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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 $80 $100
Assistant Professional $50 $60
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Meet Our Golf Professionals

Jim Lusk (Head Golf Professional)


Jim was born and raised in Arkport, NY and has lived and worked in the Metropolitan PGA since 1999. Jim is a graduate and two-time All-American at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. In his first professional event, he successfully qualified for and played in the 1999 Buick Classic at Westchester Country Club. He has taught and coached five junior golfers that have gone on to play successfully at the college level.  Jim has served various roles within the Metropolitan PGA, most recently as Tournament Chairman from 2017-2020. He brings vast experience within the golf industry including teaching, club fitting, golf shop management, tournament operations, member services and personnel development.

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.

 

Jake Haynes (Assistant Golf Professional)

Jake has worked in the golf industry for 3 years. Jake joins our team from Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington NC. He is a recent graduate from NC State University and their PGA Golf Management Program.