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Eric MacCluen, PGA Professional

Director of Instruction, Applecross Country Club

"25+ Years of Award Winning Instruction"



PGA Professional Eric MacCluen began teaching at Delcastle Golf Course in 1989, and in 1994 became the Director of Instruction at Hartefeld National Golf Club until 2000 when he started the Eric MacCluen Golf Academy with the intention of making golf accessible to everyone in the Delaware Valley.

Eric's love for the game motivates him to not only refine the techniques of highly skilled players, but also to teach proper basics to beginners. His ongoing commitment to juniors has brought approximately 100 college scholarships as well as many national tournament wins. In addition, his numerous clinics and camps have allowed children as young as 4 years old to have fun as they are taught new skills.

Eric has been a PGA member since 1994. Among his achievements, Eric was an All American at Greensboro College, a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Golf Leader in 1998, received the D.S.G.A Annual Award in 1999, and was the Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year in 2002. Eric has also been awarded the Top 50 Kids teacher from 2004 thru 2007 by US kids Golf. In 2008, he was awarded the Top 50 Master Teacher Award. For the 2011/ 2012 golf seasons, Eric was voted one of Pennsylvania's Best Teachers by Golf Digest Magazine. Most Recently, Eric has been honored as the recipient of the PGA Philadelphia Section 2014 Youth Player Development Award for his extraordinary and exemplary achievements in youth player development and growing the game of golf.

Eric is proud to announce, in January of 2011, he joined Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, PA as their new Director of Instruction. "Along with the Applecross team I am excited to be taking the first steps towards becoming the premier private facility for golf instruction in the area!"

Eric currently resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife Holly who has been an administrator in their business since 2002 and their 12 year old son Eric who loves to play baseball. His two step sons are both currently attending college; Ryan is a senior at the University of Delaware majoring in business and loves to cook while Liam is a junior at the University of Mount Olive, NC majoring in business also and receives a golf scholarship to play for the university.



  • NCAA All American at Greensboro College
  • N. C. State University graduate with a Bachelor's in Communications
  • PGA Member since 1994
  • Director of Instruction at Hartefeld National Golf Club in

Avondale, PA from 1994 - 2000

  • Owner of the Eric MacCluen Golf Academy from 2000 - 2011
  • Director of Instruction at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, PA since 2011 and current owner of
    Eric MacCluen Golf LLC.

  • Over 100 students have received college scholarships
    and many national tournament wins
  • 1998 Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Golf Leader Award for outstanding work with our nation's youth
  • 1999 D.S.G.A. annual award for his contributions to the future of the game
  • 2002 PGA Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year Award for making a significant impact on the game
  • 2004, 2005 and 2007 "Top 50 Kids Teacher" in America by the U.S. Kids Golf Company
  • 2008 "Top 50 Master Kids Teacher" in America by the U.S. Kids Golf Company
  • 2011/ 2012 voted one of Pennsylvania's Best Teachers by Golf Digest Magazine
  • 2014 PGA Philadelphia Section Youth Player Development Award for his extraordinary and exemplary achievements in youth player development and growing the game... also recognized in the top 5 in this category nationally.



Eric is available for instruction at Applecross Country Club year round.
For questions contact Eric by phone: 484.888.6611 or by e-mail:


To schedule a private lesson with Eric online click here!


Eric MacCluen is one of the original 13 teaching professionals in the
United States to receive the "Top 50 Kids Master Teacher" award.
This is the highest honor a golf instructor can receive from US Kids Golf. These Master Kids Teachers are honored for their perpetual efforts in growing the game of golf among kids.



Mike Reynolds, PGA Teaching Professional

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Mike by phone: 561.346.0353 or by e-mail:

Eric MacCluen is proud to have long time PGA Professional, Mike Reynolds as a truly valued member of our exceptional instructional team since 2011.

Mike is currently unavailable for instruction due to medical reasons. We look forward to Mike making a full recovery and have him return to the Applecross Golf Academy in the Spring of 2017.

Mike Reynolds joins the instructional team at Applecross Country Club as an esteemed PGA member for over 45 years. His accomplishments include instructing winners on the LPGA, PGA, and Champions Tours. Mike was instrumental in starting up the Jack Nicklaus designed facility, Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando, FL as well as starting the first golf school at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Mike has taught alongside some top names in the golf industry; names like Jim Flick, Bob Toski, Peter Kostis, Eddie Merrins, Davis Love Jr., Gary Wiren and Martin Hall to note a few. Mike has also taught three local players who have won a total of six Philadelphia Section PGA Championships, six player of the year awards and six scoring titles awarded by the Philadelphia Section PGA. Mike will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to an already superb professional and teaching staff that has been assembled here at Applecross Country Club.



Bob Heintz

Bob Heintz


Bob Heintz, PGA Teaching Professional

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Bob by phone: 727.421.5630 or by e-mail:

Eric MacCluen is excited to have PGA Professional, Bob Heintz, as a integral member of our talented and passionate instructional team since 2013.

Bob Heintz comes to Applecross with nearly 20 years of professional golf experience, having competed on the PGA Tour and Tour since 1999 and various other tours in the 1990’s. A 1992 graduate from Yale University, where he was a 3-time Ivy League Individual Champion, Bob is now back in the Ivy League as the Head Men’s Golf Coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Bob is a 6-time member of the PGA Tour (2000, ’02, ’06, ’08, ’09, ’10), and his career earnings exceed $2.2 million. He earned 6 top-10 finishes and 15 top-25 finishes in 155 career starts on the PGA Tour. His career best PGA Tour finish was second place at the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open.

Bob’s Tour years produced two victories, including the1999 Shreveport Open and the 1999 Tour Championship. Over the course of 8 seasons, his Tour career earnings exceed $620,000, with 14 top-10 finishes and 42 top-25 finishes in 192 events. His career statistics and profile can also be found on

A frequent leader in putting and short game statistics, Bob led the PGA Tour in both Putts per Round (27.57) and Putts per Green in Regulation (a record-low 1.682) in 2002. In 2009, he ranked first on the PGA Tour in 3-Putt Avoidance (1.6%), and ranked third in Approach Putt Proximity to Hole. He also led the Tour in Putts per Round on multiple occasions.

As an instructor, Heintz brings an intimate understanding of course management, wedge play, short game and putting techniques, along with a feel-oriented approach to the golf swing and the art of hitting solid golf shots. As a 1992 NCAA Golf Academic All-American and a current Ivy League coach, Bob is sure to stress academic diligence with his school-age students. Before moving from Clearwater, Florida to Philadelphia, his client list included a growing stable of competitive junior golfers along with amateurs of all skill levels and ages. He is passionate about passing on the knowledge he gained from many years of professional tournament golf, thousands of hours of practice, and focused observation of the world-class pros with whom he was playing.

Other Highlights

  • Wife: Nancy, Villanova graduate 1992
  • Children: Eryn (Favorite sport volleyball), PJ (Baseball), Daniel (Baseball),
    Brody (Golf???)
  • Bob was Born in Syosset, NY 1970.
  • High school multi-sport athlete lettering in basketball, baseball, and golf.
  • Graduated Yale in 1992 with degree in economics.
  • Previous home town of 35+ years was Clearwater, FL, the spring training home of the Phillies.
  • Current position as Head Men's Golf Coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jim Newlon, PGA Teaching Professional

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Jim by phone: 610.930.6782 or by e-mail:

Eric MacCluen is thrilled to have PGA Professional, Jim Newlon, join our talented and passionate instructional team as it's newest member in 2016.

Jim Newlon joins the instructional team at Applecross Country Club as a Life Member of the PGA. He brings with him over 25 years of instruction in the Private Club arena. Jim has experience in working with all levels of players, including beginners of all ages as well as proficient players looking to advance their game to the next level. Jim's knowledge and understanding of properly fit golf clubs and the role they play in the advancement of any golfer's game enables the student to progress where other may struggle to see satisfactory results. Jim looks forward to expanding his current understanding of the golf swing by tapping into the wealth of knowledge already established here at the Applecross Country Club.

Key factors to Jim's success:

  • Wife: Katy
  • Children:
    - Zachary (17 years old), My "Mini-Me"
    - Benjamin (16 years old), My "Golf Buddy"...some of you may have already had the pleasure of playing with him.
    - Abigail (13 years old), our aspiring Equestrian. I'm still holding out hope that there is a little golfing blood in there somewhere.
  • The constant desire to learn.

"The difference between a good athlete and a top athlete is the top athlete will do the mundane things when nobody's looking." ~ Susan True

"When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundredd or a thousand times, the he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter either. Then Willpower will be no problem." ~ Emil Zatopek, Czech Olympic great.


Rob Coyne, Teaching Professional

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Rob by phone: 484.340.7004 or by e-mail:

Eric MacCluen is truly happy to have Teaching Professional, Rob Coyne, round out our instructional team as it's youngest and most enthusiastic team member since 2014.

Rob Coyne comes to the instructional team at Applecross as a talented young athlete earning 6 letters playing golf and baseball in High School. Rob then went on to play four years on the golf team at Millersville University. In Rob's Junior season at Millersville, he had two wins along with finishing 2nd at the NCAA Atlantic Regional tournament. Rob was also only the second player in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship. He was a NSCAA Atlantic All-Region Player in 2012-2013.

Rob learned to help golfers navigate around the golf course by caddying at Stonewall Country Club in his youth. He taught golf camps for Lionville Youth Association and Downingtown Country Club, 2010-2013. He has the ability of great patience and a calm demeanor to work with both children as well as with adults.

Rob has three siblings, Elizabeth, Patrick, and Brian. His parents are Bob and Jean Coyne of West Chester, PA.



Applecross Golf Academy Supporting Team Member


Dave Ostrow, FitGolf Physical Therapist

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Dave by phone: 484.947.1253 or link to his site:

Eric MacCluen Golf is excited to have Dave Ostrow, an esteemed golf fitness trainer from FitGolf, available to complement the talented instruction at Applecross Country Club since 2013.

We are fortunate to have Dave on site two days a week. Dave Ostrow has been a physical therapist for over 27 years. He is regarded by many to be an expert in the golf fitness industry and has published numerous articles in PGA Magazine, Golf Illustrated, Advance Magazine, and newspapers across the US. David, a member of the Titleist Performance Institute’s Medical Advisory Board and K-Vest Advisory Board, has dedicated himself to the health and well-being of golfers. He will be taking appointments with our members and training some of our junior golfers both privately and in our junior golf fitness classes on Saturdays.





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