The only way to play like a professional is to train with one.
We are proud to have a PGA Master Teaching Professional on staff, as there are only 340 in the entire country.
Head Golf Professional, PGA Master Professional in Instruction, TPI Certified Instructor
2013 North Florida PGA Northern Chapter Teacher of the Year
Jim joined the Deerwood team as Head Golf Professional in October 2010. He is one of 340 Master PGA Professionals to ever earn the PGA's highest designation and was one of the first PGA Professionals to earn all six certifications offered through the PGA. Jim is actively involved with the North Florida PGA Board and serves on several Committees, including the Education & Mentoring Committee.
Prior to Deerwood, Jim served as Head Golf Professional at River Run Country Club, Tradition Golf Club, and Highland Creek Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was also 1st Assistant Professional at The Legends Resort in Myrtle Beach.
Jim earned a B.S. in Marketing at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and an A.S. in Business Administration at Dutchess College in New York. Jim has been happily married since 2000 to his wife Denise, and they have two children, Elizabeth and Anthony.
Assistant Golf Professional, TPI Certified Instructor
Jeff Hager was born in Oklahoma, but raised in Tampa, Florida. Jeff joined the Deerwood team in May 2015. He is a Level 2 PGA Apprentice, Callaway Golf Staff athlete, and is a certified Titleist Performance Institute Instructor.
Jeff attended Florida State University but later transferred to the University of South Florida to finish his degree in Business Administration. In 2005, he joined the United States Navy where he served as an Aviation Electrician at Jacksonville Naval Air Station and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. He completed 5 years of active duty, including one tour in Iraq.
Before Deerwood, Jeff held the position of Assistant Golf Professional at Carrollwood Country Club in Tampa, Florida, where he helped it become one of the top golf courses in the Tampa Bay area. When not on the course he enjoys spending time with family, going to see live music and cheering for his Florida State Seminoles.
Assistant Golf Professional, US Kids Certified Instructor
Class A PGA Member
Tom joined Deerwood as an Assistant Golf Professional in January of 2016. He is a PGA Member and US Kids Certified Golf Instructor. Tom is a graduate of the PGA Golf Management program at NC State. Prior to Deerwood, he served as an intern at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, Milwaukee Country Club in Wisconsin, and Croasdaile Country Club in Durham, NC. When not at the course Tom enjoys spending time with family and friends and rooting on NC State and the Carolina Hurricanes.