Michael Holiday, a Huntington, Long Island native, grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where his golf career began at the young age of 13. In the small town of Hawley, PA, Michael began his career as a bag room associate at the Paupack Hills Country Club, which was beginning of his journey to become a successful P.G.A. Professional.
Michael had ventured a long way since his days at Paupack Hills CC, discovering opportunities that scenic Hilton Head Island had to offer, where he spent five years expanding the skills necessary to become a successful P.G.A. Professional. Evolving from a member of the outside service at Long Cove Club, which was ranked #1 in South Carolina by Golf Magazine 1999, Michael received his first position as an Assistant Golf Professional at Moss Creek. Moss Creek became a stepping-stone for his career, which brought him to one of the most prestigious resorts in the United States, Harbour Town Golf Links. Under the direction of the esteemed Director of Golf and mentor, John Farrell, Michael became an Assistant Professional of the Top 100 ranked course from 1998-2001 which hosts the P.G.A. Tours World Com Classic, “The Heritage of Golf”.
Michael decided to leave Hilton Head Island to pursue his golf career in what he thought was the most prestigious section in the industry, the NJ/Met Section. In 2002, he joined the staff at UMCC as their First Assistant Professional, where he was involved in all aspects of managing the golf operation. In 2003, he earned his Class “A” P.G.A. membership, where during the winter months he was fortunate enough to accept a seasonal responsibility as Director of Instruction at The Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.
2005 proved to be a milestone in Michael’s career, where he proudly became the Head Golf Professional at Upper Montclair CC. This year Michael will be celebrating his 19th season at the Club, where currently as their Director of Golf he strives to provide the highest quality of service for both his membership and guests.
Michael has been a member of the NJPGA Board of Directors for six year and is currently serves as the Chairman of NJ Education Committee. Michael Recently was honored the Bill Strausbaugh Award for his continued dedication for placing several UMCC Assistants who have become esteemed Head Professionals all of the Country.
Michael still competes amongst his peers at the highest level and has recently qualified for the Met Open at Glen Oaks, multiple State Opens and won the 2014 State Pro-Scratch and continues to be a top player in the NJ Section
Michael currently resides in Midland Park with his wife, Michelle, twin daughters, Samantha and Isabella, and their English bulldogs, Bubba and Gus.