Harpeth Valley Golf Center is Nashville’s premier golf learning center. We are home to the Stan Smoot Golf Schools, which include:
Our staff includes PGA and LPGA instructors dedicated to helping you UP your game!
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.
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”
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 www.vikkigolf.com.
Russ is a class “A” member of the PGA and a native of Buffalo, New York. Russ’s golf and sporting goods career began in Hickory, North Carolina in 1976. By 1995 his business concentrated exclusively in golf at the green grass and on course level. With three grown children, Russ was now able to concentrate on his first love, teaching golf. Following Class A PGA certification and club professionalnal for Golf Galaxy in Nashville. In 2012, Russ had the opportunity to join the Harpeth Valley Golf Center teach staff, and the dream job continues. Russ always felt that golf is a “journey” not a “destination”. With this in mind, he encourages his students to remember that no one ever perfects the game of golf but rather strives to build their game to the best if their ability. His teaching philosophy holds the students responsible for reaching attainable goals provided they great proper and meaningful instruction. Lessons are structured around the students desires,strengths,and abilities. Russ would be honored to work with you on your golf journey!