Rick Zarlengo

Director of Instruction • (703) 608-4653 • Emailzaredit

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Born in Denver, Rick Zarlengo attended the University of Colorado.  He started his professional golf career in 1977.  A successful and recognized Class A PGA member, his experience: educating over 38,000 golfers of all skill levels including all 4 major tours, managing golf operations, starting and operating golf schools, and marketing and promoting a variety of golf enterprises, have all significantly developed his in-depth knowledge of ‘The Game.’  Rick was the winner of the 1986 Rocky Mountain Open, he has played on the PGA, Australian and New Zealand Tours, and holds course records at Applewood Golf Club, Englewood Golf Club, Riverdale Golf Club the Dunes Course, all located in Colorado.  In the summer of 2000, he was recruited with the opportunity of coming to Virginia and has enjoyed the area since.

Rick enjoys playing music, tennis, outdoors photography, art, and the occasional fishing trip.  He works part-time at the Potomac Mills Wegman’s learning the sport of wine. A former member of the Board of Directors of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, formerly on the Maricopa County Elections Voting Board, he has also done volunteer work for the Wounded Warriors, First Tee, Arizona Special Olympics, Phoenix Outreach Homeless Shelter, Habitat Homes, AASK, SERVE, C.A.S.A., United Blood Services, Nevada Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and various other causes.

Rick has attended many national, sectional and notable teaching workshops, seminars, or PGA Teaching & Coaching Summits. He was fortunate to be a guest speaker at the annual GOLF 20/20 Summit in November 2004 in St. Augustine, Florida.  Rick spoke on the value of instruction as it relates to growth of the game and golfer retention issues.  He also spoke of the methods and principles we developed and used in the Deane Beman 6/90 Golf Schools.  It is his understanding that he is the first PGA professional to speak regarding instruction in this forum.


  • Presidents Council of the PGA for work in the area of Growth of the Game for 2004-2010
  • 2011 Named to Top 100 Performers in the PGA Grow the Game program.
  • 2010, 2012 Top 100 Club fitters conference – San Antonio, TX and Cancun, Mexico
  • Nominated for Junior Golf Leader in the Northern California Section in 2000.


I started taking lessons with Rick Zarlengo in December 2015.  Zar helped me simplify my golf swing to really increase my shot consistency. Since taking lessons I have shot rounds of 76 and 75 tying my career best score.  Prior to starting my lessons, my shots were unpredictable . . . some left, some right, some straight . . . draws, fades . . . I had it all but no idea which one was coming.  Since starting the lessons, I have been able to develop a consistent fade with a much higher ball flight without losing any distance.  Golf is a much easier game when you know where the ball is going!  Zar’s teaching style focuses on the fundamentals with easy to understand explanations of what you need to improve your game.  I look forward to completing my lessons this spring and having my best season ever!  That career 75 is going to get broken this year!

Additionally, Zar has been working with my 10 year old son the last couple years in the Junior PGA League and this winter with private lessons.  Zar does a great job working with the kids, keeps the game fun, and starts them off with the key fundamentals. I can see great improvement in my son’s game over the last couple of years and look forward to watching him play again this spring.  It won’t be long before he starts beating his Dad!

Mike Wittman


I shot 8 over after your lesson at the end of June. I'm playing to a 10 handicap.
I'm crushing the ball! Thanks!

Gerard Polchinski