Kenny Hughes is a native of Biloxi, MS; His childhood was spent playing golf at Sunkist Country Club. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame when he attended MS Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS. Thereafter he attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he was named Player of the Year for Golf. In 1989 Kenny was named by the PGA as apprentice player of the year by the Mississippi Chapter. He has held membership in the PGA since 1992 and has competed in and won dozens of Tournaments.
Kenny's first position was assistant professional at Hickory Hill Golf Course in Gautier, Mississippi. His first mentor was PGA Professional Mickey Bradley who has been with the PGA Tour as a rules official since 1990. When Kenny received his membership in the PGA in 1992 he became the Head Golf Professional at the Broadwater Sun Course. The course changed its name to the President Broadwater Golf Club in 2007 and Kenny was promoted as Director of Golf. He remained at that course until 2000 when he left to open Shell Landing Golf Club.
Since his arrival as the General Manager at Shell Landing he has taken a course in a relatively unknown area and raised the standards to a golf club recognized by Golf week and Golf Digest as one of the top public courses. Kenny is a well respected member of the golfing community and has held positions in tourism and is integral part of the effort to promote Golf on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
On September 20, 2012, Kenny Hughes, Kenny Smith, Arlin Mallette, and Michael Fondren purchased both Shell Landing and Mississippi National. Kenny is now CEO of the courses.
Steve Chaney-Quarter Century PGA Professional
·Born in Meridian, MS
·Graduate Demopolis High School in 1969
·University of Mississippi from 1969 to 1973
·First lesson given in 1972 as a apprentice at Farmington Country Club
·PGA Member since 1976
·Mississippi PGA President from 1990-1992
·Mississippi Golf Professional of the year in 1991
·Moved to the Coast in 2000
While working at Farmington Country Club in 1972, Steve gave his first golf lesson. He continued to learn his trade from his Head Pro, Jeff Cox and some of the best golf instructors in the industry while pursuing his dream of becoming a PGA Golf Professional. Steve became a PGA Member in 1976 and then a Head Pro at Back Acres Country Club in Senatobia, MS in 1977, went to Columbus Country Club in 1982 as Head Pro. In 1990, Steve was elected as the Mississippi PGA President and in 1991, received a reward for Mississippi Golf Professional of the year. After playing in the 1990 MPGA invitational at Pine Island Golf Club in Ocean Springs, he fell in love with the gulf coast. In 2000, he moved to the coast and pursued his love for teaching and he was also accomplished in club fitting and repair. Steve has been following his passion for teaching golf for over 39 years, both on the course and the range. Since moving to the coast, he has given many individual lessons and 14 of Steve’s Students have received golf scholarships and several have gone on and played nationwide and in the PGA. Steve has worked with junior golfers his entire 39 year career. Steve says, “I really enjoy teaching kids to have fun with the game, emphasize sportsmanship and helping them to learn other valuable life skills through the game of golf.” Steve’s ultimate goal for his students is leaving them with a better understanding of how to improve and to have more FUN with the game of Golf.
All though Steve has a great passion for golf, his greatest love… is his family. Steve married Diane in 1972 and they have 3 children together, Kimberley, Allen, and Brian. He also has 2 grand children who are the pride of his life!
“Shell Landing’s PGA Professionals look forward to having the opportunity to help you enjoy this Great Game of Golf!"