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Brian E. Knechtly, PGA

PGA Director of Golf Operations


PGA Crest

Athens, OH
Athens Country Club, Athens, OH

About Brian

I graduated from high school just south of Dayton, Ohio.   Since the age of 15, I knew I wanted to be a PGA Golf Professional.  I attended Miami University while serving my PGA apprenticeship and was employed as a golf professional two days after graduation in Cincinnati.  While in Cincinnati I met my beautiful wife, Cara. After we wed in 2008, we moved to her home town of Charleston, West Virginia where we still live with our two wonderful sons.

Take advantage of my 25 plus years of teaching experience. I believe in the American Developmental Model and the “part to whole method” of building and improving golf swings. Each lesson typically focuses on one “part” of the swing so that once it’s mastered, it becomes part of the “whole” swing. Using this method is effective and keeps the student from being overwhelmed with too many thoughts at one time.

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Brian in Action

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Great golf educator. I had done nothing more than putt-putt when I began, and he helped me understand the game and learn the mechanics well. I will be taking many more lessons with him in the future.

Aaron Bailey


My spouse picked up a Golf Club for the first time and after 2 lessons with Brian we are having fun both at the driving range and her playing best ball with me on the Golf Course.

John Justice


Brian has worked with my daughter for some time now, and she is really seeing results on the course. He is great with juniors and knows how to communicate with them ...

Jason Snodgrass


Everyone needs a golf coach! If you don’t have a golf coach you’re wasting your time and money. Brian is helping me fix my swing flaws to play better golf.

Kevin Arbogast


Brian is the best golf instructor in the area and teaches all ages and skill levels. He will help you hit the ball further, straighter and with more consistency. I have known Brian for several years and enjoy working with him! .

Jack Whitley

Brian'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

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

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Player Type




Playing with disabilities




Brian's Facilities

Athens Country Club

Athens OH


Making improvements to your game on your own is a difficult task; even the best players in the world have coaches. Professional Golf Instruction allows you to find out which parts of your game and swing really need attention and how to fix them. It offers a plan on what’s most important, providing you with a better understanding of this great game so you can reach your goals. ACC Golf Academy Membership is not a requirement to take golf lessons.

*Coaching available to public

7606 Country Club Rd, Athens, OH 45701-8844

Facility Offerings
Short Game Practice Area

ACC Golf Academy offers an area specifically for short game instruction and practice.

Practice Range

ACC Golf Academy's Practice Range has bent grass and artifical turf with Bridgestone practice balls. The range allows for use of every club in your bag.

9 Hole Donald Ross Golf Course

ACC Golf Academy is proud to provide on-course lessons on a Donald Ross designed golf course built in 1921. Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer played for the first time together at Athens CC.

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