Charley Vandenberg, the 69th Professional in the country to receive Master Professional status, has been the Director of Instruction at the Thousand Oaks Golf Academy since April 2007. His passion for teaching the game over the past 40+ years has elevated him to the top of his craft. He has been named the Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year five times (achieving a state record he has now retired from the competition), Top Six Finalist for the National PGA Teacher of the Year twice, and a Top Ten Best Instructor in the state of Michigan thirteen of the last fourteen years by Golf Digest. His quest for knowledge has taken him across the United States to observe the best instructors in the world in order to provide his students the finest instruction possible. His impact at the local and national level has been tremendous, and his accomplishments are many.
Over the years, Vandenberg has held multiple teaching titles including leadership positions on both the Michigan Section Teaching and Education Committees. Vandenberg’s teaching methods have been featured in PGA Magazine, USA Today, Michigan Links Magazine, The Grand Rapid Press, and more. Holding annual golf schools, Charley has attracted and taught alongside some of the biggest names in golf instruction including Mike Bender, 2009 PGA Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest’s Top 5 Instructor and coach of 2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson, and putting guru Mike Shannon, one of Golf Digest’s Top 50 and Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors and putting instructor to 28 PGA Tour players.