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Mike Paukovits, PGA

PGA Teaching Professional
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Philadelphia, PA
Mike Paukovits Golf Academy, Philadelphia, PA

About Mike

Mike’s passion for the game of golf has been growing ever since his dad got him his first set of clubs and took him to the driving range when he was eight years old. His father, William, played golf for LaSalle College and taught Mike how to play the game. Originally from Nazareth, PA, Mike began his career in the golf business working at Whitetail Golf Club and honing his game. During the summer months, Mike would spend countless hours on the range and short game areas at Whitetail. He loved every minute of it and Mike soon found that he enjoyed competing as well. Mike joined his high school team where he was number one man his senior year at Nazareth High School. Mike also competed in numerous local junior golf events during the summer months. He learned how to win at a young age and this only added to his confidence and fueled his drive to be a competitive golfer. Mike would go on to win three Club Championships at Whitetail Golf Club. He was also a successful collegiate golfer beginning at Northampton Community College where he won the Junior College State Championship his freshmen year at Penn State’s Blue Golf Course. After two years at NCC he transferred to East Stroudsburg University, where he graduated in 2004 with a degree in Business Management.

Upon graduating college, Mike enrolled in the PGA program and became a Class “A” PGA Professional in three years. His career as a Professional began at Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood, PA where he worked for Head Professional Eric Shillinger. Eric convinced Mike to spend a winter season in Florida working for the Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Resort and Spa near Miami. It was during his six month stint at the McLean school that Mike realized his passion for teaching the game of golf. He became a Jim McLean Certified Instructor and continues to teach the McLean system, which has become a major part of his teaching philosophy. Mike also spent a couple of winters working at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Florida. Jupiter Hills is the home of Bill Davis, one of the top instructors in Florida. Mike learned a lot from Bill and admires his approach to golf instruction as well. Mike also credits great teachers such as Christopher Toulson, Glen Farnsworth, Jared Isaacs, Michael Hunt, Tommie Marino, Bobby Cole, and Dr. Robert Neal for influencing his career. Mike also spent a winter working in the golf department at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Easton, PA. He is proud of the diverse experience he has working for the largest golf retailer in the country, the #1 Golf School in America, and some of the best private golf clubs in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Mike competed in several State Amateur tournaments as well as several state open championships in Pennsylvania. He continues to compete in PGA of America events in both the Philadelphia PGA Section and at the national level. In 2011, Mike qualified for and competed in the PGA National Assistants Championship at the PGA Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mike credits his father’s subtle way of instruction growing up, never pushing him into golf, as the key to unlocking his potential. His father was smart enough to know that the lessons the game of golf teach, to build character, a positive attitude, and integrity, would become a part of Mike’s character. His parents enjoy watching their son compete and his Dad enjoys competing in Pro-Ams with Mike as well as occasionally caddying for his son in tournaments. Mike also cherishes the time spent with both his mother and father on the golf course while playing a casual round of golf. His love of competition, constant desire to improve, and passion for coaching others to play better golf, has been a strong motivation in his professional career. Mike’s wife, Nikki, is a Registered Nurse at Jefferson Hospital and he enjoys spending time with her when he is away from the golf course.

Mike enjoyed a two year stint as First Assistant Golf Professional at Stonewall in Elverson, PA. He enjoyed his time spent at Stonewall learning from their Golf Professional Emeritus, Ted McKenzie. In 2012, Mike accepted the Senior Assistant Golf Professional position at St. Davids Golf Club in Wayne, PA and remained in that role for two seasons. In 2014, he decided to pursue a career teaching the game full time. That transition led to his role as the club's PGA Teaching Professional from 2014 - 2019. He spends the winter months attending numerous educational seminars as well as the PGA’s Demo Day and Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Mike currently teaches at a few of the area's best indoor golf simulator locations. He teaches at Play-a-Round Golf's two locations in Malvern and Ardmore as well as Five Iron Golf with two locations in Philadelphia. Mike also conducts 9 hole on-course coaching sessions at several public golf courses in the Philadelphia area.






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"Amazing teacher. Mike is one the best golf coaches out there. He was essential in my preparation for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament and also very hands on in helping my son with his first few golf lessons."

Kyle Lowry | NBA Point Guard, Miami Heat | 2019 NBA World Champion


"Mike is very knowledgeable and very friendly. The lesson was geared to what I needed and I felt I picked up many tips for improving. Mike makes the lesson fun and enjoyable."

Betty Dawson | West Chester, PA


"You’re an awesome teacher, thanks for helping so much in my continuous improvement, I’m a much more confident player today than I was in May.”

Patrick O'Brien | Berwyn, PA


"Mike, thank you! I'm at a loss for words to describe how good you are. I think you are an excellent teacher who is patient and creative enough to find the best way to help your students. We are so lucky to have you at St Davids."

Sharon Byrne | Wayne, PA


“I had my best round ever today and my score is definitely due to your good instruction. Thank you for your patience with me throughout this process!”

Dave Seavey | Wayne, PA

Mike's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

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 90

Add 10 yards

Earn a college golf scholarship

Break 100

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Prepare for Tournament Golf

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Mike's Facilities

Mike Paukovits Golf Academy

Philadelphia PA

*Coaching available to public

2116 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philadelphia PA

*Coaching available to public

2116 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4496

Ardmore PA

*Coaching available to public

56 Greenfield Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003-1204

Malvern PA

*Coaching available to public

Lincoln Court Center, Malvern, PA 19355-3607