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Craig Hocknull, PGA

PGA Certified Professional
PGA Crest

Rye, NY
Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY

About Craig

You will absolutely be a better golfer after working with me. You’ll develop a much greater understanding of all parts of the game of golf. I always make your lesson extremely simple and fun. It’s all about achieving your goals and getting results that exceed your expectations. After I determine the root causes of your golf struggles I will provide you with a very clear plan for fixing them. I've helped thousands of golfers achieve their goals, so I am confident that I can help you!

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Major & Tour Playing Experience: Shriner's Open - PGA Tour - Las Vegas, NV - 2023 WM Open - PGA Tour - Scottsdale, AZ - 2022 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open - PGA Tour - Las Vegas, NV - 2020 PGA Championship - Bethpage, Farmingdale, (Long Island), NY - 2019 PGA Championship - Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO - 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open - PGA Tour - Scottsdale, AZ - 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Member - 2011, 2012, 2013 PGA Tour of Canada Member - 2010, 2011

PGA Section Major Wins: Southwest PGA Section Championship - 2021 Southwest PGA Spring Masters - 2021 Southwest PGA Spring Masters - 2020 Southwest PGA Matchplay Championship - 2018 Southwest PGA Professional Championship - 2017 Southwest PGA Section Championship - 2016 Arizona Open Championship - 2013 Southwest PGA Matchplay Championship - 2013

Credentials: PGA of America Class A Member Advanced Certified in Teaching & Coaching PGA of America Class A Member Advanced Certified in Player Development PGA of Australia member Advanced Certified in Teaching & Player Development PGA of Canada Member Advanced Certified Bachelor of Science. Sports Therapy 3.85 GPA - Jackson State University - 1997

Awards & Recognition: Teacher of the Year - Utah PGA - 2020 Teacher of the Year - Southwest PGA - 2014 Player Development Professional (PGA National Finalist) - Southwest PGA - 2014 Player of the year - Southwest PGA - 2013 Youth Player Development Award - Southwest PGA - 2013

Employment: PGA Senior Teaching Assistant Professional - Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY PGA Lead Assistant and Senior Teaching Professional at GlenArbor Golf Club - Bedford Hills, New York Director of Instruction - Glenwild Golf Club #1 Course in Utah - 2014 to 2022 Director of Instruction - Silverleaf Club - 2014 to 2019 Owner, Inventor and Director of Instruction - Saber Golf - 2014 to Present




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I have loved working with Craig since day one. It’s really hard to express how wonderful of a golf instructor and human being he is. I’ve had lessons from so many top instructors around the world, and none of them compare to Craig.



OMG my coach is AWESOME! His methods may be a little bit different at first, but the results speak from themselves. I recommend Craig 100% to everyone of my friends and family.



Craig not only has coached me but also my wife and kids. I’m a 30 Yr plus low handicap golfer and my wife and kids are beginners. It doesn’t seem to matter who he’s working with the results are simply amazing.



I’ve played this game at a high level for many years. I don’t always work with the same pros. What I found refreshing with Craig is that he is extremely protective of my success recipe, and he would never do anything to compromise that.



My son will now play college golf and possibly be on the PGA tour. None of this would’ve been possible without Craig. He is a Tour quality player and an amazing mentor and swing coach. We cannot say enough positive things about our coach.


Craig'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

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

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Craig's Facilities

Westchester Country Club

Rye NY


The Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York has hosted many memorable events over its history. The Thunderbird Classic came to Westchester in 1963, with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus winning two of the first three years. The Thunderbird continued annually until 1967 when it became the Westchester Classic. Ben Hogan played his final competitive round at the Classic on July 5, 1970. The event morphed again and was re-named the Westchester Buick Classic and later, The Barclays. These events were considered “tune-ups” for the U.S. Open with hard, fast greens, tight fairways and high rough. But Members and Pros alike enjoy the course for its beautiful landscaping, premier conditioning and perpetual challenge. If you love golf, Westchester Country Club provides the facilities and caring employees that compare favorably to any club in the world.

99 Biltmore Ave, Rye, NY 10580-1837