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Instructors at the Wailea Golf Academy

The Wailea Golf Academy’s staff members are among the finest trained golf professionals in the world. Only PGA golf professionals who have completed the PGA of America’s education standards are on staff at this facility.

Rusty Hathaway, PGA
Head Golf Professional, Wailea Golf Club | [email protected]

Wailea Golf Club’s head golf professional knows virtually everything there is to know about a golf club, from the bottom up. Originally from Alaska, Rusty Hathaway came to Maui on his honeymoon and fell in love with Wailea. He moved to the islands and started his golf career as a mechanics helper at the Wailea Golf Club. A series of promotions and serious study led to his current position overseeing one of the largest resort golf operations in Hawaii.

Hathaway has been a PGA Class member since 1991. He served as head golf professional at the Wailea Blue Course from 1994 through 2005, and was promoted to his current position in 2005. He serves as a member of the PGA President’s Advisory Council.Over the years, Hathaway has taught numerous students including such notable individuals as Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, Linda Grey, and Frank Thomas.

Brenda Rego, PGA
Golf Operations Manager, Wailea Gold & Emerald Courses | [email protected]

A former LPGA TOUR player, Brenda Rego was the first female Class A member of the Aloha Section PGA. She has been a stellar member of the Wailea Golf Club team since 1998, and currently oversees operations at the Wailea Gold and Emerald courses.

Eddie Lee, PGA
PGA Teaching Professional, David Leadbetter Academy at Wailea | [email protected]

Ranked by Golf Digest as the top golf teacher in Hawaii in 2005, Eddie Lee has taught at the Wailea Golf Club since 1997. In 2006, he completed his studies with David Leadbetter and his staff in Orlando, Florida, and returned to Wailea to help open the new David Leadbetter Academy at Wailea, the first of its kind in Hawaii.

As a coach, student and player of the game, Lee is dedicated to continual education, research and hard work to become the best golf instructor he can be. His teaching philosophy is based upon the principle of balance – establishing and maintaining a balanced club shaft and body motion throughout the swing. Lee’s clients have included the likes of Mike Myers, Arnold Schwartznegger, Damon Wayons, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Maria Shriver, but his true passion is in helping beginning to average golfers improve their game.

Lee graduated from the San Diego Golf Academy and has been a Class A PGA Member since 1994. He has received numerous honors including being named Teacher of the Year by the Aloha Section PGA, and he serves as a Wilson Staff Advisory Member.