About Charley

Born and raised in Poway, CA, just a little north of San Diego, Charley began golfing at the age of seven with his friend Bill Lunde’s grandfather, who used to call and send him notes of encouragement until he recently passed away.  He grew up playing out Stone Ridge Country Club in Poway, where his parents and brother’s family are still members.

Charley grew up playing San Diego Jr. Golf.  The San Diego Junior Golf Association (SDJGA) is one of the best junior golf programs in the country.  He followed behind such greats as Craig Stadler, Phil Mickleson and Chris Riley.  He grew up battling with fellow PGA Tour player Pat Perez.

Charley played golf for Poway High School under Coach Bob Champion.  He became the first two-time California State High School Champion in both 1994 and 1995.  He qualified three times as an amateur for the Buick Invitational, the PGA Tour Event in San Diego.  At the time, he was the youngest golfer at the age of 16 to qualify for that tournament.  Two years later, he went on to make the cut at the age of 18.  Recruiters from several schools came out to watch Charley, but after a visit with the UNLV team, he decided to become a Running Rebel.

Golf was not the only sport Charley played growing up.  Actually, his favorite sport as a kid was baseball. He was also part of a traveling soccer team and went on to play soccer in high school in addition to golf.  In fact, Charley remains close friends with many of the guys he played youth soccer with over the years.  In his free time, Charley also loved skateboarding, skiing and going to the beach.


Charley played at UNLV under Coach Dwaine Knight and was a member of the 1998 NCAA Championship team. He received an Honorable Mention All-American in 1998. While at UNLV his teammates included Chris Riley, Chad Campbell, Bill Lunde, Adam Scott, Jeremy Anderson and many other great golfers.

Charley graduated from UNLV in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.


Charley Hoffman 2018 Bio