body or vice versa? Smith will tell you he believes it is the former.

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InsideGolfOnline.com “Christopher Smith knows only one speed on the golf course – full speed”

Christopher Smith is a speed freak. It’s not like he races around the streets of Portland looking to race, but on the golf course, he is fast. If there is no one in front of him playing, Smith is the fastest golfer around.

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GolfWeek.com “Nine is fine”

Smith carried six clubs in October 2005, when he shot the best round in the history of speed golf – a 5-under-par 65 in 44 minutes, 6 seconds at Chicago’s Jackson Park Golf Course.

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GolfWeek.com “A Need for Speed”

In speed golf, a player runs between shots. He carries a limited number of clubs in a small bag. Divots are replaced, sand is raked, ball marks are fixed and rules are followed.

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