The Club at Creighton Farms announced today that Erika Larkin has joined as the golf club’s new Director of Instruction. Erika boasts an impressive list of accolades, including being recently named the 2015-2016 “No. 1 Teacher in Virginia” on the “Best Teachers in State” list by Golf Digest. Erika has also been on the “Top 40 Under 40 Young Teachers” list by Golf Digest every year since 2012, and was named the 2012 “Middle Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year” and “Top Golf Pro of 2011” by Washingtonian Magazine.
Erika is no stranger to Creighton Farms – she has been instrumental in the recent golf instruction program expansion at the club, which includes AimPoint Express programs, golf schools and clinics, year-long improvement classes, and significant use of technology and training aids. To have Erika join the Creighton Farms team as their Director of Instruction was a natural next step.
“Erika is an outstanding golfer and instructor, and we feel very fortunate to have her as part of the Creighton Farms team,” said Rob Kohlhaas, General Manager. “Our membership will benefit tremendously from her positive attitude and skilled instruction.”
Erika is originally from Queens, N.Y. and started playing pitch and putt at the age of eight. She was self-taught until age 15, when she met PGA Professional Frank Darby. Under his mentorship, Erika went on to earn a golf scholarship to James Madison University, where she took her first steps towards the business of golf instruction. Erika became a member of the PGA in 2006 and started the Larkin Golf Learning Community at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., where she gained national exposure for her teaching. She is also a contributor to Golf Digest and occasionally appears on the Golf Channel.
“I look forward to starting this new chapter of instruction and golf at the Club at Creighton Farms,” said Erika. “The membership at Creighton Farms consists of golfers of all levels, from novice and junior to advanced players. It’s exciting to work with many different levels and to build a golf instruction program that incorporates all ages, skill levels and the newest technologies available to enhance players’ abilities. Plus, this is truly an incredible club with a remarkable course – I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Erika lives in Gainesville with her two children and husband Mike.