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Meet our Minnesota PGA Professionals

November 27, 2013

Our PGA profile this month is:  Marshall Hoiness, 2013 PGA Player Development Award

Marshall Hoiness, PGA Player Development Award

Marshall Hoiness, PGA Player Development Award

The PGA Player Development Award recognizes PGA Professionals for their extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of Player Development.

Marshall Hoiness has been at the Minikahda Club since 2001 and is currently overseeing several programs that have helped grow the number of golfers at his facility.  Marshall started the Golf “Fore” Fun program at the club which is designed for women new to the game and also coordinated the Women’s Social Series, designed for a little golf instruction, equipment knowledge and fun.  He is also the lead instructor for the Women’s Spring Tune Up clinics and started a Golf 301 program, which is a ladies 3-hole golf league for those who graduate from the Golf “Fore” Fun program.

Marshall oversees Minikahda’s Junior Program that had more than 170 participants in 2013, and oversees events for families that include a Parent Child Tournament, Sunday night Family Golf Night, and the Junior Club Championship.

Marshall also offers complimentary monthly clinics to the senior members of the club and provides new club members with a free lesson certificate.  He is a US Kids Certified Instructor and won the 2007 Minnesota Section Junior Golf Leader Award.  He has also participated in the Minnesota PGA Special Olympics Pro-Am.

What year did you become a PGA Professional?


What was your motivation?

I have always had a passion for playing the game of golf and that passion also turned into the business of golf. I grew up in Southeastern MN playing golf on a 9 hole golf course with no range at a young age. I was undecided on a career path following high school. I took 1 year off and worked for my family’s Grocery store. During that time, I came across an advertisement in a golf magazine for the San Diego Golf Academy. I enrolled and attended school at the Phoenix campus. It was a perfect fit for me. I graduated in December of 1999 and was hired at The Minikahda Club in March of 2000.

How do you believe you are growing the game of golf?

Each year I try to introduce “New” opportunities for the membership at Minikahda to include Men, Women, Seniors and Junior golfers. A few programs I run are: “Golf Fore Fun”,  “Golf 301” Women’s 3 Hole League, A “Free” clinic once a month to the Seniors and then proceed to play 18 holes with 1 of the groups. Our junior golf program has over 170 participants, so I offer countless opportunities for all ages and abilities throughout the summer months as well as after school programs.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

Without question, Doug Nelson has had the greatest impact on my career. Doug is by far one of the best teachers of the business of golf. Early in my career, I learned a lot from Jon Vee and Charlie Levis who were Assistants at Minikahda when I started. And of course, my wife (and new boss at Minikahda) Kellie Hoiness, we make a great team.

When you are not golfing, how do you like to spend your day?

I enjoy spending time with family, especially my wife and twin daughters, Kennedy and Khloe. I also keep busy as the owner of 2 rental properties and I co-own a 24 hour fitness center. I am always looking for new opportunities.

Thanks you Marshall for all you do to grow the game of golf!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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