Charlie McGoldrick was the golf professional at Enniscrone Golf Club in Sligo, on the western shores of Ireland. Joining Enniscrone Golf Club at 11 years old, I had no idea the impact Charlie and the club would have on my life. Charlie was a fantastic teacher and gifted communicator. He taught through stories and his soft spoken, calm manner, made him the perfect coach for me. While my dad taught me to grind and how to win, Charlie’s calming influence gave me the balance I needed. He had a magical way of helping me understand that I was more than whatever numbers appeared on my scorecard at the end of the day. Golf was just something I happened to be good at, a game I could continue to enjoy no matter how my day on the course went.
That bond and the experiences he brought me inspired my dream of passing golf forward in the same way to as many kids and families as possible. So, after earning my teaching certification from the LPGA, I stepped out on my own to open Michelle Holmes Golf School in 2011. I started with just six students in the first month, but as the word grew so did my client base. Today my team and I welcome more than 600 children through our doors every year with students ranging as young as 3 years old to my 18-year-old competitive players.