Anchor Golf Center

Anchor Golf Center

25 employees
47 years in business

About this pro

Chris McDermott, a PGA Professional with 17 years of teaching experience. Chris was born and raised in Sussex County, where he attended High Point Regional HS and played on the varsity golf team for 4 years. During his senior year in high school, Chris truly fell in love with the game and decided he wanted to have a career in the golf business. Chris attended the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, double majoring in Business Management and Marketing.

During college, Chris passed his player ability test and turned professional when he was 18. After college Chris got his start as the First Assistant Golf Professional at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in the Poconos. While at Shawnee, Chris served as a lead instructor at the Tillinghast Golf Academy. This is where he found his love for teaching the game to students of all abilities. He also served as Director of the NIKE Junior Golf Camps. After Shawnee, Chris returned home to New Jersey and has worked here since. Chris has had the opportunity to work at some at the best clubs in New Jersey including Crestmont CC, Basking Ridge CC, Picatinny Golf Club, and Cherry Valley CC. While working at Basking Ridge CC, Chris qualified for and competed in the PGA Assistant Professional Championship. He enjoys competing in local PGA events and has multiple NJPGA victories to his credit. Most recently Chris spent the last two seasons as the Head Golf Professional at The Architects Golf Club. While at Architects, Chris also served as the director of all instructional programs where he designed and implemented a full schedule of teaching programs for students of all ages and abilities.

Chris’ teaching philosophy revolves around his belief that no one method of teaching can be universally effective for all students. Every student learns differently and he molds his teaching methods to fit the individual needs of each of them.  While his methods change from student to student, Chris believes that no student will improve to his/her potential without enjoying the learning process. “Teaching students who love the game as much as I do is where I have the most enjoyment as an instructor. When my students are passionate about improving the game they love, the learning process becomes easier for them. My job as an instructor is to not stop until each of my students attains a goal they have been aiming to achieve. After they have reached each goal, the bar must be raised and we map out the road to achieving their next goal. The learning process is always in motion and everyone can improve to make the game more and more enjoyable”.

During his spare time, besides for playing golf, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and their two children, Peyton, 5 and Charlie 1.5. He also enjoys watching sports and is an avid NY Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan and loves rooting on his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The process begins with an interview of the student to undertand what their goals and expectations are. We then map out a road to attaining these goals together that works with both of our schedules.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a PGA Professional since 2007 and have been teaching golf lessons since 2000. I have atended 2 PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits and many other PGA sponsored seminars on teaching. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$65/ 30 Minute Lessons

$120/ 1-Hour Lessson

Packae of (5) 30-Minute Lessons $295 (10% Discount)

Package of (5) 1-Hour Lessons $540 (10% Discount)

Package of (10) 30-Minute Lessons $585 (15% Discount)

Package of (10) 1-Hour Lessons $1020 (15% Discount)

How did you get started teaching?

I became a very good golfer towards the end of high school and decided this is wha I wanted to do for a career. At the age of 18 I passed my Playing Ability Test with the PGA of America and turned professional. After a couple of years of entry level positions where I spent time learning, I found a passion for teaching. The rest as they say is history.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, genders, and abilities. I have also worked with students with mental and learning disabilities and also sudents with physical limitations like veterans of the military and others who have had amputations etc.  

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

As a student myself who takes lessons from one of my colleagues, the key is to find someone that you enjoy spending time with, can develop a relationship with, but more than anything, someone who you believe is an expert in their field and can truly help you imprve.

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