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Sam Giallombardo

Academy Director - The Operation 36 Golf Academy - Keith Hills


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Lillington, NC
The Operation 36 Golf Academy - Keith Hills

About Sam

A Golf Coach who is passionate about getting beginners and intermediate players playing golf and shooting Par or Better for 9 holes!

Sam is the Academy Director and Director of Instruction for the Operation 36 Golf Academy which is located at Keith Hills Golf Club, the home course to Operation 36 Golf.

There he runs, tests and helps to develop Operation 36 programming for the 500+ golf courses running Operation 36 programming worldwide.

He loves this wonderful game and is passionate about advancing the game of golf to anyone interested in learning to play!

A Retired US Navy Sailor, Sam is passionate about improving beginners, intermediate and advanced golfers and advancing them enough to shoot Par or Better for 9 holes!

Sam Giallombardo is a Level 3 PGA Associate, and since retiring from the Navy in 2014, he teaches using the best technology available in which to measure students and develop with them an improvement plan that best suits the student's improvement goals based on those measurements.

Why guess when you can measure! Three things which make Sam an effective teacher are:

  1. Sam’s past military medical expertise while serving as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman for the Navy allows him an enhanced understanding of the concepts of body movement and their relationship in the golf swing. This enables him to more effectively communicate in different ways so the student can more easily understand what they must do to execute moves correctly. He constantly seeks to improve and continues to learn from others.

  2. Having many mentors along the way has helped guide his thoughts and ideas based on their many years of experience.

  3. He is able to take what he has learned from his many hours of learning, practicing, and giving lessons to students and applies it to improve, not just his own skill-set, but uses his experience to improve the skills of his students. For without the dedication of committed students, progress would not be possible.





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Since joining the Men’s Academy I’ve taken an average of six strokes off my game. I’ve met a great bunch of guys to play with and I get to work with Coach Sam who is extremely knowledge bowl and friendly!

-Neal Eichhorn
Sam'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

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Have more fun on the course

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 90

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Earn a college golf scholarship

Students & Lessons

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Skills & Tools

Improve with Sam.

Full Swing
Short Game
Course Strategy
Tournament Strategy
Social Engagement
Wedge Play
Wind Play
Sam's Facilities

The Operation 36 Golf Academy - Keith Hills

Lillington NC


A 6 level golf program in Buies Creek, NC where we are Challenging all ages & abilities to shoot par or better for 9 holes.

*Coaching available to public


48 Parkwood Cir, Lillington, NC 27546-9708

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