Operation 36 Golf Academies believe that skilled golfers are happy golfers.  We aim to build a community of golfers through coaching programs that are working together to improve their game.



Operation 36 Golf Academies are the creators of the internationally ran Operation 36 Golf Coaching Program.  The program & technology are designed to challenge golfers of all ages and abilities towards shooting par or better (score of 36) for 9 holes!




Operation 36 Golf Academies are dedicated to keeping up with the latest research and technology to help you improve your game faster.  Private Coaching Sessions are a great supplement to accelerate your golf development and set custom goals.




For our Junior golfers, Operation 36 Golf Academies offers day camps. The aim of the camps is to improve golf skills in an environment that inspires them to love the game, make friends and lasting memories.




The beauty of the game of golf is you can never stop learning!  From learning about the physics of ball flight, to caddying for your junior golfer, Operation 36 Golf Academies offer educational workshops to keep our Academy on the leading edge of golf development.

Meet Our Coaches



Seth grew up in a small town in West Virginia where he was introduced to golf by his father and grandfather. He fell in love with the game and had big dreams to become a PGA Tour player. Seth was becoming a competitive golfer, but knew he still hadn’t hit his potential. He began to seek instruction from better players at his home course and much to his surprise he slowly began to become a worse player. He was playing in at least 1 tournament a week and playing/practicing 6 days a week for hours on end. He had lost all confidence in his game, but continued to pursue a career in golf.


Seth found his way to Campbell University where he majored in PGA Golf Management. It was there that he would find out about all of his struggles and find a deep passion for teaching. He regained confidence in his game by diving deep into the anatomy and geometry of the golf swing. Once he found a love for teaching he never looked back. He spent the next 4 years attending certification trainings, networking with other instructors, and landing a position with Operation 36 Golf Academy that would give him plenty of teaching experience.


Seth has now has an extensive teaching background having been the Academy Director at Reedy Creek Golf Club in Four Oaks, NC for the past 2 years. His Academy Students at Reedy Creek improved by a total of 395 strokes in the Operation 36 matches over the past 2 seasons. He has had two young ladies qualify for states along with numerous players competing at the local and regional level of junior events. Seth is a PGA member who is certified as a Network Stack and Tilt Instructor, Level 2 Certified Operation 36 Coach and a Certified Level 1 Instructor in Golf Swing Biomechanics. He is extremely excited to offer any help he can to the members at Hasentree!

Class A PGA Professional

Operation 36 Certified Coach

Network Stack & Tilt Certified

New Rules Golf Coach Certified

Level 1 Golf Biomechanics Certified

Campbell University PGA GM Grad.



Cory grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where he was introduced to golf by his father. He fell in love with the game and had dreams of competing in college and eventually on the PGA Tour. Not having any instructors nearby he decided to teach himself how to play. He started watching videos and looking at golf swings trying to understand what made the best so good. This created his passion for learning, and a need to understand the game and swing on a much deeper level.

Cory decided to follow that passion on his way to Campbell University where he majored in PGA Golf Management. It was there that he was given the opportunity to dive even deeper into the game. He spent the next four years learning the anatomy and geometry of the swing. He also took the opportunity to spend those four years shadowing PGA Tour putting instructor David Orr. His passion did not stop there as he continued to look for answers to questions he still had. Over the past two years he has continued his journey by studying biomechanics, human development, and skill development.

The journey to finding answers has taken Cory across the country shadowing and building relationships with some of the world’s most respected coaches. Cory is a PGA member who is certified as a Network Stack and Tilt Instructor, Level 2 Certified Operation 36 Coach, Level 1 Swing Catalyst Instructor, and a Certified Level 1 Instructor in Golf Swing Biomechanics. Cory believes in a holistic approach to coaching, and believes in long term development over short term fixes. He is excited to bring that passion to The Hasentree Club, and along with Seth create the finest coaching environment in the Triangle.

Class A PGA Professional

Operation 36 Certified Coach

Network Stack & Tilt Certified

Level 1 Dr. Kwon’s Golf Biomechanics

Level 1 Certified Swing Catalyst Instructor

Campbell University PGA GM Grad.


  • This has been an outstanding program for our 8-year old son.  He loves the group practices with friends and thrives on the instruction provided by his coach.  We really like how the matches are conducted - starting at 25 yards and then moving farther away.  He is continually learning and practicing his short game as he grows his long game.  Operation 36 is fantastic!

    Jennifer Eastman
    Jennifer Eastman Parent
  • The Igrow golf academy at Hasentree is great! We enrolled both our children, Nick 10 years old and Bella 7 years old and they love it.  The instructor Seth Thompson has a unique way of keeping the instruction and drills fun and engaging while teaching the kids the fundamentals of golf.  Both my kids have shown a lot of improvement in only a few months.  Nick really likes the 9 hole golf matches at the end of each week.  We are very happy the academy is here at Hasentree and would recommend it to anyone!

    Mark DeLisio
    Mark DeLisio Parent
  • I've been very impressed with Josh's progress through his 1st semester in OP36 and I know he has enjoyed it as well.  What I really appreciate about Seth is the personal interest he takes in Josh and all his kids improvement and the fact that he makes it fun for the kids.

    Jeffrey Heffner
    Jeffrey Heffner Parent
  • Operation 36 has been a great program for my son.   He is really excited to go to both the practices and the matches on the weekend.  I really enjoy the format that they use and it’s nice to be able to ride along and watch my son develop as he passes the different stages (distances).   Coach Seth has done a great job with this program!!!   We are excited for the fall season to start back up.

    Larry Coole
    Larry Coole Parent


  • Ian Doyle
    Ian Doyle
    Most juniors in between semesters take breaks while the Academy is not in session. One of our biggest challenges in our Academies is how do we motivate these juniors to continue to play/practice [...]
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  • Aaron Hupp
    Aaron Hupp
      One of the greatest parts about having a full Academy at The Hasentree Club is the opportunity to help adults who are looking for answers but don’t know where to turn. Mr. Hupp is an [...]
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  • Stephen Eastman
    Stephen Eastman
    When I was younger, I always wanted to compete with the older kids. No matter what sport I played, I wanted to beat the guys who were older and bigger than I was. It always kept me working [...]
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Flight Scope

Flight Scope

The Academy uses the brand new Flightscope X3 with Fusion Tracking.  Fusion Tracking is an innovative combination of 3D Doppler tracking and image processing.  Coaches can accurately measure ball and club data on each shot to give precise feedback during all coaching programs.

Blast Motion

Blast Motion

The Blast Golf swing analyzer sensor captures your stroke metrics, helps you analyze your data, and provides drills to improve your timing. By improving your timing, you will make more putts.

4D Motion

4D Motion

4D Motion is a revolutionary wireless 3D Full Body and Club Motion Capture system for your mobile device.  The software provides 3D visualization of your setup and swing, data, graphs and even an overlay comparison of swings.

Operation 36

Operation 36

Operation 36 is a structured program designed to get you shooting par or better for 9 holes. Available on your mobile device or computer, the software helps you track your progress, record your play and practice times, and socialize with your fellow Op36 golfers!




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