Instructors for all ages and abilities
Mark Yannotta, PGA
Mark Yannotta, A PGA Professional, has 25 years of teaching and playing experience in the Greatest Game Ever Played. Mark has built an outstanding reputation for helping students on all levels understand the golf swing.
His lesson plan is simple: Enable the student to establish a root structure for the golf swing. Knowing where the ball is going, and why, is the foundation that to building a repeatable, effortless swing -- a swing for a lifetime.
His student's successes greatly contributed to Mark being named one of Golf Digest's "Best in NJ," for the past decade.
Carole Charbonnier, LPGA
Carole Charbonnier, LPGA Member and former LPGA tour player (1980-1992) has over 25 years of experience teaching golfers of all levels. Her teaching philosophy centers on the fundamentals of the golf swing; emphasizing grip, posture and balance. Carole has a unique ability to help golfers at every level to improve their game.
She believes golf is an art form, not a science and her focus is applying the principals of the swing to fit each person's ability, strengths, and weaknesses. Carole feels she has succeeded when a student leaves a lesson with a better understanding of how to strike the ball in the center of the club and make it fly towards the target!
Her objective as an instructor is to make the game more fun for golfers at every level and help them lower their score on the course.
Carole also serves as a Teaching Professional at Anchor Golf Center in Whippany, NJ and for a new program she is calling "Women in Golf" that offers a welcome setting to build friendships and enjoy the business advantages of the golf lifestyle. Details and dates coming soon!
We are excited to have Carole on board and are pleased to be able to offer private, group, ladies clinics, junior and corporate programs.
Todd Rickenbach began his career in golf as a cart attendant at PGA National Resort and Spa and moved his way up through the Pro Shop and to Tournament Coordinator. Todd has been a teaching professional for over twenty years in Florida, Hilton Head Island, and New Jersey. He has also had an extensive playing career, having played on The Golden Bear Tour and competed in two National Club Professional Championships and one National Assistant Championship.
Todd has worked with all levels of experience from beginners to competitive golfers. He believes that all golfers are different and works to maximize each individual's potential to meet their desired goals.
"I believe the best golf swing starts with the foundation, a proper grip, stance and posture. The goal is to show my students techniques that improve their playing ability, while making the game fun and challenging."
Jonathan Corriere, PGA
Having years of playing and teaching experience, Jonathan is a PGA Member, TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, TPI Level 2 Junior Coach, U.S. Kids Certified Golf Coach, and more. Since the age of five, he has carried his passion for golf in the hopes of playing and teaching for a living. As a junior golfer, he was very competitive, playing in the AJGA, IJGT, and NJPGA Junior Golf Events and in High School, he led his team to a state title.
Jonathan attended college at Campbell University, where he played competitively and completed the PGM Golf Program, becoming a PGA Professional in 2008. After a brief stint playing tournament golf in Florida, Jonathan became the First Assistant Golf Professional at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Syracuse, NY. There, he helped run the PGA Tour Event and the famous Notah Begay Skins Game, while working under Marty Nowicki at the Golf Dome.
After another stop as the First Assistant at Wildwood Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA, Jonathan spent the last two seasons working at The David Leadbetter Golf Academy - Crystal Springs in Hamburg, NJ as a Certified Golf Instructor/Junior Golf Coordinator. It was here he continued to hone his teaching skills, having the privilege to assist Sean Hogan and David Leadbetter.
Jonathan also has a passion for fitness and serves as a part-time Golf Fitness - Personal Trainer at the Sussex County YMCA. His training philosophy is to increase playing performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. He calls the concept, “The Body-Swing Connection.” The combination of core fundamentals, an athletic body, and a sound competitive mind is what Jonathan strives to instill in his students.
Chris McDermott, PGA
Chris McDermott, a PGA Professional with 17 years of teaching experience. Chris was born and raised in Sussex County, where he attended High Point Regional HS and played on the varsity golf team for 4 years. During his senior year in high school, Chris truly fell in love with the game and decided he wanted to have a career in the golf business. Chris attended the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, double majoring in Business Management and Marketing.
During college, Chris passed his player ability test and turned professional when he was 18. After college Chris got his start as the First Assistant Golf Professional at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in the Poconos. While at Shawnee, Chris served as a lead instructor at the Tillinghast Golf Academy. This is where he found his love for teaching the game to students of all abilities. He also served as Director of the NIKE Junior Golf Camps. After Shawnee, Chris returned home to New Jersey and has worked here since. Chris has had the opportunity to work at some at the best clubs in New Jersey including Crestmont CC, Basking Ridge CC, Picatinny Golf Club, and Cherry Valley CC. While working at Basking Ridge CC, Chris qualified for and competed in the PGA Assistant Professional Championship. He enjoys competing in local PGA events and has multiple NJPGA victories to his credit. Most recently Chris spent the last two seasons as the Head Golf Professional at The Architects Golf Club. While at Architects, Chris also served as the director of all instructional programs where he designed and implemented a full schedule of teaching programs for students of all ages and abilities.
Chris’ teaching philosophy revolves around his belief that no one method of teaching can be universally effective for all students. Every student learns differently and he molds his teaching methods to fit the individual needs of each of them. While his methods change from student to student, Chris believes that no student will improve to his/her potential without enjoying the learning process. “Teaching students who love the game as much as I do is where I have the most enjoyment as an instructor. When my students are passionate about improving the game they love, the learning process becomes easier for them. My job as an instructor is to not stop until each of my students attains a goal they have been aiming to achieve. After they have reached each goal, the bar must be raised and we map out the road to achieving their next goal. The learning process is always in motion and everyone can improve to make the game more and more enjoyable”.
During his spare time, besides for playing golf, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and their two children, Peyton, 5 and Charlie 1.5. He also enjoys watching sports and is an avid NY Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan and loves rooting on his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes.
John McDole, PGA
Over the course of his PGA career, John McDole has held the Head Golf Professional title at several esteemed NJ facilities including, but not limited to, Hamilton Farm Golf Club and Basking Ridge Country Club. Now retired, John enjoys teaching golf enthusiasts part time. His method takes into account a player’s current ability, physique and goals customizing the instruction for every client. John’s easy going demeanor and friendly personality puts even the beginner player at ease.
Nick was born and raised in Madison, NJ. After learning the game and competing as an amateur in the NJSGA and MGA, he began his professional career spending summers at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and winters at Jupiter Hills Club in Florida. He moved home to New Jersey in 2014 and currently resides in Morris Plains.
His instructional philosophy has been molded by studying and spending time with some of the best instructors in the country in addition to his own experience. Nick believes that each swing is unique and prefers to work on creating a solid and repeatable impact position. Away from the range he enjoys working on his own golf game, competing in tournaments, cooking, sports, and spending time with his fiancé Victoria.