PGA/LPGA Professional Spotlight

Michael Vardeman

Director of Instruction, La Cantera Golf Club

Michael Vardeman
Michael Vardeman

Current position: Director of Instruction, La Cantera Golf Club, San Antonio, Texas.
Previous position: Head Teaching Professional, La Cantera Golf Club.
Years as a PGA Professional: 24, Class A.
Top achievements / honors: South Texas PGA Teacher of the Year (2008).


What app is a must-have on your phone? SportsBox AI
What book(s) would you recommend? "Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime In Golf," by Harvey Penick; "Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect," by Bob Rotella.
Who are your favorite golfers? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
What is your most memorable round of golf? With friends and family.

The First Call: What made you want to pursue a career in golf?
Michael Vardeman: Golf is my passion.

TFC: What is your favorite instructional tip to share with a golfer?
MV: Having a good fundamental setup.

TFC: What advice do you have for someone considering a career in golf?
MV: Pursue your passion. It's very rewarding work, especially for me as a teacher. This has been my love for almost 40 years.

TFC: What is the best advice you have received on your career path?
MV: Always continue to learn from the best in your field. I have been so fortunate in my career to be around and learn from the best in the world over my career.

TFC: Is there a particular area of your job that you find most rewarding?
MV: Relationships and watching students improve, so rewarding.

TFC: What is one challenge you currently see in the industry? Thoughts on how to address it?
MV: Pace of play.

TFC: Do you have a preferred style or philosophy for teaching golf?
MV: Keep it simple and stress fundamentals.

TFC: Where is there room for growth within the industry?
MV: Our kids and young adults are the future, so anything we can do to make it fun and affordable is great.

TFC: When you look at your career, in what area(s) do you believe you have evolved for the better?
MV: I am a much better communicator and have learned with the golf swing that less is more. Harvey Penick taught me that valuable lesson.

TFC: How does being a PGA Professional add value to your brand?
MV: Much more creditable.