The 177 most talented, young instructors in golf: Golf Digest’s new Best Young Teachers list


Perhaps it’s a reflection of golf’s youth movement or a new spike in the game’s popularity, but whatever the reason, we believe there are more talented golf instructors under the age of 40 than ever before. Back in 2008, when we debuted our biennial list, we identified 20 teachers in their 20s and 30s who were worthy of national recognition. Our latest group of award winners stands at 177. It’s a diverse group, and a creative one, too. We challenged our winners to provide an “original” golf tip, and their response was impressive. Hopefully you’ll learn a few things from them. These are Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America.


Knickerbocker C.C., Tenafly, N.J.

Springdale G.C., Princeton, N.J.

Hamilton Farm G.C., Gladstone, N.J.

Tashua Knolls G. Cse., Trumbull, Conn.

Saucon Valley C.C., Bethlehem, Pa.

Rolling Green G.C., Springfield, Pa.

Earl Cooper Golf at Union League G.C., Torresdale, Philadelphia

The Bridge G.C., Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Rolling Green G.C., Springfield, Pa.

Trump G. Links at Ferry Point, New York City

Northeast Performance Institute, Portland, Conn.

Holly Ridge G.C., Sandwich, Mass.

Ridgewood C.C., Danbury, Conn.

Quaker Ridge G.C., Scarsdale, N.Y.

GolfTec Woodbridge, Metuchen, N.J.

Plainfield C.C., Edison, N.J.

Sankaty Head G.C., Siasconset, Mass.

Chester Valley G.C., Malvern, Pa.

Pure Drive Golf, Woburn, Mass.

Nemacolin Resort, Farmington, Pa.

Brae Burn C.C., West Newton, Mass.

Roxiticus G.C., Mendham, N.J.

The Golf Performance Center, Ridgefield, Conn.

Liberty National G.C., Jersey City, N.J.

Wentworth by the Sea C.C., Rye, N.H.

Forsgate C.C., Monroe Township, N.J.

On Course Golf Academy, New Durham, N.H.

Westchester C.C., Rye, N.Y.

Sebonack G.C., Southampton, N.Y.

Woodcrest C.C., Cherry Hill, N.J.

The Bridge Golf Harlem Learning Center, New York City

Burlington C.C., Mount Holly, N.J.

DiJulia Golf, New Hope, Pa.

Rossi Golf Center, Exton, Pa.

The Stanwich C., Greenwich, Conn.

(* indicates the instructor is new to the list)

Bayville G.C., Virginia Beach, Va.

Baltimore C.C., Lutherville, Md.

Golf House Tennessee, Franklin

Westwood C.C., Vienna, Va.

Troubadour G. & Field Club, College Grove, Tenn.

Mitchell Moore Golf Academy, Hopkinsville, Ky.

TPC Potomac (Md.) at Avenel Farm

Salisbury C.C., Midlothian, Va.

Westhaven G.C., Franklin, Tenn.

Congressional C.C., Bethesda, Md.

Lowcountry Lessons at Patriots Point Links, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The G.C. at Lansdowne, Leesburg, Va.

Marc Lapointe Golf Academy, Fort Mill, S.C.

Northstone C.C., Huntersville, N.C.

The Golf Academy at Persimmon Ridge, Louisville

High Performance Golf Academy, Nicholasville, Ky.

Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

Cove Cay G.C., Clearwater, Fla.

La Gorce C.C., Miami Beach

The C.C. of Birmingham (Ala.)

Bonita Bay C., Bonita Springs, Fla.

Bonita Bay C., Bonita Springs, Fla.

The G.C. at South Hampton, St. Augustine, Fla.

The Club at Savannah Quarters, Pooler, Ga.

Rick Smith Golf Performance Center, Doral, Fla.

Steven DeBoer Golf Academy, Hanceville, Ala.

Matt DeJohn Golf Academy, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach

West Bay C., Estero, Fla.

Shadow Wood C.C., Bonita Springs, Fla.

Wilderness C.C., Naples, Fla.

Nick Duffy Golf at Orange County National Golf Center, Winter Garden, Fla.

Jim McLean Golf School Biltmore Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

The Leadbetter Golf Academy, Acworth, Ga.

Frederica G.C., St. Simons Island, Ga.

PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach

GolfTec Carrollwood, Tampa, Fla.

Orange County National Golf Center, Winter Garden, Fla.

Jim McLean Golf School Biltmore Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

The Concession G.C., Bradenton, Fla.

The Leadbetter Golf Academy ChampionsGate, Fla.

Celebration (Fla.) Golf Academy

Quail West G. & C.C., Naples, Fla.

John Webster Golf Academy at The Breakers, Palm Beach

Jim McLean Golf School Biltmore Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

The Leadbetter Golf Academy, ChampionsGate, Fla.

Naples (Fla.) National G.C.

Jim McLean Golf School at Miami Beach G.C.

Pelican G.C., Belleair, Fla.

PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach

Cuscowilla G.C., Eatonton, Ga.

Jim McLean Golf School at Miami Beach G.C.

Atlantic Beach (Fla.) C.C.

Jim McLean Golf School Biltmore Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

Royal Melbourne C.C., Long Grove, Ill.

Cantigny G., Wheaton, Ill.

Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn.

The Meadows G. Cse., Allendale, Mich.

Westmoor C.C., Brookfield, Wis.

Skokie C.C., Glencoe, Ill.

C.C. of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

Deerpath G. Cse., Lake Forest, Ill.

Falcon Ridge G.C., Lenexa, Kan.

Muirfield Village G.C., Dublin, Ohio

The Golf Room, Dublin, Ohio

Sykes/Lady Overland Park (Kan.) G. Cse.

TPS Player Service, Naperville, Ill.

Keller G. Cse., Maplewood, Minn.

Ruth Lake C.C., Hinsdale, Ill.

Lake Shore C.C., Glencoe, Ill.

Legacy Golf Performance Center, Phoenix

Dallas C.C., Highland Park, Texas

Mike Bury Golf Academy, Dallas

Maridoe G.C., Carrollton, Texas

Altus Performance, The Colony, Texas

GolfTec The Woodlands (Texas)

Axis Golf Academy and Fitting Center, Cypress, Texas

JPK Golf Instruction, Scottsdale

Forest Highlands G.C., Flagstaff , Ariz.

The Westin Kierland G.C., Scottsdale

Altus Performance, The Colony, Texas

Altus Performance at Trinity Forest G.C., Dallas

Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge, Lewisville, Texas

Superstition Mountain C.C., Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Desert Mountain C., Scottsdale

Tour Striker Golf Academy at The Raven G.C., Phoenix

America Golf Academy at Paradise Valley G. Cse., Phoenix

Starfire G.C., Scottsdale

Southern Hills C.C., Tulsa

Jeff Isler Golf, Southlake, Texas

Red Hawk G.C., Las Cruces, N.M.

Denton C.C., Argyle, Texas

Desert Mountain C., Scottsdale

Golf Performance Group at Northgate C.C., Houston

Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute, Carlsbad, Calif.

Meadow Springs C.C., Richland, Wash.

PGA West Golf Academy, La Quinta, Calif.

Rolling Hills C.C., Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Will Robins Golf, Folsom, Calif.

Twin Lakes G. Cse., Goleta, Calif.

Alison Curdt Golf at Wood Ranch G.C., Simi Valley, Calif.

Brentwood C.C., Los Angeles

Experience Golf at Common Ground G. Cse., Aurora, Colo.

La Rinconada C.C., Los Gatos, Calif.

Balboa G. Cse., Encino, Calif.

Jon Horner Golf Academy at CordeValle, San Martin, Calif.

Langdon Farms G.C., Aurora, Ore.

Callaway Golf, Carlsbad, Calif.

Maderas Golf Academy, Poway, Calif.

Erin Menath Golf, Redmond, Wash.

GolfTec Westminster (Colo.)

The Club at 3 Creek, Jackson, Wyo.

GolfTec Headquarters, Englewood, Colo.

Rock Creek Cattle Company, Deer Lodge, Mont.

Aviara Golf Academy, Carlsbad, Calif.

Aviara Golf Academy, Carlsbad, Calif.

Ko Olina Golf Academy, Kapolei, Hawaii

GolfTec Headquarters, Englewood, Colo.

Southern Highlands G.C., Las Vegas

Rick Smith Golf Academy, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

The Los Angeles (Calif.) C.C.

California State University, Northridge

Henry Brunton Golf Academy at Strawberry Farms, Irvine, Calif.

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