Fiddler's Elbow possesses one of the finest staffs of golf professionals in the country. Members benefit from knowledgeable and distinguished staff devoted to providing the best experience.
Our golf program is filled with a host of unique member tournaments and learning opportunities for golfers of all skill levels to enjoy. The Club offers instruction for men, ladies, boys and girls by expert PGA & LPGA Professionals. Private lessons, clinics, golf schools and camps are customized to the individual or group's needs.
Fiddler’s Elbow is proud to welcome acclaimed golf professional George Deitz as our new Director of Golf. Perhaps George is best known for his long tenure as Director of Golf at Canoe Brook Country Club, but his resume includes a stint as Head Assistant Professional at Baltusrol, and Head Professional jobs at Bay Tree Golf Club in Winter Haven, Florida, Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, and Cohasset Golf Club in Massachusetts. George’s journey to becoming an accomplished golf professional began when he discovered the game as a caddy at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Born and raised in the neighboring town of Lewisburg, he taught himself how to play golf on the exceptional courses of the five-star resort, and discovered his passion for the game. He would later return to The Greenbrier as an Assistant Professional after college. George was mentored at Baltusrol by one of the great club pros of all time, the legendary Bob Ross. That experience included managing the corporate merchandising operations during Baltusrol’s hosting of the 1993 US Open Championship Tournament. Through the years, George has become one of the more well-known and respected professionals in the New Jersey PGA section. Under his directorship, Canoe Brook was named many times to the Platinum Clubs of America, an achievement we know well here at Fiddler’s.
George attended Erskine College in South Carolina on a golf and academic scholarship. On the golf team, he earned the position as their captain and most valuable player his senior year. He graduated with a BS Degree in Business Management. George has two children including his 15-year-old daughter Kylie and 14-year-old son Ashby.
Director of Instruction
It's a new era for Fiddler's Elbow as we welcome "The Swing Doctor" Mike Adams to head our golf instruction program. According to Director of Golf George Deitz, "Mike is without a doubt the finest teacher in New Jersey and one of the most sought-after instructors in the country. Mike has dedicated his life to improving the game of golf for all levels of golfers."
Mike has incredible credentials. Highlights include being named 2016 PGA National Teacher of the Year. He is a member of the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame having been elected in the class of 2016 along with Butch Harmon, Jim McLean, Jim Hardy, David Leadbetter and Chuck Cook. He has been ranked by Golf Digest as the #2 teacher in the country, is a perennial GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher, has taught 5 Presidents, and multiple winners on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour.
Jim Hardy recently commented, "Mike Adams is one the best teachers in the world and brings great information and a passion for helping people in every lesson."
"With Mike at the helm," says George, "we are raising the bar on our entire game improvement program, including lessons, clinics, camps and the academy. You can expect more from our staff and your game when you train at Fiddler's Elbow in 2019 and beyond.
Head Golf Professional
Ryan first became a staff member at Fiddler's Elbow during an internship in 2010, most recently serving as an Assistant Golf Professional from 2014 until 2016. His passion for golf events grew quickly while attending Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC where he was enrolled in the PGA Golf Management program. Having been a part of our team for 5 full years, his knowledge of the event planning aspects of the operation will undoubtedly serve him well as he makes his transition into the role of Golf Outing Coordinator.
Jeremy Eccles, PGA
Golf Coach and Head of Junior Development
Jeremy has one goal for all his students; to gain the ability to believe in yourself and therefore have more enjoyment on the golf course!
Jeremy is a PGA Class 'A' Professional, Titleist Staff Member, Titliest Certified Club Fitter, and Titleist Performance Institute Certified Instructor in the expertise of fitness, golf instruction, golf biomechanics, and junior coaching. Jeremy has spent the last decade teaching the game of golf at some of the top-100 facilities and courses that have hosted PGA, LPGA, Q-School, USGA and NCAA tournaments. Spending the last 6 years at The Club at PGA WEST in La Quinta, California where he assisted in the facilitation of PGA Tour's Career Builder Challenge, Humana Challenge, and Bob Hope Classic.
Jeremy's success in golf started early as he was a member of a Division One High School State Championship and played collegiant golf at Johnson & Wales University where he earned his bachelors degree in Sports/ Entertainment/ Event Management.
Jeremy specializes in short game instruction and the body-swing connection. Jeremy believes building a better golf game starts with a plan suited to the individual. Jeremy offers coaching programs to reach your short and long term goals.
Brandee Poandl, LPGA
Brandee has joined our professional staff with a specific responsibility to manage our Ladies’ golf programs.
Brandee’s passion for golf began early, on a small course behind her parent's home in Miles City, Montana. She earned a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a specialty in Professional Golf Management from New Mexico State University and is a member of the LPGA.
Previously, Brandee was employed by Canoe Brook Country Club, Admiral's Cove Golf Club, Hollywood Golf Club and Metedeconk National Golf Club. Married to fellow golf professional Paul Poandl, Brandee now lives in Frenchtown with her children Payton and Trey.
In her free time Brandee enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.According to GM Tom Hurley, “Brandee’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious. She is a terrific addition to our team and is uniquely qualified to lead our Ladies’ golf programs.”
Not only can you expect to see Brandee in the shop, at the practice facilities and on the courses, but stay tuned as she, Caitlin and Whitney are planning some Ladies-centric golf trips that you won’t want to miss.
Kathy Hart Wood, LPGA
One of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Women Instructors, Kathy Hart Wood is a several year veteran at Fiddler’s Elbow, where she has provided instruction to club members, while maintaining her connection to students throughout the country. She frequently conducts women’s and junior golf clinics. She has traveled the world, competing on the European, Korean, Australian and South African tours.
Mark Wood, PGA
Joining his wife Kathy on the Fiddler’s Elbow golf staff, Master Instructor Mark Wood is recognized as one of America’s top teachers. Over his 25-year career in the golf business Mark has been associated with some of the finest clubs around the country. While the clubs are famous in their own right, it is instruction that really sets him apart. Being listed on both Golf Magazine's and Golf Digest Top Instructor list for many years, Mark currently teaches PGA star Bo Van Pelt, ranked 28th in the world. For Fiddler’s Elbow, Mark provides private instruction and develops special programs and events for the club’s membership.
Dr. Nick Molinaro
Consulting Sport Psychologist
Dr. Nick Molinaro is a licensed psychologist with 35 years’ experience. He specializes in mental preparation and performance enhancement for athletes and executives, counseling psychology and sport psychology. Providing support as a counselor-coach-confidant, clients from all walks of life and age groups receive guidance and motivation to help them overcome obstacles in their lives so they can achieve their personal goals. His greatest joy comes from helping his clients succeed.
With a special interest in golf, Dr. Nick works with players on the PGA, LPGA and Web.com Tours, as well as collegiate and elite junior and amateur golfers. His amateur golfers have participated in 3 US Opens, US Amateurs and Mid-Ams, NJ State Opens and Amateurs, and numerous other prestigious events. Dr. Nick has also worked with world class and professional athletes from almost every league, including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, World Series of Poker, competitors in the X Games and members of the US Ski and Gymnastics Teams. Nick is excited to help those at Fiddler's Elbow. You can read more about him on his website.