Director of Instruction Steve Bogdanoff joined the Raintree Country Club team in the summer of 2020 and brings a great deal of passion and commitment to golf instruction.
Born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia – Steve grew up playing golf at the Country Club of Fairfax with his Dad and younger brother beginning at the age of 8. As a junior golfer, Steve won junior club championships and competed in many interclub and junior events. Golf was not his only passion in sports, he was a three-year varsity athlete in baseball and football for W.T. Woodson High School. After attending the University of South Carolina for two years, Steve transferred to Coastal Carolina University to follow his dream of becoming a PGA Professional where he received a B.S. in Business Administration and Professional Golf Management.
Since becoming a member of the PGA in 2009, Steve has worked in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina at both private and public golf clubs. Most notably, he worked alongside Andrew Rice (Golf Digest Top 100 Instructor) at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina from 2010 to 2012. It was during this time where his passion for growing the game of golf through teaching had become clear. Steve and his wife Jessica moved to Charlotte just after they married in 2015 where Steve was employed at the Dana Rader Golf School as a teaching professional. After working alongside Dana Rader (LPGA Hall of Fame, Golf Digest Top 100 Instructor) and Julie Cole (LPGA Top 50 Instructor) for three years, Steve was promoted to Director of Junior Golf at Ballantyne Golf Academy. In two years, from 2018-2019, he was able to grow the junior golf program by 295%. Recently he was named Director of Instruction at the Ballantyne Golf Academy before the start of the 2020 season.
Through his more than 10 years of teaching experience, Steve has always strived to be a continuous learner. He has certifications with Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) - Level 1 and Level 2 Power, BodiTrak Sports, V1 Golf Academy, U.S. Kids Golf, Operation 36 - Level 3, Positive Coaching Alliance, True Temper and Ping Clubfitting.
Steve’s background as a three sport athlete, his experience working for top LPGA instructors, his passion for junior golf, and his ability to identify and work with individual’s physical limitations, makes him a perfect fit to work with golfers of all types and abilities.