Golf Academy of America

Golf Academy of America

Myrtle Beach, FL

P: 800-342-7342

The Golf Academy of AmericaPeople all over the world take great pleasure in the game of golf. Golf provides the escape from day-to-day life and provides us the opportunity to get out of the house or office. We are then able to forget about all the pressure that we may be carrying on our shoulders and just concentrate on playing the game we all know and love. Golf can allow us to unwind, have fun and can give us a second wind to get through yet another week of work. Golf is a magical game enjoyed by so many of us and can be more than just a sport. It can also be a career! For over 30 years, The Golf Academy of America has served as a path for many to realize their dream of a career in golf. If golf is a passion in your life, let Golf Academy of America show you the way to your career.

Golf Academy of America has four campuses located in golf-friendly areas. The state-of-the-art schools are located in Orlando, Florida, and Myrtle Beach on the east coast, and in San Diego, California, and Phoenix in the western USA. All four of these campuses provide students with the skills needed to compete for their dream jobs in the golf industry.

The Golf Academy of America is a twoyear educational institution, accredited by ACICS, and offers a comprehensive curriculum in golf instruction and business management. Golf Academy graduates are currently working all over the world as golf and teaching professionals, golf tournament organizers, club managers, golf course owners, golf manufacturing representatives and product development specialists. The Golf Academy of America has also placed students directly into jobs internationally as well. While no guarantee of a job is made, an associate’s degree from Golf Academy of America opens the door to a rewarding career in the game so many love.

The Golf Academy of AmericaIn just 16 months, you can turn your passion for golf into your dream career. The training program at Golf Academy of America includes classroom instruction, golf instruction, weekly tournaments, open play and a comprehensive driving range package for practice. The faculty and staff consist of some of the most qualified PGA professionals in the business.

The Golf Academy of America offers an associate’s degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. Students may choose one of two areas of emphasis: Golf Professional and General Golf Management. Some students choose a dual emphasis. After completing their education at the Academy, they will have a complete understanding of golf course management and operations. This is achieved through a proven curriculum that focuses on business management, all areas of the golf industry, modern teaching methods and solid human relations skills.

People pursue careers in golf because they truly love the game. They don’t necessarily have to be a great golfer to have a career in the golf business. People with the proper education can succeed in the best jobs the golf industry has to offer. The golf business is estimated to be a 76 billion dollar a year industry providing more than 2 million jobs worldwide. The potential continues to expand for those who have golf course management degrees and the golf education necessary to pursue golf careers. Attending The Golf Academy of America will lower students’ scores, raise their confi dence and help them realize that their love of the game can be extended into a lifetime career. Graduates will have the opportunity to explore jobs with various equipment manufacturers, teaching centers, country clubs, hotels, resorts and much more. The Golf Academy of America prepares graduates for over 100 different careers in the golf industry.

The Golf Academy of America-Carolinas opened in 1998 and expanded to a new campus in 2004. The Myrtle Beach campus is located within minutes of more than 100 golf courses in a region often referred to as “The Golf Capital of the World.” The Myrtle Beach campus offers a truly unique learning environment with a combination of classrooms, computer labs, club repair rooms, library, student lounge and placement service areas. Golf instruction, practice and play are conducted at many area facilities. Myrtle Beach is a warm, coastal resort area where the sun shines and the fun never sets. The Grand Strand is also known for its 60-mile-stretch of beautiful beaches. Myrtle Beach is considered one of the premier vacation destinations on the East Coast.

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Jim Hart, Campus DirectorCampus Director
Jim Hart, Campus Director
Golf Academy of America - Carolinas

Jim Hart, Campus Director at Myrtle Beach, is a former high school, college and professional tournament golfer who also brings to his position over a quarter century of experience in the business of golf. Mr. Hart was the New York State Public High School golf champion two years running. He then accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Florida where he earned three varsity letters, competing in the Southeastern Conference. After graduation, he became a professional tournament golfer, contending in events throughout North America. He then joined the Carolinas’ section of the PGA America in 1981, first as a Tournament Director and then as Chief Executive Officer for the Carolinas Section, the largest of PGA’s forty-one geographical entities. In 2000, Mr. Hart became president of Fair Way Golf Management, LLC, a company that owns, operates, and manages golf facilities throughout the Carolinas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and the master’s degree in management from Webster University.

Lew Gach, PGAAcademic Dean
Lew Gach, PGA
Golf Academy of America - Carolinas

Mr. Gach is a Class A member of the PGA of America and was formerly Head Golf Professional at Brierwood Golf Club in Shallotte, North Carolina and Club Manager at the River Club in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Mr. Gach was responsible for conducting all Carolinas Section PGA Senior Open events and all PGA Playing Ability Tests in North and South Carolina. He was also Senior Tournament Official for the Carolinas Section PGA and was responsible for all PGA Tour, Nike/ Tour and Senior PGA Tour Qualifying Tournaments, as well as serving as Rules Official for these events. He also founded the Atlantic Coast Junior Golf Association, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the advancement of competitive junior golf. Mr. Gach is certified as a PGA Tour Rules Official.

Alan Rosensteel, PGADirector of Career Services
Alan Rosensteel, PGA
Golf Academy of America - Carolinas

Mr. Rosensteel has been a PGA of America member since 1984 and was formerly Head Golf Professional and Director of Instruction at Myrtlewood Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mr. Rosensteel began his golf career as a playing professional, winning the 1984 Riviera Open on the North Florida Winter Tour. He also qualified for and competed in the 1983 United States Open Golf Tournament at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh. In 1989, he turned to teaching and became a Golfing Machine Certified Instructor. He has since been recognized by Golf Magazine in 2000 as one of the Top Instructors on the Grand Strand. Mr. Rosensteel is active in the local community and serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Carolina Trust Credit Union. Mr. Rosensteel graduated from Saint Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania in 1977, earning a B.A. in Mathematics.

Ted Brasile, PGADirector of Golf Instruction
Ted Brasile, PGA
Golf Academy of America - Carolinas

Mr. Brasile, a Quarter Century Member of the PGA of America comes to the Golf Academy of America with over 30 years of experience teaching beginners to tour players. He has been recognized by his peers for his accomplishments, having been awarded the 1993 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year, the 1998 Georgia PGA North Chapter Teacher of the Year, and the 2003 Georgia PGA East Chapter Teacher of the Year. In addition, Mr. Brasile has been ranked in GOLF Magazine’s list of Top 400 Teachers every year since 1998. He is a Titleist Performance Institute Certifi ed Golf Fitness Instructor and also LAWS of Golf Level 1 & 2 Certified Instructor.

Eddie Brown, PGAGolf Professionals
Eddie Brown, PGA
Golf Academy of America - Carolinas

Mr. Brown is a Class A member of the PGA of America. He was formerly General Manager of an off-course golf equipment store in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he increased gross sales by over 150% his first year. He later accepted the position as Apprentice Head Golf Professional at The Hampton Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia, working closely with the architect and superintendent in the final shaping and grow-in of the golf course. Upon earning his membership in the PGA of America in 1993, Mr. Brown accepted the position of Director of Golf for Southeastern Golf Management, managing four golf courses. In 1995, the company was restructured as the Links Group, and Mr. Brown was appointed Vice President and Director of Operations, overseeing as many as 16 facilities throughout the Southeast. Mr. Brown formed his own management company in 1991, where he leased and operated Lost Plantation Golf Club near Savannah, Georgia, and managed all operations and maintenance of the golf course.

Scott Devaux, PGAScott Devaux, PGA
Golf Academy of America - Carolinas

Mr. DeVaux is a Class A member of the PGA of America. He began his career as an Assistant Golf Professional at The Legacy Golf Links in Pinehurst, North Carolina, eventually moving to Southern Pines Golf Club, also in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Finding an opportunity for advancement, Scott then moved to Myrtle Beach,, where he assumed the position of 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Arrowhead Country Club. From there, he branched out to become a Golf Instructor at The Tradition Golf School in Pawley’s Island, a Golf Digest Top-25 Golf School, before joining the Golf Academy of America - The Carolinas faculty in December 2006. While at the Tradition Golf School, Scott was nominated for the 2006 Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year and the 2006 Carolinas PGA Section Junior Golf Leader.

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