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Golf Instruction at Magnolia

At Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation, we are committed to helping you be the best golfer you can be! Whether you're a beginner golfer or are just looking to refine your swing, our group of professional golf staff is ready to assist! Magnolia Greens is also proud to be the home of Gordon Golf Academy with Matthew Gordon, PGA Director of Instruction.

Beginners Guide to the Golf Course

March - November
new classes begin each month

Weekly Format

Skill Development Classes
Wednesdays 9am - 10:15am
Class 1: Welcome to Magnolia Greens and Putting
Class 2: Chipping
Class 3: Pitching & Full Swing
Class 4: Driver and Fairway Woods

Let's Play Nine Short Course
Fridays 1:30pm
Players play their own ball
Group of three if possible
Progress each week by 25 yards
Keep score each week and make goals
Max score is 8 per hole

Goals of the Program

Become comfortable playing on the golf course
Discover the lifetime game
Play nine holes in 90-120 minutes
Learn basic rules of golf & golf etiquette



Includes four classes and four short course rounds


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Meet the Pros at Gordon Golf Academy


Matthew Gordon, PGA Director of Instruction

I began the game of golf at the age 3 and have since dedicated over twenty years to working with others to help make golf more enjoyable. I started my career assisting with the opening of Hartefeld National in 1995 in beautiful Avondale, PA. This is where my passion for teaching developed. In 2000 my first golf academy opened at Chisel Creek in Landenberg, PA and remained until 2007 when my wife and I decided to move south to enjoy golf (and the beach) more year round.
Since moving from Wilmington, DE to Wilmington, NC, I had the privilege to work at the esteemed Bald Head Island Country Club which led me to the fabulous teaching facility at Magnolia Greens in Leland, NC which is now my “home away from home”.
When I’m not on the course, I’m enjoying time with my family at the beach, outside playing lacrosse or golf with my kids and just enjoying living in beautiful southeastern coastal Carolina.

Jay Zahran, Assistant Golf Instructor

Jay studied Golf Operation under Class A PGA Master Golf Professional, Gordon Fulp, in 1982.
Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC 1986-1989 – Managed Super Camps, taught golf lessons and also operated the driving range.
Cardinal Country Club 1990 – Completed 6-month apprenticeship under Class A PGA Professional; successfully passed the PAT and Rules Test. Was the First Assistant Golf Professional; responsible for entire golf operation, pro shop, lessons, tournaments, clinics, junior interclub, club repair, sales, merchandising, club fitting, etc.
Forest Oaks Country Club, 1998-2001 – Worked with course Superintendent, Dan Winters. PGA Site of the Greater Greensboro Open.
In 2003 worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at Ocean Ridge Plantation. From 1990-2003 played tournament golf in the Carolinas PGA Section and also participated in the qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open, the Kemper Open and the Greater Greensboro Open.

For inquiries regarding golf instruction, or to find out more about our golf instruction staff, please call The Golf Store at (910) 383-0999.
For inquiries regarding golf instruction with Gordon Golf Academy, please call (910) PGA-0032