Director of Golf
Mike has been one of the most in-demand golf instructors in NYC for the past nine years, giving over 8,000 hours of lessons exclusively on golf simulators. Mike has worked and taught at a number of golf courses and is very aware of the struggles the city golfer faces. He has developed a teaching style that allows golfers to maximize their own limited practice time and space. Mike prides himself on taking away the intimidation factor of learning to play golf and has turned many raw beginners into avid golfers who look forward to playing with clients or for fun instead of seeing it as a burden. He also has coached a host of serious golfers, including collegiate players and local club champions. Every golf swing is unbelievably unique and Mike believes they should be treated that way. Tips and ideas that may work for one player may be the exact opposite for another, and Mike is an expert on developing specific concepts and drills that make sense for the goals of each individual.
Mike started playing golf at the age of nine and quickly took to the game. He was a four-year varsity high school golfer and an all-county player. While attending Siena College, he began teaching during his summers while working at several clubs on Long Island. After graduating, Mike became an assistant golf professional at Brynwood G&CC and finished first in the PGA's playing ability test.
Senior Golf Professional
Brad is a highly recognized and decorated golf teaching professional. In 2016, he was named the MET PGA Professional of the Year. Golf Digest recognized him as the 2nd Best Teacher in Connecticut in 2007 and included him on the Best Teachers in State List (Connecticut) from 2000-2015.
During his coaching career, Brad has taught four Club Champions of Winged Foot and nine Club Champions at Brooklawn. He has coached over 20 college golf players, including the number one player at Cal Berkeley, the number two women’s player at Dartmouth, and several Connecticut State High School Champions.
Brad was Arccos Golf’s first Advisor for four years and was a Nike Golf Advisor for nine years. He proposed and helped establish the First Tee of Fairfield County in 2003 and served on the Metropolitan Section’s First Tee Board in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, he was an officer in the MET PGA from 2000 to 2016 and served as its President in 2013 and 2014.
As a competitive player, Brad won over 20 professional golf tournaments worldwide, playing in 3 PGA Tour Events and 9 Sectional US Open Qualifiers over four decades. His titles include the MET PGA Assistants Championship, the MET Open Pro-Am at Winged Foot, and the Westchester Open Pro-Am champion at Hudson National.
Known for his smile and quick wit, Brad is an encouraging, knowledgeable coach who sets realistic goals with his students and coaches them for long-term improvement, often dropping their handicap 20 to 30 percent in a matter of months. He enjoys coaching players at all levels, from beginners to tour players.
Senior Golf Professional
Tom Sutter was recognized as one of the Top 50 PGA teaching professionals in America by Golf Range Magazine. He was named the Metropolitan PGA Section Teacher of the year and has been nominated for both National PGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Magazine's Top 100 PGA Instructors. Golf Magazine selected him as one of the Top PGA Instructors in the Northeast.
Tom won the New England Open, Long Island Open and Westchester Open and has competed in the US Open, Australian Open, South African Open and the finals of the European Tour School. Tom's most recent victory was at the 2013 Metropolitan PGA Senior Championship, defeating all the top senior players in New York.
Tom has worked extensively with Jim McLean, was the Director of Instruction at Chelsea Piers, and has given golf instruction to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Vice Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro and actress Janet Jones.
Tom has appeared on Good Morning America representing the PGA and has been featured on CBS's Inside the PGA TOUR highlighting his play at the Barclays Classic.
James started playing at 5 years old and gained an adult handicap by the age of 11. He competed for his school and won several adult tournaments growing up as well as his Junior National Championship 3 times. He played Division 1 College Golf as well as represented his State and National Team. He turned professional in 2001 and played professional events in Europe and Asia. Since moving to the US his playing time has consisted of the Local professional events including the Met Open, New York State Open and US Open qualifiers.
His teaching knowledge and expertise comes from some 10,000 hours of lessons over nearly 2 decades of teaching across 3 continents. Initial training came from working with a variety of European Tour Coaches based in Dubai during his youth, this continued with Peter Cowan Academy during College years and GB&I National Coaching Staff. His teaching tenures include an Elite Junior Summer Programs in Europe, Onboard Teaching Academy with Elite Golf Cruises, Peter Cowan Academy in Dubai, Chelsea Piers Golf Academy, the Golf Channel Academy and currently at Five Iron Golf.
His other expertise is in equipment starting with tenures as two years as Equipment Specialist for Direct Golf UK, two seasons as Technical Representative for Titleist and Ping in Dubai, UAE, three years establishing and operating building in-House Custom Fitting Program, two seasons as Technical and Sales Representative for Cleveland Golf/Srixon and four years operating his own independent golf store.
He has gained valuable experience from working with some of the world’s top golf instructors, engineers and guru’s. James has been a member of the European Golf Teachers Federation since 2002 and the PGA of America since 2008.
Susan, a former LPGA golf touring professional, graduated from Wellesley College and earned her masters degree in Sport Psychology. After playing all four years on the Varsity team, she made a name for herself in the amateur circuit playing in national golf events. In 2008, she turned professional and appeared on The Golf Channel’s TV show The Big Break Ka’anapali.
She was taught by PGA coach Bill McInerney and was a performance coach at MyGolfingGoals Academy, now known as KOHR Academy for eight years where she worked with students of all ages and levels. Her lessons incorporate swing techniques and mental skills to give you the total experience of both physical and mental aspects of the golf game. She is Levels 1 & 2, TPI Certified. Susan also brings a unique perspective to golf as she has both playing and coaching experience.
Fun fact: Susan has four holes-in-one and can't wait for her next one.
Susan is looking forward to helping you reach your potential.
PGA Teaching Professional Dan McCracken hails from the small island town of Margate, New Jersey. Being introduced to golf at an early age, Dan became immediately fascinated with the golf swing and it’s ability to maneuver ball flight. Wanting to gain proximity to golf at a higher level, Dan took a job at Galloway National Golf Club. After four years on the high school golf team and working at Galloway National, Dan knew the golf swing was his biggest passion and it needed to become a career.
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a major in PGA Golf Management, Dan began working and teaching at a number of high-end private golf and country clubs. Over his ten years at private clubs Dan has spent time at Canoe Brook Country Club, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, Siwanoy Country Club, Medalist Golf Club, The Apawamis Club, and Congressional Country Club. In this time, Dan has had the privilege to observe and study from some of the game’s foremost Teaching and Playing Professionals.
Naming influences from too many instructors to count, Dan prides himself on a unique teaching style with a strong emphasis on helping his clients reach their goals in the most efficient manor possible. As a devoted student of swing mechanics and a self-described “feel” golfer, Dan believes in having his students fully understand their own swing tendencies while keeping performance strategies as simple as possible. Dan has over a decade of both private and group coaching experience; having worked with skill levels ranging from beginners all the way to scratch handicaps and professionals. Of all the facets of the game Dan teaches, potentially his favorite is teaching his students how to gain more speed and distance.