Matt Barr, PGA



The Pennsylvania State University - University Park, Pennsylvania

PGA Golf Management – Recreational, Parks and Tourism Management - Class of 2014



Somerset Hills Country Club                                                                                                                                                                          Bernardsville, NJ

Assistant Professional - Current Employer


            One of AW Tillinghast’s first designs, SHCC is a classic 18 hole facility that was finished in 1917.  The club itself was formed in 1899 for social and recreational purposes.  The founders were primarily New York City residents and, thus, the use of “country” in the name of their Club. 


Golf Operations

  • Welcome members and guests, and assist in their daily needs

  • Oversee all hard goods in golf shop

  • Train all interns and new employees on golf shop/outside operations

  • Starters shifts

Junior Golf

  • Oversee junior summer program

    • Coordinate scheduling needs with Outside Ops and Tennis supervisors

    • Supervise golf camp counselors; daily procedures, hours, payroll, etc.

  • Organize spring afterschool program

  • Responsible for Junior Travel Teams/PGA Junior League

  • Plan and organize Parent/Junior night


  • Member lessons

  • Junior lessons

  • Develop clinic ideas and Instruction Education Program

  • Create staff instructional posters and other tip series


John Webster Golf Academy                                                                                                                                                                             Palm Beach, FL

Assistant Teaching Instructor - Current Employer


            The John Webster Golf Academy is a state of the art teaching facility based out of the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, FL.  Each member of the team is a highly skilled golf professional who brings solid experience from signature courses around the country.  Players of all levels will benefit from their tutelage, whether in group or private lesson format.


Individual Instruction

  • Taught over 130 hours of one-on-one instruction

  • Observed 50+ hours of lessons

    • John Webster, Director of Instruction

Group Instruction

  • Weekly member clinics

  • Weekly guest/family clinics

Junior Golf

  • Instructed over 50 hours of junior camp

    • Thanksgiving Camp

    • Holiday Camp

    • Spring Camp

  • Supervised Palm Beach Day afterschool program

    • 15 weeks

    • 15-20 juniors per session


The Country Club                                                                                                                                                                                                   Brookline, MA

Assistant Professional – Seasonally ’12, ’14 and ‘15


            The Country Club, established in 1882, is a 27 hole facility located just southeast of Boston.  Designed by the Campbell brothers, it is the oldest country club in the United States; hosting the 1913, 1963, and 1988 US Open’s, the 1999 Ryder Cup and over 5 USGA events.  The club’s 1,200 members, 600 of those golfers, play approximately 25,000 rounds per year. 


Tournament Operations

  • Assisted and conducted multiple 100+ player events

  • Experienced with Event-Man software

  • Planned prizes, proxies, and shotgun start for events

  • Communicated with food and beverage about tournament details

  • Assisted with multiple 3 – day member guests


  • Received and charged merchandise through POS Express

  • Completed golf shop invoices

  • Set up merchandise displays on a daily basis

  • $1,000,000 in sales annually

Pace of Play

  • Procedure - “Assess, Address, and Communicate”

  • Mediated slow play by communicating with players


  • Advanced junior golf academy

  • PGA Junior League coach U14 & U16

  • 13 week long junior camp, ages 5-12 (90 plus)

  • Weekly Junior Clinics

  • Assisted with women’s clinics

  • Observed coworkers

Outside Operations

  • Developed policy and procedures manual

  • Interacted with over 600 golfing members

  • Set up and broke down the driving range and short game area

    • 11 hitting stations and 3 short game areas

  • Cleaned and staged a fleet of 23 golf cars daily


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers                                                                                                                                                      Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Assistant Professional – Winter ‘14-‘15


            Set on 7,000 acres of active farmland, Cape Kidnappers is one of the youngest golf courses to join the top 100 in the world, currently at number 22.  Co-host of the Kiwi Challenge in 2008 and 2009, this Tom Doak design holds true to its rustic beauty all while being an exceptional test of golf. 


Golf Operations

  • Provide exceptional service for all golfers and lodge guests

  • Lodge guest travel logistics

    • Transportation, heli-transfer, etc.

  • Interact with and set up travel agent itineraries; planning and communication

  • Sunday afternoon lodge clinics

  • Start groups on first tee and monitor play

Cultural Understanding

  • Serviced guests from more than 15 different countries

  • Overcame challenging language barriers

  • Sensitive to cultural differences among guests

Food and Beverage

  • Exposed to a dynamic F&B operation

  • Received, placed and prepared orders

  • Communicated daily with lodge kitchen staff to ensure proper inventory levels


  • Attended Trackman level 1 seminar in Sydney Australia

  • Played in New Zealand Open qualifier

  • Observed various golf operations across New Zealand

    • Auckland, Northland, Wellington, Queenstown


National Golf Links of America                                                                                                                                                                   Southampton, NY

Golf Operations – May-November 2013


            National Golf Links of America, founded and designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, was established in 1909.  Having hosted the inaugural Walker Cup match in 1922, the club has earned its place in history.  The 18 hole links style course, once again hosting the 2013 Walker Cup, was called “my pride and joy” according to C.B. Macdonald himself.



  • Responsible for maintaining inventory levels of various vendors; equating to $250,000

  • Assisted with putting together the 2014 buying plan

  • Checked-in merchandise, input invoices into Jonas POS System

  • Maintained financial records of shop operations grossing $650,000 per season

  • Provided customer service to members and guests via product knowledge

Tournament Operations

  • Assisted with running all club tournaments including the Annual C.B. Macdonald Invitational and Fourball Tournament

  • Coordinated over sixty weekday corporate outings

    • Over $100,000 in corporate sales, a 6% increase from 2012

  • Implemented new pace of play procedures for all staff


  • Observed Jim Morris teaching instruction; top 100 teacher

  • Created outside operations staff manual


Essex County Country Club                                                                                                                                                                           South Orange, NJ

Golf Operations – Summer 2010 and 2011


            Essex County Country Club is an 18 hole private facility located in Northeastern New Jersey.  The course is originally an A.W Tillinghast design, opened in 1887; New Jersey’s oldest private country club.  The now 7,100 yard championship course has hosted multiple New Jersey State Amateurs and Opens.  It has over 250 playing members, with roughly 22,000 rounds played annually.



  • Received merchandise into Jonas POS system

  • Completed golf shop invoices

  • Set up daily merchandise displays

  • $300,000 of inventory, $600,000 in sales annually

Tournament Operations

  • Conducted morning first tee games

  • Coordinated golf car fleet

  • Administered outing registration

  • Assisted with 3 – day member guest invitational


  • Supervised 4-5 employees

  • Organized first-come-first-serve tee sheet

  • Distributed caddies, program of 55

  • Managed 40 unit golf car fleet

Junior Golf

  • Taught week long golf camp

  • Periodically assisted with sports camp

  • Revenue generated: $2,500


Tournament Experience


2014, 2015 & 2016 Masters Tournament

            The Masters Tournament held annually at Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most coveted events in all of golf.  Each year attracting more than 40,000 patrons per day, the Augusta National Golf Club provides them with a world-class experience year after year.


Berckman’s Place

  • 10,000 square foot hospitality center

  • Corporate patrons and guests of the membership

  • Interactive putting experience

    • Three replica putting greens

  • Educated patrons on history of the tournament as well as each hole in the experience  


2013 Walker Cup Match

            In early September, National Golf Links of America hosted the 44th Walker Cup Match.  This marked the return of the Match to the place where the inaugural competition was held in 1922. 



  • Assisted with receiving and organizing $150,000 in merchandise

  • Created a welcoming environment for 40 volunteers, and thousands of patrons

  • Oversaw various facets of merchandise concessions that saw sales 50% over targeted numbers

  • Created a logistical layout of the 4,000 square foot merchandise pavilion


2013 United States Amateur Championship

            During the week of August 12th, the U.S. Amateur made a return to the birthplace of a true amateur champion, Francis Ouimet.  The Country Club, being such a storied facility, was a perfect fit marking the 100th anniversary of Ouimet’s U.S. Open victory.



  • Interacted with over 2,000 patrons

  • Tracked merchandise sales

    • Had an overall knowledge of product

  • Sales upwards of $400,000 over the course of the event



  • 1st Place in NJPGA Assistants Event – Mendham GC – 69 – August 2016

  • Qualified (alternate) for National Assistants Championship – 74 - 73 – August 2016

  • Participated in PGA Jones Cup – Winter 2012

  • USCAA Golf Champion Runner-up (team) – Fall 2009