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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. Most recently, for 2011/ 2012, Eric was voted one of Pennsylvania's Best Teachers by Golf Digest Magazine.

Eric currently resides in the Applecross Community in Downingtown, PA with his wife Holly, their son Eric, and his two step sons Ryan and Liam.

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!"

 
     
 

 

  • 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 and current owner of Eric MacCluen Golf as of 2011


  • 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
 

 
 

 

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

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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: mreynoldsgolf@aol.com

Eric MacCluen Golf is excited to have PGA Professional, Mike Reynolds as a member of our talented and passionate teaching staff since 2011.

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: bobheintzgolf@gmail.com

Eric MacCluen Golf is proud to have PGA Professional, Bob Heintz, return in 2014 as a valuable and talented member of our teaching staff.

Bob Heintz comes to Applecross with nearly 20 years of professional golf experience, having competed on the PGA Tour and Web.com 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 Web.com/Nationwide Tour years produced two victories, including the1999 Shreveport Open and the 1999 Web.com Tour Championship. Over the course of 8 seasons, his Web.com 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 pgatour.com.

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 Web.com 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 (16, Favorite sport volleyball), PJ (13, Baseball), Daniel (11, Baseball),
    Brody (3, 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.
 
         
         
 

 

Cathy Cook Russell, Teaching Professional

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Cathy by phone/ text: 484.905.2827 or by e-mail: cathycookrussell@yahoo.com

For the 2014 season, Eric MacCluen Golf is excited to introduce Teaching Professional, Cathy Cook Russell, as the latest member of our dedicated and experienced teaching staff.

Both Cathy and her brother, PGA Tour/ Champions Tour member John Cook, started their golf careers in the early 60's at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio and have worked with many of the best and most respected teachers in the business; such as Ken Venturi, Johnny Revolta, Ben Doyle, Jim Gerring, Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.

A seasoned veteran of competitive play from Southern California and Central Ohio, Cathy played collegiate golf from 1978-1982 at The Ohio State University.  Her golf career includes four year All Big 10 Scholar Athlete Honors, Ohio and Nevada State Amateur Champion (1980 & 1985 respectively) plus numerous Amateur and Professional wins which have taken her literally around the World competing against the game’s best women players.

Being part of the original team which pioneered the development of The First Tee and then starting the local chapter of The First Tee of Cooks Creek in Central Ohio (11 years), Cathy also helped in the designing, testing and publishing The First Tee Curriculum and Coaches Program.  Additionally, she was involved with developing several high school girls and boys golf programs, conducting junior golf tournaments (locally and nationally via US Kids Golf) and managing the collegiate selection process for some of her higher level players.

Currently, Cathy is the head coach of a very successful women’s golf program at Great Valley High School and spent the last 3 years as Director of Golf at Wyncote Golf Club.

She has chosen to join the Applecross Golf Academy to provide a special dimension of expertise in working with advanced players, women, girls, Little Linksters and, especially, families as their own “group”. Basing her instruction on the belief that all players are inherently built and equipped to “make a golf ball go”, Cathy works with players to understand their own uniqueness and how to integrate their personality into their “play” while experiencing fun ways to improve creativity in shot-making.  One of her favorite quotes is "Does this shot scare you? It shouldn’t...here, let me show you how!”

Her focus is working with all those who are hooked on golf or who want to be hooked on golf and is looking forward to the opportunity of helping the Applecross community with the “playing of the game” this season and beyond!

 
         

         
   

Dave Ostrow, FitGolf Physical Therapist

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Dave by phone: 484.947.1253 or link to his site: fitgolf.com

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 in 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.

 
         
         
 

 

Thomas M. Sterner, Mental Coach

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Tom by phone: 302.547.9594 or by e-mail: tomsterner@comcast.net

Eric MacCluen Golf is happy to have Thomas M. Sterner, a highly regarded mental coach, available to round out the knowledgeable instruction at Applecross Country Club since 2011.

Over thirty years ago, Thomas Sterner began studying both Eastern and Western philosophy while in his late teens, moving into modern sports psychology and peak performance studies in his late twenties. Born out of an awareness of his lack of long term mental stamina and commitment to any endeavor while growing up, Sterner embarked on a quest as he entered college to make focus and discipline a natural part of how he handled any new skill development, as well as any challenge he faced in life.

Trained as a high level concert piano technician, by age twenty three he held every certification available in his field, Sterner’s skills were tested daily in his work for a major performing arts center. Preparing instruments for hundreds of demanding world- renowned musicians and conductors required that he not only routinely interact with highly disciplined performers, but that he also perform monotonous and complex motions with precision on the instruments thousands of times in the course of a work week. Being disciplined and focused were his key to survival, and became his joy

Thomas Sterner is an accomplished musician, private pilot, student of archery, and avid golfer, and practicing these activities fills his spare time. Sterner finds joy in the process of learning to overcome life’s struggles by understanding the source of inner strength, peace, and self discipline, and the value of staying in the present moment. Inspired by all that he has learned, Sterner sold his highly successful service business in 2005, created Mountain Sage Publishing and wrote his top-selling book, “The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline In Your Life”. Since its release he has been asked to speak at a wide range of venues including Corporate Management meetings, Universities, Capital Investment firms in New York and various workshops to name a few. In 2009 he was contacted by Matrix Media in Chicago and given his own talk radio show called “Living In The Present”. The very successful show which he hosted for a year was centered around understanding the source of self discipline and focus and using that understanding to increase ones inner peace and productivity. As he so often states “Do more, think less and learn to enjoy the journey”. 

Quotes by Mr. Sterner:

  • “Learning to observe our thinking instead of being a prisoner of our thoughts is the first step to escaping anxiety and directing our energies.” TMS
     
  • “Feeling impatient is the first clue that you are not living in the present moment.” TMS
     
  • “Learn to analyze, not judge. Analyzing is free of emotion and objective. To judge something, we must have a reference point that makes it either good, bad or somewhere in between. This creates the flow of emotions which can distort our perspective and be counter-productive. For example, if you lose your job, analyzing the situation is much more productive than judging it. It takes less energy, is free of anxiety, and creates the clarity necessary for better decision making..” TMS
 
         


 


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