Quail Creek Country Club | PGA and LPGA Golf Professionals

Quail Creek Country Club is pleased to have four PGA Golf Professionals and one LPGA Golf Professional on staff. They all have the patience, knowledge and experience to help you improve your golf swing and your enjoyment of the game. An air-conditioned, indoor golf lab is available where Members can see their swings; learn their club head speed and launch angle; and understand their game by viewing what is truly happening in their motion. Our high-tech Flight-Scope system and putting lab also helps golfers swing and putt more consistently and is a great place to practice when it's sweltering or raining outside.

  • Mike Dero, Director of Golf/Golf Professional

    • Prior to joining Quail Creek, which he has called home for the past 21 years, Mike worked in top private clubs on Long Island and in Palm Springs, Dallas and Atlanta. He is a Minnesota native who is living his dream and his passion every day. He is an accomplished teacher, staff leader and master of ceremonies. Mike is an optimist and an encourager. His teaching style focuses on developing your natural swing into a more relaxed, fluid movement followed by an attention to comfort, consistency and confidence.

      Mike's favorite golf quote: "We want effortless power, not a powerful effort."
  • Nate Johnson, Head Professional/Golf Shop Manager

    • Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Nate graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Marketing specialized for Professional Golf Management. He worked as an Assistant Professional at Foxfire Country Club here in Naples from 1998 until 2004, when he joined the Quail Creek Golf staff.

      As the Club's Head Golf Professional, Nate does a wonderful job of managing the staff, merchandise and budgeting of the Golf Pro Shop. Nate loves everything about the game of golf and helps his students with a relaxed and uncomplicated approach to teaching this difficult game.

  • Spencer Graham, Director of Instruction
    •   Raised on St. Simon's Island off the coast of Georgia, Spencer Graham, III, was introduced to the game of golf by his father.  After a successful Junior golf and competitive high school career from the Southeast to the Northeast, he immediately ventured into the golf business as an aspiring Teaching Professional at age 21 in Delaware.  Spencer operated his own academy for over a decade and then became the Director of Instruction at White Clay Creek Country Club.  In 2006, he was named to the "Top 50 US Kids Golf Instructors" list, an accolade that Spencer humbly accepted after his dedicated work with the Mid-Atlantic's top Junior golfers.  After a successful tenure in Delaware, he relocated to Orlando, Florida to open Graham Golf Performance & JGPA (Junior Golf Performance Academy), located at Orange County National and then Harmony Golf Preserve.  Over these 5 years, Spencer's travels took him all over the world to work with some of the best junior, collegiate, amateur, and professional golfers.

      After a brief one year stint as the Academy Director at Tiburon Golf Club, located at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, Spencer accepted the Director of Instruction position at the exclusive 36-hole private club, Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Florida. Over the past 22 years of full-time coaching, he has assisted/produced 178 US Kids World Championship/IMG Callaway World Championship participants (*3 World Champions in 2015), 9 high school state champions, 14 AJGA winners, 28 NCAA Division I and II victories along with 114 scholarships and 39 amateur/professional wins worldwide.  Spencer's main specialty in coaching has been as a swing instructor, short game specialist, tournament preparation expert, and golf course strategist.

  • Kyle Young, Assistant Golf Professional

    • Originally from Brewster, MA, Kyle is a graduate of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program.  Raised in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Kyle began playing golf in 2002.  Falling in love with the game and the industry, he began his career straight out of high school.  Over the past 15 years, Kyle has worked at many high-end, private golf facilities, from The Vineyard Golf Club in Martha's Vineyard, MA, to Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, FL to Red Sky Golf Club in Vail, CO.

      As a Class A PGA Professional, Kyle is a seasoned instructor with over 12 years of experience working with students of all ages and skill levels. His passions in life are playing competitive golf, coordinating golf events where participants will have the experience of a lifetime, and searching for the biggest large-mouth bass Quail Creek Country Club has hiding in its many lakes.

      Kyle's favorite quote: "It's not how far, it's how many!"

  • Jerry Garner, Assistant Golf Professional

    • A native of Michigan, Jerry has been a member of the Quail Creek golf staff for over 30 years.  With his experience, Jerry has developed a finely tuned teaching style and is also the resident golf club repair expert at Quail Creek.

      Jerry's favorite teaching quote: "If you thinketh, you stinketh."

  • Holly Vaughn, LPGA Professional

    • Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Holly is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) with degrees in Business Administration and Physical Education.  While attending SMU, Holly was a scholarship athlete playing for the Women's Golf Team.  She was a member of the 1989 LPGA Tour and a finalist at the 1994 U.S. Women's Open.

      Before joining the staff at Quail Creek Country Club, Holly coached collegiate women's golf at the NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 levels. She is a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division and a world-class swimmer.

  • Pitt Cummins, Merchandiser/Buyer

    • Pitt adds life to every moment at Quail Creek Country Club. Her outgoing personality brightens the day of the golf operation and the entire Club. Pitt's great attitude, design aesthetic and savvy negotiating skills all contribute to a Golf Pro Shop stocked with all of the best clothing lines and merchandise at the right prices.