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About Us.

About Us.

The Mel Sole Golf School is located at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC, Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach, NC, and Holiday Valley Resort Ellicottville, NY.

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

Our History.

About Us.

Mel Sole & Phil Ritson

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 ’70s. Phil had been a coach to Mel and several other Pros, including the renowned Gary Player, who played the SA PGA Tour. Mel found the teaching side of golf to be hugely rewarding. As a matter of fact, 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. In 2013, the school name made a change to Mel Sole Golf School.


Mel Sole

About Us.Master Professional, Director of Instruction, Owner of the Mel Sole Golf School

  • Mel Sole has been chosen a “Top Teacher” by GOLF Magazine since 2001.
  • Mel was also chosen  “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 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 » Connect with Mel on Google+.

Also see: Student Testimonials, Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for reading – About Us.

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