Imperial golf was started in 2013 as a stand alone golf facility here in Parkville, MO. With a lot hard work and perseverance we were able to grow the business through word of mouth based on a stellar reputation for eye opening instruction. Over the last few years our vision has been and still remains to impact the world of golf on a major scale. The renovation in February, 2017 was the first major step in the direction of growth for Imperial Golf. Creating a one of a kind purpose built facility that encompass' all aspects of the game of golf to further benefit our students and help mold a better game tee to green. With hard work and determination we are now poised to grow the brand of Imperial Golf.
Why Imperial Golf?
We wanted a name that would separate us from all other instruction as well as a name that was diverse enough to be applied to other areas of the golf industry. Instruction is just the beginning for Imperial Golf and we feel with our knowledge and professionalism we'll be able to branch out into others areas within the world of golf.
Why get rid of the "academy" name?
Our vision initially was to create something that was less regional so that when we start expanding beyond our current location the transition would be less complicated. Further more, in the world of changing golf retailers and club companies our role within the golf industry has yet to be defined. We are excited to find out what opportunities await us!
Jon Snyder - DeWitt, IA
Owner - Professional Instructor
Growing up in Iowa I developed a passion for the game at an early age getting involved in such events as the John Deere Classic and working seasonally on the course maintenance crew at Glynn’s Creek golf course. I went on to play golf for the local High School making varsity freshman year and going to State senior year. After graduation Jon studied landscape architecture at Iowa State for two years, volunteered for AmeriCorps for one year, and then enrolled in the Golf Academy of America program at the Myrtle Beach, SC campus to finish college. While I was there I was able to cultivate the desire he had for teaching and growing the game of golf through his classes as well as participating in other events like the World Amateur and Father/Son Classic. Graduating with honors and Player’s Credentials from the academy I transitioned immediately into to a teaching career which brought me to Kansas City, MO at the end of 2012. He has remained here since continuing to pursue the vision created at the Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, to impact the world of golf in a major way. The business was recognized by the Golf Academy of America in 2017 and 2018 earning myself top 100 Alumni honors in back to back years. Imperial Golf continues to grow with several students earning college scholarships for golf in the past few years, Our reputation is on the rise.
J.T. Watson - Battle Ground, WA
Marketing Director - Professional Instructor
I started playing golf at the age of 6 with the help and guidance of my Dad and Grandpa I continued on into High School winning a district title in 2002. Golf however was not my primary sport and despite only making the team his freshman year J.T. spent two years playing College Basketball in Portland, OR for a small NAIA school. Wanting to get back into golf I enrolled in the Golf Academy of America program in 2011 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Graduating with honors and earning my Players Credential. In 2014 while working in Orlando, FL and preparing to enter US Amateur events as well as US Open qualifiers I achieved a +4 handicap and was playing the best golf of my career. Being no better than a 10 handicap in High School, the transition as a golfer from average to top level has helped me understand what every student has to go through in order to continually achieve their goals. In November of 2016, I. joined Imperial Golf as their Marketing Director to help grow their presence online as well as cultivate new ideas for growth.