Aaron Bergman is a PGA member and founder of The Golf School. He has traveled to nine countries teaching the game, helping golfers of all abilities along the way. Aaron believes golf has the power to transcend culture and class, and believes the game is a great tool to connect people. His ability to communicate the principles that guide the golf swing in a simplified, understandable way, has helped forge in the inclusive learning culture at The Golf School.
After earning his Golf Management Degree from New Mexico State University, Aaron traveled to the Kingdom of Bhutan to work for the Bhutan Youth Golf Association (BYGA), running an after-school program for local youth, as well as serving as the resident professional at the Royal Thimphu Golf Club. In Bhutan Aaron toured the country, using golf as a vehicle to introduce life lessons to children. His work left an indelible mark on the country, and quickly caught the eye of the monarchy. He was soon befriending and giving lessons to the royal family. His golf training with the Prince of Bhutan became well known.
Aaron’s efforts caught the attention of the Nepal Golf Association. After his five-month tenure in Bhutan, Aaron traveled to Nepal to help institute similar golf programs in that country. He spent his time increasing golf awareness and conducting seminars to local instructors. Aaron was a true golf pioneer in Nepal, becoming the first PGA instructor to give lessons in the country. Since then he has traveled back to Nepal three times to continue his coaching, including preparing the national team for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. His student, Shiva Ram Shrestha, became the first Nepalese Professional to win on the Indian Tour, and the first ever Nepalese to play in an Asian Tour Event. Shiva Ram has become the face of golf in Nepal, winning the Athlete of the Year award in 2014. Aaron continues to be a major inspiration to the country’s golf expansion and looks forward to future trips to the region.
From Nepal Aaron ventured to Thailand and began working with Heartland Golf Schools. Aaron became the Director of Education and helped set up golf academies in the Philippines and Singapore. Also while working in Thailand Aaron hosted a golf television show on Thai channel 3. The program ran daily for two years.
After almost three years working throughout Asia, Aaron spent two seasons teaching at the prestigious Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY. He conducted private lessons, youth clinics, and junior summer camps. While in New York he also volunteered for the First Tee, helping conduct golf clinics for inner-city youth.
From New York, Aaron moved to Austin to co-found Golf in Schools, an after-school enrichment program for elementary-aged students. The program sought to lower the entry barrier to golf by making it a more convenient, affordable option to parents considering activities for their child. What started in five schools in Austin grew to over 85 schools in Central Texas. Today, over 2,000 students participate in a Golf in Schools program each year. Golf in Schools has been honored as the District Partner of the Year in Round Rock ISD and was also featured in Austin’s Tribeza magazine.
Aaron also spent two seasons at Northmoor Country Club outside of Chicago, IL. There he expanded the club’s junior golf development, as well taught private lessons and junior camps.
Aaron is a student of PGA Hall of Fame instructor, Manuel de la Torre. De la Torre is best known for teaching the swing principles introduced by Ernest Jones. He was the first ever PGA Teacher of the Year and before his passing in 2016, was ranked among the world’s top instructors by Golf Digest. Aaron spent numerous hours studying under de la Torre and credits his time with de la Torre for helping shape is approach to teaching the game.