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Thomas C Coffman, PGA

Head Golf Professional


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Durham, NC
Hillandale Golf Course

About Tom

Tom joins Hillandale Golf Course as the Head Golf Professional with 35 years in the golf industry; becoming a PGA Member in 1991. A native of Durham, Tom began playing golf at at the age of 10 at Hillandale Golf Course and Duke University Golf Course. Tom graduated from Jordan High School in 1980 where he played on the golf team. After attending Elon University for a couple of years, Tom transferred to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. While at Ferris, Tom played on the golf team and led the team to numerous team tournament wins, seven medalist honors, 1986 GLIAC Conference Championship medalist, and was elected to the 1986 NCAA Division II All-American Team while leading Ferris State to a seventh place finish in the NCAA Division II Championship.

After graduation from Ferris, Tom has worked at numerous clubs as an Assistant Professional in the Carolina's PGA, including Duke University Golf Course, before becoming the General Manager at Asheboro Country Club. He later became the General Manager at Reston National Golf Course in Virginia and then Regional Manager over the four county courses in Prince William County, VA. Tom’s most recent role was as the General Manager at the Golf Galaxy store in Rockville, MD.

Tom has been involved with Special Olympics, The First Tee, Adaptive Golf, and Play Golf America. Tom directed the Triangle Junior Interclub while at Duke and enjoys teaching all levels of players.

Tom’s Teaching Philosophy Tom believes in keeping the game FUN for all levels of golfers. Tom has learned that there is no single way to teach; every person and every swing is individually approached. Working with the student, understanding the goals and observing the swing, Tom develops a plan for success and guides the student to learn about her/his individual swing.

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Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

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Have more fun on the course

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Hillandale Golf Course

Durham NC

Hillandale Golf Course was donated to the Durham, NC community in 1911 through the philanthropic interests of long-time Durham resident John Sprunt Hill. The original nine holes were designed by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross, with the remaining nine designed by Perry Maxwell. In 1960, the Hillandale Golf Course was moved to its current location and was redesigned by George Cobb, who designed the Surf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.. A Leader in the Durham/Research Triangle Park Community Hillandale Golf Course strives to be a Durham/RTP community leader by hosting many special interest groups, such as Special Olympics, Swing Pals, The First Tee, and Adaptive Golf. Whether enjoying a great round of golf or shopping for golf equipment at one of the best golf shops in the country, come discover for yourself what the Durham/RTP, NC area already knows about Hillandale Golf Course…..At Hillandale Golf Course, enjoy the experience and satisfaction of a great golf facility!

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1600 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705-3038

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