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John A. Vitale, PGA

Owner/Director of Instruction
PGA Crest

Berlin, CT
Full Circle Golf, Berlin, CT

About John

My passion for teaching and coaching started at a very young age in Waterbury, CT where I fell in love with the game of golf, and all that it stands for.  I knew back then teaching and coaching was the path that I was destined to take. My passion grew as I traveled to Florida to compete for Miami Dade College, one of the top D3 schools in the country.  Playing college golf instilled in me teamwork, the value of proper practice, and the value of hard work and dedication to achieve one's goals. Two highlights of my competitive career were the 1997 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship and the 1999 USGA Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, where I competed against some of the top golfers in the world.  

I have been a professional for over 23 years, a PGA member for 14 years, and in that time I have held positions ranging from head pro, director of instruction, and lead instructor with the First Tee of CT. My belief is that every student is unique and no two golf swings are alike. This philosophy has allowed me to become the 2015 CT PGA Teacher of the Year as well as being recognized by Golf Digest on their “Best in State” list from 2015 to 2022.

I have been influenced by some of the top instructors in the game including Michael Breed, Martin Hall, Todd Anderson and Andrew Rice. As part owner of Full Circle Golf, I will continue to grow the game with my passion for teaching, and work to provide all of our students and patrons with a great golf experience.




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Thank you! Thank you for everything you have done for me, I couldn’t have done this without you. I appreciate you so much thank you!!! The mindset that you want me to have and what we discussed before the final round really helped today!

Scott Petrosky - after winning the 2023 Under Armour Junior Tour Winter Nationals tourney in Sandestin, Florida


I took lessons with John when I was 8 yrs old. I recently came back to the game from baseball I couldn’t have gone to a better person - he helped me break 80 in less than a year. I’d recommend John to anyone of any age.

Jake Romano

John's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

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 80

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

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John's Facilities

Full Circle Golf

Berlin CT


Full Circle Golf is a 6 bay indoor golf facility that offers golf instruction, practice, club fitting and virtual golf. Our customers have the option to get started with a one hour lesson/assessment that will create a path to reaching their goals. They can also work on their game while having video feedback and play virtual golf at some of the top golf courses in the world.

*Coaching available to public

170 Deming Road, Berlin, CT 06037

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