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Private/Small Group - Golf Instruction Referrals

Golf Instructors: IRGF Player’s Club

Indian River Golf Foundation

As youth players advance in the game and set new goals in their development, they are encouraged by the IRGF Player’s Club to continue with PRIVATE and/or SMALL GROUP golf instruction.

When seeking teaching professionals who may be the best possible choice, the IRGF advises you to look at current & former After School Golf Instructors.

Tips for Choosing a Golf Instructor

Consider Your Experience

When choosing a golf instructor, first determine your own skill level. Once you know where you are, you can figure out where you want to go. Choosing the right instructor for your skill level is especially important. If you are a beginner, for instance, you may not want to hire Tiger Woods’ golf coach.

Golf Coaches for Pro Players

Golf Coaches for pros are much different than coaches for beginners. They have developed a specialized teaching approach that applies to professional golfers. Coaches for golf pros will pinpoint the fine details of a golfer’s swing. They won’t be dealing with basics and are rarely going to be making any major changes to a golfer’s swing. After all, any professional golfer is already a great player. What they are looking for are those subtle improvements that add up over time. Plus, if a coach is being hired by professionals, you can bet they will cost a lot of money!

Choosing Golf Coaches for New Players

A beginning golfer has many different needs. This usually means they need a much different coach. They need someone to help them with the fundamentals – how to grip the club, where to place the ball etc… A coach that focuses on new players is going to have the experience to help with these issues. In fact, they may even have more experience teaching beginners than the pro’s coaches!
Experience is everything when it comes to teaching. Instructors will have learned what works and what doesn’t through experience. Anyone can pick up a book and read information, it’s the time spent with players that makes the difference.


Personality is also important when choosing a golf instructor. Different teachers have different styles. It’s not a matter of better or worse, it’s about deciding what works for you. Some players want their instructor to push them to the limits. They crave the challenge, and that is what drives them.
Other players may consider choosing a golf instructor who is more easy-going. Again, this isn’t about better or worse, it’s what’s right for you. If you find yourself discouraged while playing or learning golf, this may be a better choice. An instructor who is both motivating and encouraging will keep you from giving up.

Choosing a Golf Instructor from IRGF

No matter what type of player you are, or your experience level, we can help. Indian River Golf Foundation has a large network of golf instructors to choose from. If you need help choosing a golf instructor, contact us and we can help you get started.
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Choosing a Golf Instructor
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After School Golf Instructors:

John Vermeere
IRGF Lead Instructor
(503) 709-9485

John Wilkinson
IRGF Lead Instructor
(772) 713-9593

Roger Van Dyke
PGA Life Master Professional
(772) 713-9593

Members Of IRGF Player's Club Golf Instructors:

Bela Nagy
Sandridge Golf Club
(772) 770-5003

Steve Hanlon
John’s Island Club
(772) 231-1700

Joe Kern
The Moorings at Hawk’s Nest
VBHS Girl’s Varsity Golf Coach
(772) 633-0337

Mark Cammarene
Fairwinds GC. – VBHS Boy’s Golf Coach
(772) 473-0394

Matt Hill
Sebastian Golf Course
(772) 321-4624

Larry Hanch
Sandridge Golf Club
(772) 633-8649

Sal Spallone
Quail Valley Golf Club
(772) 559-0478

Travis Stoelting
Meadowood Country Club
(772) 332-4717

Kendall Hedgecock
Sandridge Golf Club
(772) 453-9584

Wes Lilliquist
Vero Beach Country Club
(772) 567-3320

Kim Gardner
The Moorings Club
(772) 285-0177

Note:  Remember to ask if they give Small Group Instruction in addition to Private Golf Instruction.

Please advise the IRGF if there are additional golf instructors who should be added to this list.

For Additional Information or Help Choosing a Golf Instructor, Contact:

Roger Van Dyke, Founder/President
Indian River Golf Foundation
PGA Life Master Professional
(772) 713-9593