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Harpeth Valley Golf Center is Nashville’s premier golf learning center. We are home to the Stan Smoot Golf Schools, which include:

  • Individual Lessons
  • Small Group Lessons
  • Summer Junior Camps
  • Competitive Player Camps
  • Adult Co-Ed Classes
  • Ladies, Men’s, and Beginner Classes

Our staff includes PGA and LPGA instructors dedicated to helping you UP your game!

Stan Smoot, Director of Golf at Harpeth Valley Golf Center in Nashville

Stan Smoot
Director of Golf | 615.481.8858

Stan is a Nashville native and was introduced to the golf at the age of five. Stan began playing competitive golf and reached scratch level by age fourteen. Stan’s passion for the game continued and he decided to join the PGA (Professional Golfers Association of America) golf business as a career. In 2001, Stan’s dream of ownership was realized with the creation of Harpeth Valley Golf Center. Stan is respected among his peers as a teacher, player, club fitter, club repair technician, turf specialist and promoter of the game that we so love. His professional accolades include: Two time Nashville Chapter TN PGA Teach of the Year, Nashville Chapter TN PGA Junior Golf Leader, PGA Presidents Council Growth of the Game Award, and Golf Range Magazine Top 50 Instructors in America.

Stan’s teaching style is characterized as simple and direct. The ball flight tells the story and most of the work is learning proper set-up. The swing is an athletic motion and a result of the starting form. Balance and timing are the keys to consistency. Stan has an eye for the swing and helps his students simplify the most challenging game.

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Bill Breen, Instructor at Harpeth Valley Golf Center in Nashville
Bill Breen
Instructor | 615.734.9555

Bill Breen is a class “A” member of the PGA with a golf career that spans more than 30 years as both a player and a coach. He has played since the age of seven, continuing through college and then onto Florida where he worked as a golf professional for 20 years. In his career Bill has given more than 15,000 lessons.

Bill has a personable and engaging style of teaching, making it possible for students at all levels to improve their game and have more fun on the course. He has several students who have earned college scholarships, including amateur golfers who have won their amateur and club championship events. Bill is a highly accomplished player, he won the Tennessee State Open in 2013 and qualified for the US Senior Open in 2013 Bill holds many tournament wins from his time sent in Florida. Bill is a rare combination of player, coach, and mentor. For him,the most rewarding moment is when he see the look his student’s faces when they get up in the air for the first time. In his words “It’s a priceless moment”

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Vikki Chandley, Instructor at Harpeth Valley Golf Center in Nashville
Vikki Chandley
Instructor | 615.293.3251

Vikki is a member of the LPGA and a native of Old, Hickory TN. She earned a BS degree in Secondary Education from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and has been a member of the LPGA since 2001. She is Co-Site Director for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Franklin/Spring Hill Tennessee Chapter. Her teaching experience also includes being a Certified Instructor for The Plane Truth. Vikki is an accomplished instructor and enjoys introducing the game of golf to new players as well as the challenge of helping advanced players lower their handicaps. Whether you are just starting to enjoy this great game, need a tune up, or have a specific problem area, Vikki will be happy to work with you. If you wish to find out more about Vikki Chandley, you can visit her website

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Russ Fox, Instructor at Harpeth Valley Golf Center in Nashville
Scott Pierce
Instructor | 615.319.3065

Scott Pierce is a class "A" member of the PGA. Scott has served the following facilities:

*Nashboro Village Golf Course Nashville, Tennessee

Assistant Golf Professional

*Nashville Golf & Athletic Club Brentwood, Tennessee

Assistant Golf Professional

*Woodmont Country Club Franklin, Tennessee

Assistant Golf Professional

*Legends Club of Tennessee Franklin, Tennessee

Assistant Golf Professional

*Through the Green Franklin, Tennessee

PGA Teaching Professional

*Harpeth Valley Golf Center Nashville, Tennessee

PGA Teaching Professional

*Forrest Crossing Golf Course/Franklin Bridge Golf Club Franklin, Tennessee

Head Golf Professional/PGA Teaching Professional

Scott was born and raised in Nashville and Learned the game of golf from his father, who was also a Golf Professional. After graduating from MTSU in 1989, Scott's first job in the golf business was at Nashboro Village Golf Club where Stan Smoot was the Assistant Golf Professional at the time. Scott has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to helping his students get the most out of their swings. Scott believes that all golf lessons should begin with building a solid pre swing foundation, focusing on the proper grip, alignment, and set up. These fundamentals have a great influence on controlling the ball flight and consistency of the swing. The key to an effective swing is being able to swing the club on the correct angles while making the correct motion. The goal is to develop a repetitive swing, focusing on consistent solid contact and accuracy. Scott enjoys working with people of all ages and different levels of ability. Scott believes that proper instruction leads to improvement and confidence, which can make golf an enjoyable and rewarding experience!

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