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John Hughes, PGA

PGA Master Professional of Instruction


PGA Crest

Orlando, FL
McLemore Club, Rising Fawn, GA

About John

John Hughes is a PGA Master Professional and the 2023 North Florida PGA Section Teacher/Coach of the Year. John is a Nationally Ranked Golf Coach to golfers of all skill levels.

With 30+ years of experience, John’s is one of only 433 individuals who’ve earned the designation of PGA Master Professional (Instruction). John possesses the skills, knowledge, and experience to provide you an opportunity to experience the absolute best golf coaching, assisting you to reach your potential.

Career Highlights • Top 25 Instructor – Golf Tips Magazine (2012-Present)

• Students include the “Who’s Who” of the corporate, entertainment, political, and sports industries as well as Club, Amateur, NCAA Champion, Mini-Tour, PGA Tour Champions

• Recipient – 2013 PGA of America’s Horton Smith Award, recognizing outstanding educational contributions to PGA Members and the golfing community

• Recipient – 2014 and 2018 North Florida PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award

• Recipient – North Florida PGA Section’s 2009 Irv Schloss Teacher of the Year Award

• Honorary President – North Florida PGA Section

• Member – Editorial Advisory Board of

• Member – Parkinson’s Association of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors

• Member – Appalachian State University Alumni Association Central Florida Alumni Board

• Former National Director of Instruction – Golf Digest Schools

• Accomplished Clinician, Speaker, and Author

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John in Action

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John in Action

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After several sessions with John, I've achieved remarkable improvements with my game, which has suffered from 2 strokes. John has a special ability to communicate what I need in a way that I can understand and employ.

Ted Thrasher


John is a coach and teacher in every sense. He enjoys getting to know you and tailors the lesson to your skill and personality. He brought me from a 5 handicap to better than scratch golfer.

Tyler Setter


John has helped improve my game by actually teaching me the real game of golf, not just the swing but the mindset as well. He is a great instructor, I am glad I found him and will continue with him in the future.

Vinny Zappi


John was the most patient and informative as he recognized my needs and began improving them given my wishes -- plus we had a blast! Scores have improved 10 strokes and I haven't even put all his wisdom to the course yet!

Debra Timko


He is an excellent teacher and enjoys sharing his vast knowledge. I so value his teaching of the mental part of the game as much as his teaching of strategies and technical skills.

Marcy Reman

John's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Get comfortable for business golf

Having More Fun

Connect with golfers of similar age

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 90

Break 80

Add 10 yards

Improve your Short Game

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Make the high school golf team

Earn a college golf scholarship

Get swing diagnostic testing

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

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John's Facilities

McLemore Club

Rising Fawn GA

*Coaching available to public

14653 Highway 157, Rising Fawn, GA 30738-2320

Davenport FL


Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers the ideal destination for your next round of golf or golf vacation. The facility features two championship 18-hole golf courses and a lighted nine-hole, par three golf course. Golfers also enjoy the convenience of walk-out golf with a continuous golf cart shuttle to and from the golf course. Shuttles are also available to our on-site restaurant, Piper’s Grille for a midday break. The 36 holes of world-class golf at ChampionsGate were designed to offer golfers a blend of traditional and modern elements, creating a truly unique experience, and one of the best golf courses in Orlando, Florida. In addition to championship golf, the resort also features 18-holes of miniature golf. Our Orlando golf courses are great for players of all ages, at any level. The ChampionsGate Golf Club is located at 8575 White Shark Boulevard, ChampionsGate, Florida 33896

*Coaching available to public

8575 White Shark Blvd, Davenport, FL 33896-8621

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