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Nicole Weller

Leland, NC

Compass Pointe Golf Club

I love helping a student find the answer so they can own the concept. I love using fun training tools and analogies that guide a student to the answer. Find the center of the club face with a good club face and club path are key to all strokes. My master's degree in sport psychology help me to show a student how to more effectively practice in order to get the results showing up not only during practice but on the course, where it counts! How a motor skill is learned, how to block and transfer practice, how to be creative... and how to enjoy the process!

Nicole Weller
  • LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Member

  • PGA of America Member

  • Proponent Group Member

  • US Kids Golf Master Teacher

  • Spirit of the Game Emotional Training

  • TPI Level 2 Golf Professional (Titleist Performance Institute)

  • 2004: Isshinryu Karate Sho-Dan Black Belt

  • 2004: Tennessee PGA Knoxville Chapter 'Junior Leader of the Year'

  • 2005: GOLF Magazine 'Southeast Region Top Teacher' - February Issue

  • 2007 & 2009: Georgia PGA East Chapter 'Teacher of the Year'

  • 2010: Golf Digest Magazine Top 40 under 40 'Best Young Teacher'

  • 2010, 2011, 2012: U.S. Kids Golf 'Top 50 Kids Teacher'

  • 2011: LPGA T&CP Southeast 'Teacher of the Year' 

  • 2012: Golf Digest 'America's Best 50 Women Teachers'

  •  2012, 2013: LPGA T&CP Southeast Junior Golf Achievement Winner

  • 2012: Georgia PGA Section Horton Smith Trophy Recipient

  • 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching   Professional

  • 2013: PGA National Junior Golf Leader **

  • 2013: LPGA T&CP National Junior Golf Leader **

  • 2013: U.S. Kids Golf Master KidsTeacher

  • 2015: Golf Digest Best Teacher in State (13th on Georgia list)

  • 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023: LPGA Top 50 Teachers 

  • 2017 & 2018: GRAA December Golf Range Magazine Growth of the Game Elite   Status Member

  • 2021: Golf Digest Best Teacher in State (4th on NC list)

  • 2023: Golf Digest Best Teacher in State (3rd on NC list)

Nicole Weller is a proud member of the PGA of America, the LPGA, Proponent Group, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and WILMA. She currently instructs members, their guests and local Wilmington area golfers at Compass Pointe Golf Club near Wilmington, NC while traveling back to the Pinehurst area to instruct with the Pine Needles Golfari Schools. She has served on the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Savannah Board, two terms on the PGA National Youth Player Development Committee, the LPGA Education Committee, the PGA Special Awards Committee, is a co-author of the LPGA Girls Golf Playbook and has been a proud partner with both Little Linksters and The Littlest Golfer. Nicole currently serves on the LPGA Hall of Fame Selection Committee and in 2023 was voted an LPGA Top 50 Teacher and listed #3 on the Golf Digest Best in State Teacher for North Carolina.

Nicole has been a presenter at PGA National Youth & Family Summits and the LPGA National Teaching Summit, as well as numerous LPGA & PGA Sections around the country.

Nicole enjoys quiet downtime at home, traveling & exploring, baking, home improvement projects and family time with her husband and cat near Wilmington, NC. Her background includes a European upbringing, with both parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Germany and Switzerland and a brother who now resides overseas. She has been hang gliding, skydiving and has attained a black belt in the Isshinryu martial arts form (weapons, forms, sparring).

In 2016 after a two-year development phase, Nicole partnered with Dr. Patricia Donnelly to create a turnkey certification program to help golf professionals and those in the industry being introducing youngsters ages 2-5 into the golf culture through an online certification program complete with complete yet adaptable curricula and optional equipment kits as needed. The Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. program is based on Teaching through Play, Research, Age-Appropriateness, Intrinsic Motivation and healthy Nutrition concepts. She is no longer running the program but encourages those interested to visit for further information...

Nicole began her golf career at age four through her Dad, Max, in southeastern Lakeville, Massachusetts when he began to learn golf as well. She was senior co-captain of the Coyle & Cassidy High School Boys Golf Team in Taunton and competed in state, regional and national youth and women's amateur golf before playing on the Wake Forest University Women's Golf Team ('94). Nicole pursued her master's degree in sport psychology from The University of Tennessee ('95) and first entered into the golf industry as an assistant professional at Cherokee C.C. in Knoxville. She quickly gained footing as a successful teaching professional at Fairways & Greens Golf Center in Knoxville and was President & Site Director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Knoxville (2002-2004), growing the program from 15 to nearly 80 girls. Nicole, with husband and fellow PGA member Ty Weller, relocated to Savannah in 2005 to The Landings Club, where she served the golf instruction program for the large community membership and club staff on Skidaway Island as the Head Teaching Professional until 2019. She and her husband moved to Pinehurst in early 2020 for a short one-year stint to join up with U.S. Kids Golf at the Longleaf Golf & Family Club and U.S. Kids Golf Academy at Longleaf before Nicole shifted into a role there as a proud Golf Academy Lead Instructor with the Pinehurst Golf Academy at Pinehurst Resort. She currently instructs members, their guests and local Wilmington area golfers at Compass Pointe Golf Club near Wilmington, NC and travels back monthly to Pinehurst to instruct the popular new Women's Golf Retreat experiences while speaking / guest coaching at a limited amount of clubs and programs around the country... contact Nicole if interested in having her visit your program to host an event for ages 2-5 or introductory Learn Golf in One Day for Women!

Her background and education in youth golf, sport psychology, golf fitness and competition have allowed Nicole to provide an all-encompassing program for thousands of students. Creating a comfortable and Socratic learning environment that is specific to all students is key to her. Feedback through digital and non-digital learning tools, video, self-assessments and challenge games are just a few tools she uses to enhance the learning experience. She has enjoyed using many fun learning tools such as BirdieBall, My Mini Golf, SNAG, Orange Whip Trainer, ParKit, TagTeach, Grip it Rite, CoachNow, Live View Golf... among many. Her goals are simple - Nicole strives to meet the students' needs, involve them in the learning process, encourage transfer training methods, provide guided feedback resources and assist in making golf an anticipated and fun experience in their lives. Nicole looks at set-up fundamentals, club path, club face and centeredness of contact with regards to all swing motions in golf.

Publications and Extra

Nicole published her children's golf book, Stick to Sports:   Let's Play Golf, in 2011 and flashcard memory game, Match Play Golf, in 2014.   The book is perfect for youngsters ages 4-8+ complete with point and sticker rewards and a suggested itinerary for adult mentors to follow. The flashcards are perfect for ages 2-6 and have several different ways in which to play.   Her follow-up book and Ebook, Big Thoughts from Little Golfers, launched in Summer 2021 and is a fun read for adults wanting to see the inspirational and creative comments kids have said during lessons, with tips for adults on working age-appropriately with children 2+. Nicole launched her Golf Scavenger Hunt Puzzle for ages 4-8 Fall 2023... assemble the 54-large-piece puzzle and then find the items within the scene from the box insert! Nicole strives to make her games educational, fun, engaging, tactile and non-stop golf fun anywhere!

Visit under Store & Products to see more information on her books, flashcards and puzzle for kids!

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