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Eric MacCluen, PGA Professional

Director of Instruction, Applecross Country Club

"25+ Years of Award Winning Instruction"



PGA Professional Eric MacCluen began teaching at Delcastle Golf Course in 1989, and in 1994 became the Director of Instruction at Hartefeld National Golf Club until 2000 when he started the Eric MacCluen Golf Academy with the intention of making golf accessible to everyone in the Delaware Valley.

Eric's love for the game motivates him to not only refine the techniques of highly skilled players, but also to teach proper basics to beginners. His ongoing commitment to juniors has brought approximately 100 college scholarships as well as many national tournament wins. In addition, his numerous clinics and camps have allowed children as young as 4 years old to have fun as they are taught new skills.

Eric has been a PGA member since 1994. Among his achievements, Eric was an All American at Greensboro College, a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Golf Leader in 1998, received the D.S.G.A Annual Award in 1999, and was the Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year in 2002. Eric has also been awarded the Top 50 Kids teacher from 2004 thru 2007 by US kids Golf. In 2008, he was awarded the Top 50 Master Teacher Award. For the 2011/ 2012 golf seasons, Eric was voted one of Pennsylvania's Best Teachers by Golf Digest Magazine. Most Recently, Eric has been honored as the recipient of the PGA Philadelphia Section 2014 Youth Player Development Award for his extraordinary and exemplary achievements in youth player development and growing the game of golf.

Eric is proud to announce, in January of 2011, he joined Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, PA as their new Director of Instruction. "Along with the Applecross team I am excited to be taking the first steps towards becoming the premier private facility for golf instruction in the area!"

Eric currently resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife Holly who has been an administrator in their business since 2002 and their 12 year old son Eric who loves to play baseball. His two step sons are both currently attending college; Ryan is a senior at the University of Delaware majoring in business and loves to cook while Liam is a junior at the University of Mount Olive, NC majoring in business also and receives a golf scholarship to play for the university.



  • NCAA All American at Greensboro College
  • N. C. State University graduate with a Bachelor's in Communications
  • PGA Member since 1994
  • Director of Instruction at Hartefeld National Golf Club in

Avondale, PA from 1994 - 2000

  • Owner of the Eric MacCluen Golf Academy from 2000 - 2011
  • Director of Instruction at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, PA since 2011 and current owner of
    Eric MacCluen Golf LLC.

  • Over 100 students have received college scholarships
    and many national tournament wins
  • 1998 Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Golf Leader Award for outstanding work with our nation's youth
  • 1999 D.S.G.A. annual award for his contributions to the future of the game
  • 2002 PGA Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year Award for making a significant impact on the game
  • 2004, 2005 and 2007 "Top 50 Kids Teacher" in America by the U.S. Kids Golf Company
  • 2008 "Top 50 Master Kids Teacher" in America by the U.S. Kids Golf Company
  • 2011/ 2012 voted one of Pennsylvania's Best Teachers by Golf Digest Magazine
  • 2014 PGA Philadelphia Section Youth Player Development Award for his extraordinary and exemplary achievements in youth player development and growing the game... also recognized in the top 5 in this category nationally.



Eric is available for instruction at Applecross Country Club year round.
For questions contact Eric by phone: 484.888.6611 or by e-mail:


To schedule a private lesson with Eric online click here!


Eric MacCluen is one of the original 13 teaching professionals in the
United States to receive the "Top 50 Kids Master Teacher" award.
This is the highest honor a golf instructor can receive from US Kids Golf. These Master Kids Teachers are honored for their perpetual efforts in growing the game of golf among kids.


Meet the Applecross Golf Academy Team Members



Liam McAnally, Teaching Professional

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Liam by phone: 484.631.3985 or by e-mail:

Eric MacCluen is absolutely excited to have Teaching Professional, Liam McAnally, join the Applecross instructional team in 2019 as it's youngest and most passionate team member.

Liam has been playing competitive golf since the age of 12 and even won the Applecross Men's Club Championship at just 16 years old. As a talented young athlete at Downingtown West High School, Liam was a varsity letterman all four years and state medalist his senior year. Liam continued his golf success at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, where he was again a 4 year letterman, chosen captain of his team and significant contributor to a top 25 nationally ranked team. Liam won the Barton Intercollegiate Tournament at Cutter Creek CC in NC and has a low round score of 64. Liam graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Liam is actually no stranger to the instructional team here at Applecross, he has been working with hundreds of young golfers as a camp counselor with us since 2012. As a camp counselor, Liam has developed valuable leadership qualities as well as the athletic and personal skills required to help young golfers develop their own game and reach there goals. He has the quality of great patience and a calm demeanor to work with both children as well as with adults.

As a caddy at both Stonewall and Overbrook Golf Club for over 7 years, Liam had the great experience of helping golfers navigate around the golf course with success during both regular play and special club events.

Liam would like to work with young golfers to help them become future stars of the game as well as work with adults in achieving lower scores to always make the game fun.

Liam has three siblings: Ryan, Eric, and Piper. His father, Kierin and step mother, Tina reside in Hockessin, DE while his mother, Holly and step father, Eric are residents of Downingown, PA.


Justin Howe, Teaching Professional

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Justin by phone: 484.319.8081 or by e-mail:

Eric MacCluen is thrilled to have Teaching Professional, Justin Howe, join the Applecross instructional team in 2019 as it's newest and definitely enthusiastic team member.

Justin grew up in Exton, PA and has been a multi-sport athlete his entire life. As a kid, Justin played football for the Marsh Creek Eagles and had great success playing baseball for several different organizations. Justin is a graduate of Downingtown East High School where he was an All-Chesmont Defensive Back and a three year letterman for both football and baseball. Justin continued his football career at West Chester University before transferring to Neumann University. At Neumann University, Justin was a three year letterman on the Men’s NCAA Golf Team and chosen team Captain as a senior. Justin graduated from Neumann University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently a PGA Apprentice.

Justin is no stranger to Applecross Country Club; before teaching for the golf school, Justin worked as an Assistant Pro at the club for 4 years. Justin has a strong passion for the game of golf and has a deep desire to teach the game that he loves. Justin wants to share his love for the game with golfers of all ages and help them reach their full potential. Justin believes golf is a game for life and that it is the ultimate sport whether you are a youngster or a senior, and that it is never too late to start.

Justin has gained many valuable skills and leadership qualities with his experiences of being a high level competitive multi-sport athlete which he intends to use to help kids and adults reach their goals within the game of golf.

Justin currently resides in Exton, PA with his parents Eric and Marykaye, his brothers Andrew and Patrick, his girlfriend Glenn, and his four dogs and three cats.


Applecross Golf Academy Supporting Team Member


Dave Ostrow, FitGolf Physical Therapist

@ Applecross Country Club

Contact Dave by phone: 484.947.1253 or link to his site:

Eric MacCluen Golf is excited to have Dave Ostrow, an esteemed golf fitness trainer from FitGolf, available to complement the talented instruction at Applecross Country Club since 2013.

We are fortunate to have Dave on site two days a week. Dave Ostrow has been a physical therapist for over 27 years. He is regarded by many to be an expert in the golf fitness industry and has published numerous articles in PGA Magazine, Golf Illustrated, Advance Magazine, and newspapers across the US. David, a member of the Titleist Performance Institute’s Medical Advisory Board and K-Vest Advisory Board, has dedicated himself to the health and well-being of golfers. He will be taking appointments with our members and training some of our junior golfers both privately and in our junior golf fitness classes on Saturdays.





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