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Ballantyne Golf Academy has assembled an award-winning team of teaching professionals who make it their mission to be continuous learners and outstanding teachers. Our Master, Senior, and Teaching Professionals have between 7 and 20 years experience and participate in research, continuing education and training.

To book a lesson via email info@golfballantyne.com

From new golfers to single-digit handicappers, we offer a variety of programs. Your golf instructor will provide a plan and suggest a program that will assist you in achieving your golf goals. Our programs include:

  • One-hour private lessons and group private lessons (2, 3 or 4 students)
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If you are a new student with Ballantyne Golf Academy, please fill-out our New Student Form here

Our Staff Members

Steve Bogdanoff

Director of Junior Golf | Teaching Professional

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Years Teaching: 10+
Education: Coastal Carolina University
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2015

  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 Certified
  • U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach
  • Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Operation 36 Certified Coach Level 3
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110 per hour, custom programs available
  • Semi-Private Group Rate: $65 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)
  • Junior Instruction Rate: $80 (13 & Under)

Steve is a PGA Class A Professional, with a B.S. in Business Administration and Professional Golf Management from Coastal Carolina University.  A native of Fairfax, Virginia, he’s been teaching for more than 10 years and joined our team in 2015 after working as a Club Professional at private facilities in Virginia, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, SC.  Growing up, Steve was a Varsity athlete for his Baseball and Football teams while still mastering the game of golf.  His background as an all-around athlete has shaped his teaching style.  With certifications in BodiTrak Sports, Swing Catalyst and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) he has an incredible grasp of the body swing connection and the use of ground forces needed to produce an efficient and athletic motion.  He helps his students create better club head speed and effortless power with easy to understand drills and mechanics.  Steve is also the Director of Junior Golf and holds certifications with U.S. Kids Golf, Operation 36, and is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Stan Roach

Master Club Fitting Specialist and Repair

Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Education: BSBA Marketing - Western Carolina University
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 1997

  • Class A Professional Clubmakers Society
  • Golf Digest America's 100 Best Clubfitters
  • Ping Top 100 Regional Club Fitter of the year '03, '09, '11, '13, '14
  • Certified Edel Torque Balanced Putter Fitter
  • Advanced Member of Golf Club Makers Assoc.
  • Custom Full Bag Fitting: $250 (includes Driver, Woods, Hybrids, Irons, & Wedges) Full Bag Fitting can be split into two (2), 1-hour sessions w/30 min break (receive $100 credit towards the purchase of new clubs)
  • Custom Club Fitting 1-hour: $150 Irons & Hybrids, Driver or Woods
  • Custom Club Fitting for Putter: $150

Recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters and selected as Ping’s Regional Clubfitter of the Year in 2003, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, Stan provides comprehensive custom club fitting and club repair, as well as assistance with purchasing clubs. With more than 20 years of experience in the golf equipment industry, Stan recognizes the importance of personalized customer service, striving to find appropriate clubs for players of all levels, from novices to PGA professionals. Through an extensive process of fitting both statically and dynamically, Stan evaluates multiple key factors specific to each golfer, including shaft length, lie angle, shaft flex, grip size and club head design, as well as how it affects the ball flight. Stan is also an Edel Certified Fitter, committed to helping golfers improve their putting by finding a custom fit to fix flaws and putt better. Stan also uses the FlightScope Launch Monitor for driver fittings, distance measurement and clubfitting.


Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters in America

Aaron Waters

Teaching Apprentice

Hometown: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Years Teaching: 15+
Education: Curry College with a degree in graphic design and a minor in communication certifications
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2019

  • Private Instruction: $80 per hour
  • Semi-Private Group Instruction: $50 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)
  • Junior Rate: $60 per hour (13 & under)


A backyard lesson with his father led Aaron to fall in love with golf at the age of seven. Under the guidance of his first professional teacher, Aaron developed his game, began playing competitively, and ranked #8 in the New Jersey High School athletic system. Consistent high performance led to his recent induction into the New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame.

Expertise and passion launched Aaron’s 15-year professional teaching career in California where he taught all ages and skill levels; coached elementary, high school and corporate programs; and even introduced entire families to golf. Aaron especially enjoys helping beginners and young people develop their skills and respect for the game.

Aaron loves to share his thirty years of playing experience and believes that keeping it simple and fun is the key to success. Aaron effectively teaches individuals, groups and families by adapting to his students’ unique learning styles supported by state-of-the-art video analysis, modern training aids and on-course playing lessons to enhance the learning process.

Contact Aaron at: awaters@golfballantyne.com

Doug Breuer

Senior Teaching Professional

Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Years Teaching: 20 +
Education: B.S. Marketing, Professional Golf Management - Ferris State (MI) University
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2006

  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Private Instruction: $110 per hour
  • Semi-Private Group Rate: $60 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)

Doug’s enthusiasm for the game and for teaching is contagious and his knowledge of the game in all areas makes it fun for his students, regardless of their age or skill level. He is very interested in improving your short game and putting along with his positive approach to full swing instruction.  Doug joined the Ballantyne Golf Academy in 2006 after teaching 13 years at Michael Hebron’s Golf School in Smithtown, NY.  He is a former teaching professional and Director of Instruction at Island Green Golf School in Selden, NY and the former Head Pro at Smithtown Landing Country Club. Doug was named in Consumers Research Council of America Guide to America’s Top Golf Instructors in 2002.

Contact Doug at: dbreuer@golfballantyne.com

Karina Sanchez

Teaching Apprentice

Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Years Teaching: 5+
Education: UNAPEC (B.A. in Graphic Design) and Professional Golfers Career College
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2019

  • Private Instruction: $80 per hour
  • Semi-Private Group Instruction: $50 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)
  • Junior Rate: $60 per hour (13 & under)


Born in the Dominican Republic, Karina grew up playing tennis until a knee injury cut her career short. Initially playing golf to stay active, she quickly fell in love with the game, transitioning from a successful career as a graphic designer to move to golf full-time. Subsequently, she moved to Orlando, Florida, where she earned an associate degree at the Professional Golfers Career College.

Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, Karina brings the uniqueness of having played golf at the highest level, qualifying for the LPGA’s Symetra Tour after only having played golf for four years.

For the past five years, she has been a key member in her country’s National Golf Team and has been the Dominican National Golf Champion on three occasions and Athlete of the Year, an honor issued by the Dominican National Association of Sports Writers.

Karina makes a difference in golfers’ games by improving personal technique and overall scores by approaching the game out on the course with a brand-new perspective on the game.

Contact Karina at: ksanchez@golfballantyne.com

Ray Martin, NZPGA

Teaching Professional

Hometown: Taunton, Somerset, England
Years Teaching: 7
Education: Farrier Diploma, PGA of New Zealand
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2019

  • NZPGA Professional
  • Private Instruction: $110 per hour, custom programs available
  • Semi-Private Group Rate: $65 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)
  • Junior Rate: $90 per hour (13 & under)
  • Custom Full Bag Fitting: $175
  • Custom Club Fitting 1-Hour: $100

Ray is originally from Taunton, Somerset in the southwest of England. His love of golf began in his early teenage years. As a teenager, Ray took lessons from his local PGA professional which sparked his interest in becoming a PGA professional himself. He then ventured out and embarked on a career as a farrier, successfully managing his own small business for eight years. Ray never lost his passion for the game of golf and at the age of 31 decided to move to the Gold Coast, Australia to attend the Australasian Golf Academy. There Ray developed an even deeper understanding of golf and how to teach effectively.

In 2012 Ray began his PGA traineeship in New Zealand where his love of golf evolved into a passion for golf coaching. During this time, Ray built a broad range of coaching experience consisting of group clinics, individual and junior golfers, beginners through to elite level.

Ray uses a holistic approach to address individual needs and cultivates a fun environment to allow for an extensive learning experience. His coaching philosophy is for players to develop awareness and understanding of their own game to reach their full potential. Understanding one’s golf game is the optimal way to achieve better scores.
Contact Ray at rmartin@golfballantyne.com

Stewart O’Malley

Senior Teaching Professional

Hometown: Marietta, GA
Years Teaching: 10+
Education: Samford University, Professional Golf Management
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2018

  • PGA Professional, certified in Teaching & Coaching
  • Private Instruction: $125 per hour, custom programs available
  • Semi-Private Group Rate: $70 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)
  • Junior Rate: $90 per hour (13 & under)
  • Operation 36 Certified Coach
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Certified
  • TrackMan Certified, Level 2

Having achieved the prestigious Certified PGA level in Teaching and Coaching, he ranks in the top 6% of PGA instructors in the world.

Stewart’s utilization of the Great Results Learning Style Assessment, combined with his own individualized, proven teaching methods and overall philosophy of “making golf fun” help support his overall objective: to meet each golf student at the highest point of his/her individual needs.

Stewart is considered by his students, peers, and fellow professionals to be one of the most innovative golf instructors in the industry. Whether it be with his students that have qualified for the U.S. Kid’s World Championship at Pinehurst, the Tuesday-morning participants at the Ladies’ Clinic, the family wanting to invest in some quality time together on Saturday mornings, or the international businessperson desiring to learn proper golf etiquette — Stewart continues to help each and every student progressively realize his/her individual goals and have fun doing it.

Learn more about Stewart and his teaching style on his website.

Operation 36 Certified Coach

TrackMan Certified Level 2

Stuart McKechnie

Teaching Professional

Hometown: Whitburn, Scotland
Years Teaching: 5
Education: B.S Kinesiology - University of Texas Permian Basin
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2019

  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Private Instruction: $110 per hour
  • Junior Rate: $80 per hour
  • Semi-Private Group Rate: $60 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)

Originally from Scotland, Stuart took up golf in his mid-teens. After a successful junior career and competing in multiple Scottish Amateur Championships he moved to America to play for Odessa College in Texas, who were ranked as the number 1 junior college team in the country.

He began his golf teaching career at Ranchland Hills Golf Club as an assistant golf professional, where he became a Class A PGA Professional and simultaneously completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of Texas Permian Basin. Stuart went on to become the assistant golf coach at UTPB, and after relocating to North Carolina, the head golf coach at Fayetteville Tech Community College.

Stuart is proud to have multiple years of experience teaching all age groups and ability levels. Being a Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Certified Golf Coach, as well as currently pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology, he acknowledges that a “one size fits all” instruction philosophy is never an option due to the differences in each player’s physiology. His teaching style incorporates biomechanical, athletic, and psychological principals to ensure players reach their maximum potential.

TPI Certified

Tyler Lucas

Golf Assistant Professional | Teaching Apprentice

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Years Teaching: 1+
Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Erskine College
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2019

  • Private Instruction: $80 per hour
  • Semi-Private Group Instruction: $50 per hour (Available for 2-4 people and rate is per person/per hour)
  • Junior Rate: $60 per hour (13 & under)

Tyler Lucas is a Level 2 associate with the PGA of America with a B.S. in Business Administration from Erskine College. A native of Rock Hill, SC, Tyler joined our academy after working in other avenues of our golf operation. While at Erskine, Tyler was a four-year member of the all-conference team and led Erskine to a Conference Carolinas championship in his second season. Channeling his many experiences in collegiate and professional golf, Tyler helps his students with course strategy, course management, and the mental aspect of playing golf. His teaching philosophy is influenced by his experience with coaches Mike Shannon, Jordan Dempsey, Brent Reneau, and George Kelnhofer.

You can contact Tyler at tlucas@golfballantyne.com.


“Aim small miss small”

Margo Fonda

Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor

Hometown: Durham, NC
Years Teaching: 25
Education: B.S. North Carolina State University
Year joined Ballantyne Golf Academy: 2015

  • TPI-CGFI Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
  • 1 Hour Fitness Training - $75
  • Margo is based at the Ballantyne Hotel Fitness Center. Contact her directly 704-608-7127 to schedule appointments at the Fitness Center.

Margo began her career in fitness after earning a B.S. at North Carolina State University.

Margo is passionate about golf and fitness, and as of 2015 serves as an extension of Ballantyne Golf Academy’s team, while being based at the Ballantyne Hotel Fitness Center.

She has been teaching group and private exercise classes for 25 years, and joined the team at the Hotel in 2010. Twelve years ago Margo earned her Personal Trainer Certification with American Council on Exercise. Prior to conducting TPI Titleist Performance Institute assessments, Margo has previously taught individual and group classes for aqua, strength, STEP, senior, adult, maternity and aerobic dance.

As a TPI-CGFI (Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor) Margo screens individuals, revealing swing fault characteristics that can be targeted with corrective exercises.

In addition, Margo is certified with Functional Movement Systems, a forward thinking system that addresses quality of movement to reduce injury and increase performance.

A dog lover, Margo’s hobbies include playing golf and reading.

TPI Certified

TPI Fitness Level 3 Certified


What Our Students Say…

Thank you so much Dana for helping to improve my game. What a tremendous school of fundamentals and bolstering of confidence with your positive critiques.

- Marianne

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