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Verdict Ridge
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Improve Your Game at Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

The Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club Pro Shop is staffed with some of the most personable people that you will find at any golf club. We strive to make your golfing experience first rate each and every time you come to the club. Golf instruction is available by Class-A Members of the PGA of America. Our pros are available for individual and group instruction for all ages and skill levels. They continually research the golf industry and are knowledgeable on equipment and teaching methods to ensure that each golfer is equipped to take his or her game to the next level.

Golf Members receive free range balls to help them work on their game.

Verdict Instruction Rates Members Non-Members
Head Professional $50 $60
Assistant Professional $40 $50
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Meet Our Golf Professionals

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Billy Powell (Head Golf Professional)

Billy grew up in nearby Gaston County, where he was introduced to the game by his father. He has experience working in junior golf, having served as an instructor for The Clemson Tiger Golf Camp for three years, as well as The First Tee of Lake Norman Program. Billy has a vast array of work experience having worked at Westport Golf Club, Riverbend Golf Club, and Cowans Ford Country Club. Billy came to Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club in 1999 as an Assistant Golf Professional and became the Head Golf Professional in 2004.  Billy enjoys teaching golf and making golf a better game, one student at a time.  Billy is a Class-A Member of the PGA of America, and currently resides in Dallas, NC with his wife Dana.

Blair Smith  (Assistant Golf Professional)

My name is Blair Smith, and I am very excited to be your new Assistant Golf Professional and Instructor. I am originally from Alabama and played golf at the University of North Alabama and then professionally on the NGA Hooters/Nationwide Tour. I still enjoy playing competitive golf as a club pro and socially with friends. I live in Huntersville, NC with my wife, Debbie, and we have two children. My daughter, Lauren (17), is a rising senior and volleyball player at Hopewell High School. My son, Jordan (23), plays golf for the University of North Alabama.
I have been in the golf business for 22 years and have a passion for teaching. I served as the Director of Instruction and also Assistant Golf Professional at Birkdale from 2007-2016. I am most proud that our Junior program at Birkdale started with 25-30 kids and by 2012, our number grew to 425 kids participating in a variety of programs. Our players became more confident, comfortable and passionate about the game. Most recently, I have taught at Cabarrus Country Club, Davidson College and continued personal instruction with many of my students in the area.
I am a very driven PGA golf coach, teacher and mentor to people of all ages. My goal is to increase participation at Verdict for juniors and adults of all abilities. I look forward to working with club members in group sessions and I will also be available for individual lessons to men, ladies and juniors.