Edina, Minn., April 27, 2022 – Tommy Koehler has been named the new PGA Director of Golf for Braemar Golf Course.
Koehler, 30, grew up playing at Braemar Golf Course, 6364 John Harris Drive, and has been an instruction golf professional at Braemar since March 2019. While playing for St. John’s University, he was an All-American and then spent five years as an Assistant Professional at Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata.
“Tommy is a rising star in the regional golf industry, and Braemar and the City of Edina are fortunate to have him on staff,” said Braemar Golf Course General Manager Joe Abood. “Tommy is knowledgeable of the golf industry, organized to handle a large staff, experienced with both high-end public and private club operations, and is an excellent instructor.”
“I really enjoy watching my clients work through challenges while maintaining their love for the game,” Koehler said. “Golf is a difficult game and progress isn’t always linear, but it is so rewarding to see clients achieve their goals.”
In addition to instruction, as PGA Director of Golf Koehler will be responsible for managing the professional staff as well as overseeing the operation of the Championship 18 course. Among the goals are to provide best in class customer service for Braemar patrons, exceptional private instruction and improve what’s already the region’s best junior program.
“My goal is to get as many people interested in golf as possible,” Koehler said. “Golf is a lifelong sport and complements life in a variety of ways, from business negotiations to relaxation and exercise. I plan to do this by focusing on our youth programs as well as bringing in new golfers. The pandemic has increased interest in golf, and we would like to keep that momentum going.”
Koehler is also excited about the Braemar Pro-Am scheduled for August. The event benefits PGA Reach Minnesota, which helps expand golf opportunities for youth, military members, veterans and people with disabilities. Braemar shares that same mission, Koehler noted, with options for all ages and abilities.
“I love that the Braemar Golf Dome offers the opportunity to improve your skills year round, the Academy 9 course is perfect for people who want a quick round or are just starting out, and the Championship 18 course itself is incredible,” he said. “It is rare to find that many options all in one facility. Braemar has been a great fit for me professionally and for my family.”
That family includes a wife, 3-year-old boy and 1-year-old twin sons, whom Koehler hopes will learn to love the game as much as he does.
For more information or to learn about playing in or sponsoring the Pro-Am, contact Koehler at TEKoehler@EdinaMN.gov or 952-903-5778. Braemar Golf Course information is at BraemarGolf.com.