Frederica Learning Center

The Frederica Learning Center is located adjacent to the club's practice facility that Tom Fazio has described as "one of the best in the country". Under the direction of  a Top 100 teacher, Tony Ruggiero, the Frederica Learning Center offers a full array of services, including indoor teaching bays, computer-based swing analysis, a launch monitor, club fitting and repair.  

Continuing to grow the offerings to our members and their guests, we have recently brought on Performance Coach, Mac Barnhardt and Performance Therapist, Brian Smith!
Golf Top 100 Teachers
Tony Ruggiero,  Director of Instruction
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Tony has over twenty years teaching club members and top professional and amateur golfers. Tony is a Golf Magazine Top 50 Instructor and one of Callaways Top 50 Elite Junior Coaches. Tony currently instructs PGA and Korn Ferry tour players including Lucas Glover, Smylie Kaufman, Zach Sucher, Tom Lovelady, Sepp Straka, and Robby Shelton. Tony has also had two of his juniors reach #1 in the world and had two amateurs compete on the Walker Cup Team. Contact Tony at

Jackson Koert,  First Assistant of Instruction
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Jackson is a decorated Junior and Collegiate golfer and was twice an All-American at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  In addition to his playing experience, Jackson has apprenticed with Top 100 Instructors Adam Schriber, Mark Wood, Wayne Flint, and Tony, and has learned their teaching philosophies for growing the game for all levels of players. Contact Jackson at

Mac Barnhardt,  Director of Performance
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Mac Barnhardt has been involved with Frederica Golf Club since its inception.  Graduating and playing on the golf team at High Point University and with over 25 years experience in managing some of the best golfers in the world, he brings unique insight to our Learning Center as Director of Performance.  Contact Mac at

Brian Smith,  Performance Therapist
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Dr. Smith is a Chiropractor/Physiotherapist on the PGA Tour.  He currently works on tour with Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire, Harris English, Bubba Watson, and Billy Horschel.  He specializes in soft tissue and is also certified TPI Medical, ART and FST.  Dr. Smith lives on St. Simons with his wife and family.