Leading The Pinehurst Golf Academy is Eric Alpenfels, a Class A PGA of America professional who has been a part of the Pinehurst family since 1985. As Director of Golf Instruction, Eric is involved in daily instruction with both amateur and professional golfers. His expertise and professionalism have earned him recognition from Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America” and Golf Digest as one of “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers,” and in 2013 became one of the first two graduates of the PGA of America’s Master Professional Program.
A lead instructor and Class A member of the PGA of America, Kelly Mitchum has played professionally on the Nike Tour, the Canadian Tour and various mini-tours. He is no stranger to competing on a large scale. He has played in four PGA Championships, four PGA Tour events in the last two years, and recently won his sxth Carolinas PGA Championship. In 2012, Mitchum finished tied for second in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship to record his fourth top-10 performance in six appearances. Mitchum was a four-time All-American at N.C. State, won the 1991 ACC Championship and the 1993 North & South Amateur, and was a semifinalist in the 1992 U.S. Amateur.
With more than 20 years of experience, Paul McRae is a Class A member of the PGA of America and a lead instructor at Pinehurst. He’s taught LPGA tour players, mini-tour players, U.S. Senior Open qualifiers, U.S. Women’s Open qualifiers and collegiate players at top Universities. Paul has also appeared on The Golf Channel and written instruction articles for Golf Magazine.
Geoff’s professional career began in 1991 in Pinehurst’s Tournament Operations department. He later served as assistant golf professional at Pinehurst No. 6 before advancing to the instructional staff at the Golf Academy. He became a Class A professional and a lead instructor during his seven year tenure. After a brief return to the golf professional staff at both No. 6 & No. 8, he was promoted to manager of the Donald Padgett Learning Center in early 2007. He continues to teach in addition to managing the club fitting and golf equipment operations.