Award-Winning Myrtle Beach Area Golf Instructor Mel Sole Celebrates 50 Years As A Golf Professional

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Owner of Mel Sole Golf School, Headquartered At Founders Group International's Pawleys Plantation, Is A South African Master Professional And One Of America's Top Teachers

I get excited when I watch students at every level improve under my guidance and the guidance of our instructors. But the best reward a teacher can receive is seeing his students improve and their enjoyment of this great game grow.

Mel Sole, one of America's top golf instructors and owner of the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Founders Group International's Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., is celebrating 50 years as a professional golfer and member of the PGA of South Africa this year. Sole, a native South African, turned professional at 18. After a few years as a club professional, he joined the South African PGA Tour. While competing on the Tour during the 1970s, he was coached by renowned instructor Phil Ritson who also provided instruction to the legendary Gary Player and other PGA stars.

Under Ritson's tutelage, Sole discovered a passion for teaching golf and turned his career toward providing golf instruction. He helped to improve the golf games of adult and junior golfers of all playing levels, and his coaching of junior golf teams in South Africa produced National and Provincial Champions.

After immigrating to Canada, Sole launched the Canadian Golf Academy, an indoor-outdoor teaching facility. In 1989, his former teacher, Phil Ritson, invited Sole to become director of operations and a partner with Ritson in the opening of a golf academy in America's seaside golf capital, Myrtle Beach, S.C. In the years that followed, the Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School has been consistently rated by national golf and travel magazines as one of the best golf schools in the United States.

In 2013, the school was renamed the Mel Sol Golf School. Ranked in the top 5 of the “Top 25 USA Golf Schools” by Golf Magazine, the school's (and Sole's) accolades continue to grow. Mel has been recognized year after year as a “Top Teacher In The U.S.“ by Golf Magazine and ”Best Teacher In The State” by Golf Digest. His five Mel Sole Golf School locations — two of which are located at Founders Group International courses in the Myrtle Beach area — regularly draw students from across America and several other nations to their Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club locations. With small classes held to a maximum of four students, and affordable rates which deliver value that exceeds expectations, the locations continue to earn 5-star ratings from students.

“As a boy, my dream was to be a golf professional, and I've had 50 wonderful years as a playing professional and an instructor,” says Sole. “I continue to be passionate about teaching, and I get excited when I watch students at every level improve under my guidance and the guidance of our instructors. I am especially grateful that our students are so generous with their praise. Thanks to them, we've received so many 5-star reviews that TripAdvisor has awarded us the coveted 'Certificate of Excellence' for several years running. Accolades like that, as well as those from Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and other media, are gratifying. But the best reward a teacher can receive is seeing his students improve and their enjoyment of this great game grow. Their excitement is contagious!”

Sole posts instruction videos on YouTube regularly so that his students and others can work on their games when they are not at a school. He has also published an instructional book, GOLF Step-by-Step, which is distributed worldwide by Sterling Publishing.

In addition, the Mel Sole Golf School offers a program of “Kids Learn Free,” one of many that he promotes to help grow junior participation in the game.

More information about the Mel Sole Golf School and Mel Sole is available at http://www.melsolegolfschool.com or by contacting the Pawleys Plantation school directly at (843) 237-4993.

About The Mel Sole Golf School

Established in 1988 as the Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School, the Mel Sole Golf School is headquartered in Pawleys Island, South Carolina on the southern tip of Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand. Its mission is to be the leader in golf academies, offering top-quality golf instruction at an affordable price and delivering value that exceeds expectations.

Classes are held to a maximum of four students, and Sole and his PGA and LPGA instruction staff are committed to providing a learning experience for the individual golfer that results in real and lasting golf improvement, and promotes increased enjoyment of the game for each student.

Both Phil Ritson and Mel Sole believe in teaching each person according to his or her unique physique and capabilities. To that end, Sole uses bio-mechanics in his teaching to determine what each golfer's optimum swing looks like, based on body measurements and swing speed. Under this approach, the golf swing is kept as simple as possible, and students are taught to utilize the big muscles which create power with a minimum of effort.

Mel Sole Golf School locations are at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club in the Myrtle Beach, S.C. area; at Furman University Golf Club in Greenville, S.C.; at Holiday Valley Resort Golf Course in Ellicottville, N.Y.; and at Club de Golf Malinalco in Malinalco, México.

More information about the Mel Sole Golf School is available at http://www.melsolegolfschool.com or by contacting the Pawleys Island school directly at (843) 237-4993.

About Founders Group International

Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America's seaside golf capital.

FGI administers http://www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlets Ambassador Golf and Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI’s assets, including “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, Grande Dunes Resort Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, Pine Lakes Country Club and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.

FGI also has a division that does residential and retail development, and it has partnered with one of the biggest travel agencies in China to bring golfers and wedding parties to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

More information about Founders Group International, is available at http://www.foundersgroupinternational.com, http://www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

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