Top 100 Golf Academy of America Alumni

Jeff Pianelli

Graduate of Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach

Head Golf Professional

Current Employer: Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte, North Carolina

For PGA Professional Jeff Pianelli, business skills have been a large part of his success in the golf industry. "I earned my bachelor’s degree in Business at Delaware Valley University outside of Philadelphia, and those skills got me started with a bit of a lead on my peers," says Pianelli.

"The instruction from the staff at GAA in regards to budgeting, merchandising and teaching helped me gain confidence in applying skills to the golf industry."

Today, Pianelli is Head Golf Professional at Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte, North Carolina. "Teaching is one of the things that I must say requires a bit of skill in every area," he says. "It's not just the swing but how to relay the information back to the student. We must learn the person as much as we do the swing."

Fortunately, he was educated by a team of expert instructors at Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach. "Not only were the pros educated and seasoned, they were reliable instructors in all areas," says Pianellie. "The knowledge gained from them in my time at the Academy is invaluable, and the relationships that were formed there will never end."

He advises future students to, "stay humble along the way. No matter where you are currently employed, remember, the person on the other end of the counter is the main focus. Without them, we don't have anywhere to go. Embrace women and junior golfers, as they are the future of our business."

Best part of his job: "I enjoy multiple areas from finance to customer relations. Watching people enjoy themselves and appreciate your work is something that never gets old. While in the Academy I was told that a Golf Professional must wear many hats in a given day, and that may be one of the most accurate descriptions I have ever heard!"