Golf Instruction Team
Ken Hilton, Staff Instructor
At age 12 I started playing in local junior golf tournaments run by the NTPGA. This was an awesome learning experience and today I encourage the juniors I teach to play in the same events. By age 14 I began to play at the national level and was the captain of my high school golf team. The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) gave me the national exposure that most junior golfers need if wanting to play at the collegiate level. High school golf tournaments along with summer tournaments at the local and national level propelled me into a college golf career. Sam Houston State University is where I accepted a Division I golf scholarship.
I was very fortunate at a young age to have worked with some of the top golf instructors in the country. In high school I took golf lessons from Hank Haney who worked with the #1 golfer in the world, Tiger Woods. While in college I began working with Randy Smith who at the time was teaching such PGA Tour players like Justin Leonard. These world renown golf instructors not only made me the player I became, but also heavily influenced the way that I teach the game today. After my college golf career came to an end I moved to Myrtle Beach, SC. While living there I played at the professional level for 2 years and then was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. Not able to compete anymore, I decided to stay close to the game I loved so much and did the next best thing which was to start my career as a PGA Professional working and teaching at high-end facilities in various parts of the country. Once I had learned how to run a basic golf operation I returned to DFW to be closer to my family and explore the Club Professional opportunities here. I became a Pro at Tour 18 Dallas in 2000 and was able to get more involved with golf instruction. From there I left to open up Lantana Golf Club where over the next four years I continued to develop my teaching approach and philosophy.
From Lantana Golf Club I was presented an opportunity to go to Aspen, CO and be a part of one of the most exclusive golf clubs in Colorado. The experience was very rewarding but as a true Texas native the winters there were not very enjoyable for me. I prefer a climate that allows me to be able to play and teach golf year round. In the years prior to coming to Bridlewood Golf Club I found true happiness in devoting my time to teaching the game of golf. It is exceedingly rewarding to be able to teach and improve many different golfer’s from all walks of life.