Meet the Pros

Hank Smith

Director of Golf

Hank Smith is the Director of Golf at Frederica and Lead Golf Instructor at the Frederica Learning Center. Hank joined Frederica Golf Club in 2009 as the Assistant Golf Professional, and was recently appointed Director of Golf in 2014. Prior to joining Frederica, he was an instructor at the Sea Island Golf Learning Center from 1998 – 2001. He signed on to be a full time instructor for Golf Digest Schools in 2000 where he worked alongside several nationally recognized teachers such as Jack Lumpkin, Scott Davenport, Tom Ness, Jim Goergen and Gale Peterson. In addition to Hank’s teaching experience, he has caddied professionally on the PGA Tour. He also competed on various professional tours from 1995 - 1997 and 2002 - 2009. 

Hank played college golf for both University of Alabama and Georgia Tech and received a B.A. in Business Management from Culver College of Business. Hank was nominated for the Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State for Georgia in 2013 and 2015. He was also selected as the Georgia PGA's 2015 East Chapter Teacher of the Year and was honored at a Special Awards Banquet in March of 2016.  Hank completed the PGA Professional Golf Management program and received his Class A PGA Membership in 2014. He is a native of Waycross, Georgia and currently resides in St. Simons with his wife Bonni, son Mathew and daughter Robbi.

Hank believes that Frederica is a beautiful place, full of inspiration at every turn. “The drive in to Frederica is spectacular, regardless of the days’ conditions…rain, fog, clouds, or perfect sunshine.” It is a place like no other. Hank has a serious passion for teaching and playing golf and enjoys helping members improve their games.
You may contact Hank Smith at 912.434.5051 or via email at

Brandon Smith

Assistant Golf Professional

Brandon Smith began working at Frederica in October of 2010.  A native of Winfield, Alabama, Brandon began working for the Huizenga family in the summer of 2010 at Diamond Creek Golf Club in Banner Elk, NC.  He transitioned to St. Simons after the Huizengas purchased Frederica.  

 Brandon assists with the day to day operations of the golf department.  He is the tournament management lead, offers golf instruction, club fitting and helps with merchandising product. He attended Winfield City High School and received in BS in Marketing from Mississippi State University in 2009.   

Brandon joined the PGA as a Class A member in January of 2010.  He entered this profession because of the love he has for the game.  “The practice facility at Frederica is second-to-none and the golf course provides a tremendous amount of variety on top of being in great condition year round.”   

Brandon and his wife Meagan reside in the area with their son Luke (age 9) and enjoy being active members of the community.   

You may contact Brandon in the Professional Shop at 912.434.5050 or email at

Karl Cruthirds
Director of Hospitality

Karl Cruthirds is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1996 and immediately began a career in Management with a number of large, national retailers. His most recent experience in retail was as General Manager with Bed, Bath and Beyond Corporation. This career brought Karl and his wife Melissa to Saint Simons Island in 2011 where his already strong passion for golf was ignited further by the local golf community. This passion opened the door for Karl to make his hobby become a career in 2014. From there, he quickly moved into full time employment at Frederica and has been an integral part of the golf program for more than 4 years.

Karl will use this experience to broaden his skill set as Frederica's Director of Hospitality. His knowledge of retail and business will be a natural fit at Frederica; as will his passion for the game of golf and teaching be a natural fit on the course and lesson tee. He believes, "For a true golf fan, Frederica is a true paradise". Karl and Melissa and their two dogs reside on Saint Simons Island.   
ou may contact Karl at the club at 912.434.5037 or email at