Matt Bailey, PGA
Growing up in Scottsdale, Matt started playing the game of golf at the age of 12. He started working at Coronado Golf Course picking the practice range after school. He played four years on the golf team at Coronado High School and continued to play competitively for two years at Scottsdale Community College. During this time Matt worked in the service area at the Phoenician, Desert Highlands, Troon Country Club and Forest Highlands. He loved the golf business and knew this was going to be his career.
In 1991, his second year at Forest Highlands Golf Club, he registered for the apprentice program with the PGA. In the winter months he worked at Troon Country Club and in 1992, he was promoted to first assistant. This gave him an opportunity to work year-round at one facility.
In 1996, Matt was married to Shannon, received his class “A” membership into the PGA of America and was offered the Head Golf Professional position at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver, Colorado. Three big wonderful life changes in a year. During the ten years he was at Pinehurst Country Club, he served on the Colorado Section PGA Board of Directors, served on the Colorado PGA Foundation Board of Directors, was the Chairman of the Teach a Thon for inter-city kids, served on the Rules committee, Awards committee and Finance committee, and was awarded the Merchandiser of the Year for Private clubs in 2002.
Matt rejoined Forest Highlands as the Director of Golf in 2007. During this time Matt has coached the Northland Preparatory Academy golf team and received Merchandiser of the Year for Private clubs in 2011 and 2017.
The most proud moments of his life were the birth of his three daughters Taylor, Katherine and Caroline.