JASON BIRNBAUM -Director of Instruction and Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach
Jason Birnbaum is the Director of Instruction at Manhattan Woods Golf Academy in West Nyack, New York. He was recently voted as a Golf Digest “Best-in-State” teacher in New York for 2021-2022 and was also featured on the 2021 Golf Magazine “Watch List.” Jason has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the country’s “Best Young Teachers in America,” a compilation of the top 40 teachers under the age of 40.
As a golf professional, Birnbaum has experience working with all levels of golfers, from beginners to professionals on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European PGA Tour, and Korn Ferry Tour. Some of Jason’s past and present students include Jim McGovern, Oliver Wilson, Alexandre Rocha and Roberto Diaz. He was the director of the Mitchell Spearman Junior Golf Program from 2003-2007, where he oversaw the opening and operation of new junior facilities throughout the northeast, and beginning in 2008 Jason designed the Jason Birnbaum Junior Golf Camp, which attracts serious juniors from around the metropolitan area and is now based at Manhattan Woods Golf Club. Jason was recognized in 2012 and 2014 by U.S. Kids Golf TOP 50 Kids Teachers in America and co-founded All Star Golf Camp, a sleepaway program located at the SeaView Resort in Galloway, NJ.
Jason’s teaching experiences have taken him around the world. Some of his corporate clients have included Mercedes Benz, Bank of America and Alex Brown, among others. In the recent past he has taught in Canada and abroad in Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and Italy and has been featured in a variety of national and local golf publications that include Golf Digest, Golfweek Magazine, and The Met Golfer. Jason has also been a guest on Sirius/XM PGA Tour radio and has appeared multiple times on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.
Pete Kampmann is a golf teaching professional at Manhattan Woods Golf Academy. A PGA Class A member since 2011, Pete has honed his teaching skills at a number of well-known clubs in the New York Metropolitan area, including the Golf Club of Purchase, Sunningdale Country Club, Hudson National and Old Oaks. A three-time Metropolitan PGA Section Assistant Match Play champion, he specializes in TrackMan, FlightScope and K-Motion, and is a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach.
Vincent is the Junior Golf Camp Program Director at the Manhattan Woods Golf Academy. A New York native, Vincent studied PGA Golf Management at Florida Gulf Coast University. Soon after graduation, he began his professional teaching career, working at several clubs in both Florida and New York before making Manhattan Woods his full-time home in 2013. As a PGA member and certified by TrackMan, Vincent has experience working with all levels of golfers using advanced technology and fundamentals to help golfers improve their game. He specializes as a top junior instructor, leading Manhattan Woods’ unique Elite Junior Summer Camp every year.
Manhattan Woods Golf Academy
Manhattan Woods Golf Club
Manhattan Woods Golf Club was recently ranked by Golf Digest magazine as one of the “Best Courses in New York” for 2017-’18. Overlooking the New York City skyline, Manhattan Woods offers one of the finest private 18-hole designs in New York State. Located in West Nyack, N.Y., just 35 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Manhattan Woods serves as the perfect escape from the chaos of the office and distractions of the city.
Designed by golfing legend Gary Player, Manhattan Woods has been in existence since 1997. This championship design, located just miles from the George Washington Bridge, is complemented by true concierge-level service on and off the course. The Manhattan Woods layout will challenge your game and satisfy your soul—and is further enhanced by the club’s detailed, personalized caddie services. The course plays from 5,090 to over 7,100 yards with five tee sets to accommodate players of all skill levels.