Director of Golf
Dan has been at Pelican's Nest Golf Club since 2011. Dan comes to us as a twenty year veteran of the Southwest Florida private club market. Dan originally from Houston, started playing competitive golf as a junior. He played for his high school golf team and went on to play in college at Loyola University in Maryland. After a five year stint in the sales/sales management world Dan returned to the game he loves and made the move to Southwest Florida. He is an officer with the Southwest Chapter PGA and sits on the Board of the South Florida Section. Dan is very excited and proud to be educating the next class of Golf Professionals as an Adjunct Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University in their Professional Golf Management Program. In his spare time Dan enjoys the outdoors, reading, and sports - including auto racing.
Jim has been the Director of Instruction at one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools, has worked with (taught) Tour players from every professional tour, has played professional golf, yet his passion is to share his insight and experiences with others.
Jim's background and experience in golf is quite unique. He was a fairly accomplished player, playing competitively through college (Division 1) and for a couple of years professionally. He was fortunate as a youngster to have grown up with the Nicklaus family, as this privileged opportunity enabled him to learn the game from the greatest golfer to have ever played, Mr. Jack Nicklaus himself. This relationship also gave him many opportunities to learn from multiple other golfing legends (players and teachers).
When his path changed from player to coaching, he was also fortunate to learn from and be mentored by several of the game's most knowledgeable instructors, including: Henry Young (3 Time Michigan Teacher of the Year), Rick Smith (America's 50 Best Teachers 'Golf Digest'), Mike Malaska (2011 PGA National Teacher of the Year), Martin Hall (2008 PGA National Teacher of the Year), and two Hall of Famers - Bob Toski and Jim Flick.
Jim's background as a player, most certainly has had an influence on his teaching style. Having been in the shoes of the student himself, he fully understands the process of taking lessons, how to implement changes, and is able to identify and relate to the potential challenges that result throughout the process.
The knowledge and experience he passes along to his clients is a compilation of insight learned from his mentors, his personal experiences as a player/student (45+ years), and his experience as an instructor (24 years ). When you combine Jim's background with his easy-going personality, it explains why he has been sought after and worked with multiple Tour players (PGA, LPGA, Champions, and Nationwide Tours) and is still working with many of the same recreational players he began working with when he first moved to the Bonita Springs area.
For help with your golf game, give Jim a call. You'll be very happy you did.
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