Darrell Kestner FinishDarrell Kestner has come a long way from the small coal town in West Virginia where he was born. Learning to play golf in his late teens from his father, Darrell realized then it was much easier to swing a golf club then a coal shovel.  Taking summer jobs in the coal mines, construction and even as a butcher helped formed the down home roots that have cemented his ideals that hard work, drive and determination will lead to success.

Darrell attributes his success to the many professionals he was fortunate enough to work for along the way including Tom Nieporte, Jim Mclean, Nelson Long, Bob Watson, Vic Sorrell, Bill Greenleaf, Dave Alvarez and George Lewis.

Now in his 23rd year at Deepdale Golf Club as the Director of Golf, Darrell continues to enjoy teaching and playing with the membership while competing at the highest level.  He works tirelessly to keep up with current technology and equipment.  Darrell continues to believe that success in golf is not only about a sound golf swing but also physical fitness, an incredible short game, mental preparation and most of all a great putting stroke.




 Professional Wins:

  • 1984 Charlie Pride Fiesta Champion – Nationwide Tour
  • 1982, 1983, 1995 Metropolitan Open Champion
  • 1982, 1987 Foot Joy National Assistant’s ProfessionalChampionship Winner
  • 1988, 1989 Westchester PGA Champion
  • 1992, 2001, 2002 Long Island PGA Champion
  • 1993, 1994 New York State Open Champion
  • 1994 Dodge Open Champion
  • 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995 Treiber Memorial Match Play Champion
  • 1995, 2006 Long Island Open Champion
  • 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2004 Met PGA Champion
  • 1996 National Club Professional Champion (Tournament record -17)
  • 1996, 1998 Head Pro Champion
  • 2003 New York State PGA Champion
  • 2003, 2005 Metropolitan Senior Open Champion
  • 2008 Senior Treiber Memorial Champion
  • 2010 Metropolitan Senior PGA Champion
  • 2012 Long Island PGA Champion


Major Championships:

  • 8 US OpensDarrell Kestner Golf Magzine
  • 13 PGA Championships
    • 1993 Inverness Club- First double eagle in PGA Championship history
  • 2 Senior US Opens
  • 8 Senior PGA Championships
  • 1 Senior British Open



  • 1994, 1995, 2003 Metropolitan Player of the Year
  • 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 Metropolitan Senior Player of the Year
  • 2004, 2005 National PGA Senior Player of the Year
  • 1997 Metropolitan Section Teacher of the Year
  • 2008 Metropolitan Section Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient
  • 2012 Metropolitan Horton Smith Award Recipient
  • Featured Speaker 2000 MET PGA Educational Forum
  • Featured Speaker 1997 Connecticut PGA Educational Forum
  • Featured Speaker at the National PGA Teaching Summit in New Orleans – Superdome  1999
  • Featured Speaker at the 2004 PGA Teaching Workshop.
  • Frequent guest instructor on The Golf Channel
  • Selected by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as Top 50 and Top 100 Instructors in the Nation

“Golf is a game.  Above all you must have fun.  Like anything in life, the more you know about something the better you can be.  Information is critical for improvement in this wonderful game.”

“One of the biggest keys to happiness is to have a balanced life.  This goes for your golf game as well.”

“Putting doesn’t take strength, flexibility or athleticism.  Great putters have put in their time in on the putting green.  Great putters are not born, they are made.  My motto regarding putting has always been respect the pace.”

Respect the Pace Autograph