Episode 001: Mike Harmon-Playing the PGA Tour, the golf industry, and building a club from the ground up
Interview of PGA Tour Professional and current Director of Golf at Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, SC, Mike Harmon. Mike Harmon is a titan in the industry, he's also the Director of Golf at Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, South Carolina. Mike has been in and around the game for almost 50 years. In that time he has seen and done it all and we talk about all of that in this show. We start with how he got started in the game as a kid and worked his way to becoming a member of the PGA Tour in the early 1980s where he rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest and best players to ever play the game. We then follow his career from the PGA Tour to the club side of the business where he goes from walking the fairways and playing at the elite level, all the way back to the beginning where he is washing golf carts, washing golf clubs and folding sweaters. From there we get into his progression on the club side of the business, where he worked his way up and became Director of Golf at Secession Golf Club and he was very instrumental in helping to build the club up from the ground level. We also talk about Secession Golf Club itself; the name, the unique experience, the challenges, and the success. In Mike's more than 30 years of helping to make Secession Golf Club a world-renowned club, he's also found time to win a number of awards at the local, Sectional, and National levels and his mentoring program, not only for assistants, but the kids in and around the city of Beaufort, illustrates his commitment to giving back. I caught up with Mike during one of the busiest times of the year, for him and the club, but in typical Mike fashion he is always more than willing to help someone, and he made time for this interview. He gives a ton of wisdom, tells some great stories and I hope you find this interview as enjoyable as I did while talking to him.