Bob Gillespie



Teach your golfers well: Golf Digest’s annual listing includes best in South Carolina

Posted 11/22/2013 1:57:00 PM

Who’s the best golf instructor in the U.S.? If you said Butch Harmon, whose past and present students include Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson among others, you might get a few arguments – a few. But for Golf Digest and its annual “Best 50 Teachers in America” for 2013-14, the son of Masters’ champion Claude Harmon is the man.

Harmon charges $1,000 an hour at his eponymous School of Golf at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas. Others – including the top five of Sean Foley, Jim McLean, Mike Bender and David Leadbetter, all based in Florida – have fees ranging from $250 an hour up to $3,500 for a three-hour session.

But you don’t have to go to Vegas or Florida to find good instruction. In South Carolina, Golf Digest lists 10 teachers among its “Best in State” who can fix your slice or help you lower your handicap.

Ranked by Golf Digest in order, they are:

Brad Redding, The Members Club at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, or call (843) 913-1359

Rick Barry, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, or call (800) 732-7463.

Ron Cerrudo, Daniel Island Club, Charleston, or call (843) 971-3542 or email

Krista Dunton, Berkeley Hall, Bluffton.

Carol Preisinger, Kiawah Island Club, Charleston ( or call (843) 768-5765.

Bill Sampson, Old Tabby Links, Okatie (Beaufort area), or call (843) 987-2200.

David La Pour, Colleton River Plantation, Bluffton, or call (843) 836-4413.

John Farrell, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, or call (800 732-7463.

Ed Sehl, Tega Cay Golf Club, Tega Cay (Rock Hill area), or call (803) 493-6417.

Tim Cooke, Long Cove Club, Hilton Head, or call (843) 686-1262.

South Carolina also has other instructors located in coastal regions and elsewhere who can help make the game more fun. But if you want the best – at least in Golf Digest’s estimation – check out one of the Top 10.