Head Golf Professional Dave Schmaltz, PGA

Head Golf Professional Dave Schmaltz leads the Exmoor Golf Professional staff to high acclaim for event organization, instruction and overall professionalism, including 2017 honors by the Illinois PGA Section as “Merchandiser of the Year” for private clubs.

Dave Schmaltz is the first Exmoor Head Golf Professional to have earned a college degree in Professional Golf Management, a curriculum he enhanced through several meaningful internships at prominent country clubs.

A native of Cleveland, OH, Schmaltz was named Exmoor’s thirteenth Head Golf Professional in 2013, at age 29. Schmaltz majored in Professional Golf Management and Marketing at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Before graduating in 2005, he interned at Cantigny Golf Club, Wheaton, IL; The Sagamore Club, Noblesville, IN and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Jupiter, FL. Upon graduation in 2005, he was granted membership into the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) and returned to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Jupiter as an Assistant Golf Professional. In April 2006, he was named an Assistant Golf Professional at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. He returned in October 2006 to The Ritz-Carlton Club, Jupiter as an Assistant Golf Professional, then moved in July of 2007 to Jupiter Hills Club, where he became the 1st Assistant Golf Professional and worked under his mentor, Brian Boushie, Director of Golf.

Since arriving to Exmoor, Schmaltz has sought to raise the level of personal service to Members and guests. This effort, he believes, has permeated all aspects of the golf operation, from improved member communications, to event organization and a greater selection of high quality golf apparel. Member surveys have shown high levels of satisfaction, and in 2017, he was recognized by his peers of the Illinois PGA Section and named “Merchandiser of the Year” for private clubs.   Schmaltz has definite ideas on instruction: “My teaching philosophy is one of simplicity and a focus on perfecting the fundamentals. I like working with players of all abilities and ages to help them develop a total understanding of the swing. My goal is to coach students to their full potential, with an emphasis on the short game. Good golf swings are not developed in one lesson, and progress takes time and effort. If a student is committed to improving their game, success will follow.”  

Schmaltz values his experiences as an Assistant Golf Professional:  the high service ethic he learned at the Ritz-Carlton; the focus on quality member service at Congressional and Jupiter Hills; and the discipline he gained at Jupiter Hills to run the daily golf operation of a premier private club. These experiences, he believes, helped him to prepare for success as the Head Golf Professional at Exmoor.

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