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Inquiries: (803) 786-7888

A full array of golf instruction options is available to members and their families throughout the year. Our teaching staff is available for lessons Tuesday through Sunday each week. Private lessons, group lessons and lessons for junior players are an integral part of the overall golf instruction program at The Windermere Club. The club also schedules several complimentary beginner's golf clinics during the course of the year.


Head Teaching Professional
Mike has been a PGA member for over 30 years and has instructed golfers across the United States, the Virgin Islands, and South America. From the beginner to the tour professional, Mike has designed and developed teaching programs for the full spectrum of golfers. After spending more than eight years as a teaching professional with David Leadbetter, Mike moved to South Carolina in 1991. He served as Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf at The Cliffs Communities in the Upstate.

Since moving to Columbia to be the Head Golf Professional at the Windermere Club in 2001, he is currently using his experience and talents to tailor lesson programs to golfers of all ages and abilities. Mike instructs many of the top juniors in the state, some of which are nationally ranked. Collegiate golfers, corporate executives, and seniors all seek Mike's innovative methods to improve their technique.
If you're interested in a simple swing analysis, quick tune up, reinventing your swing, or anything in between, be sure to phone or stop by to see what Mike can do for you. The Pro Shop at Windermere is open Tuesday through Sunday. Mike can be reached by calling his cell at (803) 240-2384.

Bret Watzka

15 plus years as a PGA Head Professional
As a collegiate Head coach, private, group, semi-private, junior lesson and junior summer camps were always a part of his tenure. His teaching philosophy is simple, Grip-Stance-Posture-Alignment, the four basic fundamentals that are crucial in developing and maintaining a life long sound swing. He believes in keeping the swing as simple as possible and working with everyone as an individual, not one swing fits all.

St. John's University, B.A.
Master's Degree
PGA Professional, Class A