About Us

Our mission at Mel Sole Golf School is to be the leader in golf academies, offering top-quality golf instruction at an affordable price. We are committed to providing a learning experience for the individual golfer that results in real and lasting golf improvement. We ensure increased enjoyment of the game for each of our students.

Our History

After a playing career on the South African PGA Tour, Mel Sole turned his focus to teaching under the tutelage of Phil Ritson back in the 70’s. Phil had been coach to Mel and several other Pros, including the renown Gary Player, who were playing the SA PGA Tour.

Mel found the teaching side of golf to be hugely rewarding, and his coaching of Junior Golf Teams in South Africa produced 2 National Champions and several Junior Champions.

In 1984, Mel moved to Toronto, Canada, where he opened the Canadian Golf Academy, an indoor/outdoor teaching facility.

In 1988 his long-time friend and mentor, Phil Ritson–now based in Florida–invited Mel to head up the Phil Ritson Golf Studio in Myrtle Beach, SC. The golf school relocated to Pawleys Island, SC in 1991 as the Phil Ritson – Mel Sole Golf School, and has had great success at beautiful Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club for 15 years.  The school was renamed Mel Sole Golf School in 2013.

Mel Sole

Mel SoleMaster Professional, Director of Instruction, Owner of the Mel Sole Golf School

  • Mel Sole has been named a “Top Teacher” by GOLF Magazine since 2001.
  • Mel is selected “Best Teachers in your State” by Golf Digest (2009)

Teaching philosophy: Both Phil Ritson and Mel Sole believe in teaching each person individually, according to his or her unique physique and capabilities. The golf swing should be kept as simple as possible, and students are taught to utilize the big muscles which create power with a minimum of effort.

For more about Mel Sole, please see his instructor bio »

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