The Seagate course is well known for its PGA professional teaching staff. Available year-round, the staff is led by PGA Director of Golf, Darren Panks.
Darren Panks is Director of Golf and a PGA professional at The Seagate Country Club. His responsibilities include all golf operations including course management, sales and marketing, ongoing maintenance of the club’s newly refreshed Joe Lee-designed championship course and accompanying practice facilities, PGA professional instruction, and the Golf Shop.
Born and raised in Northern England, Panks achieved PGA status in his early twenties under the guidance of Peter Cowan, one of the most renowned golf instructors in Europe. He worked at two prestigious clubs—as Head Assistant Professional at Lindrick Golf Club and as Director of Golf/Panks Golf School at Bondhay Golf and Country Club—before relocating to the U.S. to forge a career on the PGA tour. He was certified as a PGA member in 1994 and continued to hone his teaching and crafting skills while playing tournaments both here and abroad including the British Open at Royal Turnberry.
Craig Harmon spent the past 42 years as Head Golf Professional at the famed Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, site of the 2013 PGA Championship and host to all of the majors. He has now relocated to South Florida where he shares his love of teaching and golf knowledge. Raised in the most distinguished family in golf, Harmon brings his knowledge, skills, and legacy to The Seagate Country Club as the new Director of Instruction.
Craig’s father, Claude Harmon, Sr., was the head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, and also served as the winter professional for many years at the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. Claude was also the last-ever club professional to win a major championship, winning the 1948 Masters by five shots. His sons, Butch, Craig, Bill, and the late Dick Harmon were also ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers.
Like all the Harmon sons, Craig is proud of his family’s accomplishments and acknowledges his older brother, Butch, as the number-one instructor in the world, and one of the game’s highest-profile teachers.
Craig has his own reputation as a top golf coach, and has also made the Top 50 Instructor’s list compiled by Golf Digest every year, ranked top 100 by Golf magazine, and was the 51st recipient of PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2005. In 2006, Craig Harmon was inducted in the PGA of America’s Hall of Fame, representing the Western New York Section.
Andrew Anderson is PGA Head Golf Professional at The Seagate Country Club. His responsibilities include assisting and supervising all golf services and operations, assisting in developing and managing the tournament program, coordinating expert instruction to club members and visiting players through clinics and private lessons on the newly refreshed Joe Lee-designed championship course and accompanying practice facilities.
Born and raised in Chicago, Anderson took up golf at the age of 15 and knew at once that the game would be his future. After playing on the Florida Atlantic Golf Team, he apprenticed at Stonebridge Golf & Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. In 1992, Anderson was appointed PGA Head Golf Professional at Bluff Point Country Club in Plattsburgh, New York, and the following year became PGA Director of Golf at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida. Wycliffe, which has 36 holes and more than 1,000 members, hosted two LPGA Tour events and several Celebrity Pro-Ams during Anderson’s time at the club.
Anderson joined Hamlet Golf & Country Club, now The Seagate Country Club, as PGA Head Golf Professional in 1998. He continues to hone his teaching skills by regularly attending national and local teaching summits.
PGA assistant professional, Whitney Young, leads our golf instruction for women and youth at The Seagate Country Club. A Pittsburgh native, Whitney honed her skills on courses in both her home state and West Virginia before heading to Florida.
In West Virginia, Whitney was part of the Wheeling Jesuit University Women’s Golf Team for four years. Two of those, the team won the conference. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Whitney scored Player of the Year honors at West Penn Minority Junior Golf Association and was named P.J. Boatwright Medalist at the A, B, and C levels for three years.
As assistant at Pittsburgh North Golf Course, Range & School, Whitney helped owner Patricia Price, the first woman to qualify for PGA membership in the Tri-State Section, with the day-to-day operations of the facility. Whitney was also responsible for instruction of junior clients and the conducting of tournaments.
Even while actively pursuing her own passion for golf, Whitney took time to play a key role in inspiring a love for the sport among youth. Through First Tee of Pittsburgh, Whitney provided young people with character-building and life-skills lessons using golf as a platform. She continues to combine golf instruction with youth development in her current role as PGA Assistant at The Seagate Country Club, conducting private lessons and junior clinics in addition to providing women’s instruction.
Ray’s career managing golf operations make him a natural fit for The Seagate Country Club. As general manager, his primary focus is ensuring that our guests and members have the best overall experience. Ray’s longtime background as a managing partner of various clubs and developments throughout the Southeast has left him highly qualified for the task.
Before joining The Seagate Country Club, Ray managed both the Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City/Stuart, Florida and The President Country Club in West Palm Beach. He also held management and ownership positions in Emerald Dunes Golf Group, and was responsible for Polo Trace (Delray Beach), Cypress Creek (Boynton Beach), and Bonaventure (Weston), under leases from the Golf Trust of America, a publically traded REIT.
At The Seagate, Ray is responsible for the efficiency and overall smooth operations of the country club, as well as all activities associated with special events. His golf and management experience—not to mention his induction into the Palm Beach County Golf Hall of Fame (1994)—serve him well in his day-to-day tasks as our general manager.
A native of Boca Raton, Nate Watkin got his start in the golf business at the early age of 16. Since then, he has amassed an impressive list of credentials with specific emphasis on the daily maintenance of country clubs and their grounds. His achievements, including an eight-year GCSAA membership, have earned him a reputation as a growing leader within the golf course management industry.
At the Seagate Country Club, Nate puts his considerable skills to work overseeing the course’s maintenance and agronomic practices. This includes leading and managing the golf course maintenance and landscape crews.
Nate’s formal education and 14-year history in the golf course industry has given him a wealth of experience to draw upon in his day-to-day responsibilities at The Seagate. Not only has he managed some of the most highly ranked golf courses in Florida, he has learned the importance of attending to details. Whether it’s assembling and directing large, diverse maintenance crews, applying his extensive knowledge of the technology and techniques of turfgrass management, or coordinating with the pro shop and administrative staff during golf events, Nate ensures that every guest at The Seagate Country Club has the optimal golfing experience.
When not on the golf course, Nate enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife, Ryann, and two beautiful daughters, Marleigh and Paige.
Marcy comes to her role as our tennis director with an impressive roster of accomplishments, both as a player and as a coach. She has held national rankings since age 12, including a top-three Florida ranking and a top-30 national ranking. She has competed internationally and grew up training with tennis greats like the Williams sisters, Andy Roddick, and Corina Morariu.
In addition to playing professionally, Marcy’s coaching talent earned her the title of head women’s tennis coach at Florida Atlantic University. She also ran the Police Athletic League (PAL) program, serving as its executive director. Her resort and country club experience includes stints at the Meadow Club in Southampton, New York, and the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Marcy studied at the University of Miami on a full tennis athletic scholarship, where she became a two-time Big East champion, competed in the NCAA’s national tournament, and served as the 2001 team captain. She also has been named the Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel Player of the Year, and “Player of the Month” numerous times.
In her role as fitness director at The Seagate Country Club, Madeline Sperber uses her expertise in exercise and nutrition to help members set and achieve healthier lifestyle goals. Madeline’s background as a certified personal trainer (CPT) and as a degreed physical therapist assistant (PTA) gives her a wealth of knowledge, which she eagerly shares during private stretching sessions, and group and one-on-one personal training.
In addition, Madeline coordinates classes in aerobics, water aerobics, yoga, and Zumba, and is certified in mat Pilates. This wide range of skills is instrumental in helping club members establish effective workout routines they will enjoy and continue to follow on their own.
Specializing in nutrition, Madeline considers diet to be an essential element in the fitness equation. She takes a genuine interest in setting up personal nutrition plans for club members and in educating them on healthy diet and lifestyle changes.