Elevate your game through the Pinewild Academy…


Led by Gus Ulrich, PGA, recognized as one of the most respected players and teachers in the Carolinas PGA Section and rated by Golf Digest as one of the best golf instructors in the state of North Carolina, the Pinewild Golf Academy is ready to help you improve your golf game through various programs of private and group golf lessons and clinics, single or multiple day customized golf schools, junior golf programs, and much more. Gus has been heading up the academy since 2008. Gus also is the Men’s Golf Coach at Sandhills Community College, boasting three NJCAA D3 National Championships (2014, 2021 and 2022) and runner-up finishes in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Gus played his collegiate golf at NC State University from 1981 to 1985, earning team the MVP award his senior year. After playing competitively on the Ben Hogan Tour, numerous mini-tours and attempting the PGA Tour Qualifying tournament numerous times, he pursued his PGA Class A membership in 1997. Since then, Gus has devoted his passion for the game thru teaching, coaching and still competing thru the PGA of America events and various qualifiers.

Recent highlights include:

  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 CPGA Senior Player of the Year
  • 2016 CPGA Senior Section Championship….winner
  • 2021 Kitchen-Aid Senior PGA…participant and made the cut
  • Qualified and competed in 2015 (Sacramento, CA), 2016 (Columbus, OH) and 2022 (Bethlehem, PA) US Senior Opens, as well PGA Senior Championship in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021
  • 2012 CPGA Section Championship….winner
  • Competed in 5 PGA Tour events including 3 Wyndham Championships

Single or multiple day schools are available March through October. “Short Game Only” and “Playing Schools” are also available for golfers looking to fine tune specific components of their on-course game management. All schools can be arranged with lodging (Homewood Suites by Hilton, Olmsted Plaza) or commuter and include, an emailed video, which will include a voice-over swing analysis with suggestions and drills. Also, if you have any questions about your golf equipment, Gus will be happy to see how your clubs fit you and make some adjustments or recommendations.

The Pinewild Golf Academy also plays host to Nike Junior Camps which are available June and July and are a wonderful way for kids to learn the fundamentals and improve their games.  Two sessions of the Junior Camp are conducted each year. The junior camps are available to young golfers age 10 – 17. All Nike students receive Nike’s instruction manual, take home, or emailed, swing analysis video with voice-over which will include swing suggestions and drills to ensure improvement.

• Two 18-hole Championship Golf Courses (Magnolia and Holly)
• A Full-Length Par Three Golf Course
• Three Practice Holes and a Short-Game complex

Teaching Philosophy…Our primary goal at Pinewild Golf Academy is to make your golf game better, so you can achieve YOUR personal goals. First and foremost, we want golf to be fun and enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. Many golf schools and instructors attempt to teach golf to people. Our approach to instruction is to put you first. The teaching philosophy has endured because our system is anchored in the belief that we teach people…to play golf.

When attending a school at Pinewild, your game will be individually evaluated and, while emphasizing the basic principles of golf, we tailor our instruction to meet your individual needs. More specifically, we relate the dynamics of the golf swing in an understandable manner and we explain how these fundamental laws apply to your specific swing, while never losing sight of good, sound fundamentals prior to making your swing.


Call us toll free (800) 523-1499 or 910.638.0794


Facilities are Operated by Tohato Realty USA, Inc.