GOLF’s National Search For The Top 100 Teachers In America Is On

August 29, 2016

Whether you’re a PGA professional with a résumé that’s polished enough for Top 100 consideration, or a reader who knows a swing coach who deserves elite-teacher status, we want to hear from you. We update our Top 100 list every two years, and this time around we’re broadening our search to include every qualified instructor from coast to coast to create the most extensively researched teacher pool in history.


Click here to access the 2017-18 Top 100 Teachers in America application form. All forms must be submitted by Sept. 23, 2016. The new Top 100 Teachers in America list will be published in the March 2017 issue of GOLF. 


To be considered for Top 100 status, an instructor must have at least 12 years of full-time teaching experience, and spend at least 750 hours a year actively teaching golf (through individual lessons, group, clinics, schools, classes, presentations, seminars, workshops, etc.). In addition, an instructor must spend at least 750 hours in other lesson- and instruction-related activities. Examples of the latter include organizing lessons, communicating with students, writing articles, filming video, learning, reading, and/or studying any areas related to the field of teaching golf. Combined minimum annual total = 1,500 hours.  


Applications are screened against 15 baseline criteria recommended by the Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee: 1) Number of years teaching, 2) annual hours instructing on the lesson tee, 3) annual hours engaged in teaching-related activities, 4) letters of recommendation, 5) employment history, 6) reference lists, 7) impact on instruction community, 8) teaching scholarship, 9) teaching awards, 10) student portfolio, 11) student ratings, 12) peer ratings, 13) growth of the game, 14) volunteerism, and 15) student results.

The applications are then examined and ranked by a group comprised of 15 active and former Top 100 Teachers. Final recommendations are then made by a separate Selection Committee, comprised of GOLF’s instruction editors, established Top 100 Teachers and alumni, and invited World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame members. (Recommendations are based upon an in-depth review of the 15 baseline criteria with an emphasis on the following: swing knowledge, communications skills, innovative teaching ideas, flexibility in teaching different learning types, proven success, willingness to share knowledge with peers, longevity, success with well-known golfers, industry awards and number of nominations, recommendations and presentations.) The recommendations of the Selection Committee are submitted to GOLF for the final decision.