We had the good fortune of connecting with Garreth Carpenter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Garreth, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’m 26 years old now and began playing golf 15 years ago. My great uncle (Eddie McCoy) caddied for Gary Player the three years he won the Masters Golf Tournament. I always had hopes/dreams to make it to that level at some point in my golf career. So I practiced like it was a full time job. When I was in high school. I played every sport, a member of multiple organizations, and NJROTC; in order to be as well rounded as possible before college, understanding that golf is a business and the quickest/easiest way to network is by having common experiences with someone. I always had my hands and feet in multiple things at once so that I would always make that connection. I attended NCCU on a golf scholarship and began my professional career in college as well. It wasn’t until my internship at Duke University Golf Club, where I learned of every facet of the golf industry that I knew I wanted to teach. However I was also able to see the difference between HBCU D1 golf and PWI D1 golf. Major difference, where my collegiate golf coach had to work countless hours, night and day just for us to get golf bags, shirts, somewhere to practice and compete and still didn’t have half of what other institutions received in the area. It all came easy to a Duke student athlete. I mean to be a college student athlete and not be afforded the basic necessities of a uniform, practice area, tournament schedule and equipment really stood out to me. So after graduation all I wanted was to build an affordable golf outlet for everyone. I wanted new age golf apparel that would be cool to wear on and off the golf course; I wanted to be able to host golf tournaments/events that anyone could afford regardless of skill level, so that inner city school students and collegiate students could build a golf resume before and after college; and most importantly teach the game of golf whether it be a 4 year old kid that can barely lift the club, an experienced collegiate golfer, or an 88 year old adult with physical health issues. If they have the desire, I have the outlet.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As the Owner & CEO of Must Be Nice Golf Academy, LLC I remember. My mother used to always tell 2 quotes. “Talent and skill may get you to the top but it takes character to keep you there” and “You can’t set the course of where you’re going until you know where you are” I have lived by these quotes since I won my first golf tournament at the age of 12. Growing up my mother made sure I was a part of every community organization I could be apart of. Whether it be Church youth groups, FBLA, Top Tots, Top Teens, NJROTC, First Tee of Augusta, volunteer for Senior Living, Chess Club, etc. My father made sure my mom signed me up for every sport. And if I was signed up I had to perform well. My mother would make me memorize whole poems and bible scriptures that began with every letter in the alphabet while also practicing my jump shot, or running routes in football, squaring up a goal kick, or making 50 5 foot putts in a row. My mother would often tell me “your good or great is not good enough son”. She would say “As a black man you have to be just as good as everyone you see and hear and even better than everyone else, just to get half of what others that do not look like you receive on a daily basis”. I honestly believe that when she saw that golf was going to be my forever sport and driving force. She instilled in me values that I learned from having to memorize the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. Meaning in order to live a successful life it takes balance. Being able to deal with the ups and downs and remain undisturbed like on the golf course. To have the confidence and patience in any situation so that you may perfect anything you strive for. I should be in one mind in success and failure so that I may learn from it. I should be honest even when others are dishonest, integrity is huge in this game of golf. prove your value. Having all those qualities and characteristics mentioned in the poem will teach manhood and leadership. This is what my brand embodies. It embodies perfection, strength, perseverance, and confidence; the desire to do more for those around you. It elevates drive and awareness. It gives an opportunity where there is none. I believe my brand can offer anyone a story. Whether it be how they changed their style up, created their own successful golf swing, or made a friend/rival in a golf event.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I thoroughly enjoy entertaining people and throwing parties. My typical day begins at 6am and is over around 2-3 am. I know I don’t often sleep. LoL. I would go to the gym (Evans Fitness Club) about 7 am. Grab a smoothie about 8am. and a breakfast sandwich from Toasty on the Hill. Head over to the First Tee of Augusta around 9am to warm up, get some practice in, and hang out with the kids. Then I’d slide next door to the Augusta Municipal Golf Course (Patch) around Listen to their hilarious stories of history in Augusta. Even the serious topics have a punch line. Play a quick round of golf be home by noon. I’d get home take a 1hr power nap and head to Wedges and Woods driving range with a half gallon of orange juice to make a beermosa while we play golf on the top tracer. By about 2 oclock we’d be at Chop House or Rhineharts for their lunch special. When 4’oclock comes around I may go up to my moms house to have some wine and relax in her pool while we play tonk, dominoes, spades, and Uno. By 7 oclock I would send a group text out about the moves for the night. Typically I would cook at my house and everyone come by for dinner and pregame byob Lol. I always have my friends leave business cards on the table for their businesses or jobs. So that anyone can grab them while there. Then we’d find ourselves at Crown Plaza, Partridge Inn, or Hyatt rooftop bar for cigars and cocktails. End the night with shooting pool at Limelite with their famous wings or head downtown to Garden City Social Club or Bar on Broad. That’s a typical day. I stay on the move every now and then we’ll go to Savannah River Walk, or rent a boat at Clarks HIll to fish, go shooting at Fort Gordon, or an escape room downtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my late great uncles Carl and Edward McCoy for giving me the vision of what this game could be for me. I would like to thank my grandfather Leon Carpenter for putting that golf club in my hands. I would like to thank my father Gary Carpenter for developing my golf game and finding time for every tournament. I would like to thank my mother Richelle Mohler for always being my biggest support system helping me to understand that my good enough is not good enough I must be better than what I believe to be the best. I would like to shout out my younger brother Gavin Carpenter for helping me become someone that I want him to believe in and strive towards to be better than. I would like to thank my cousin Fred Will Carswell for being my driving force and my biggest competitor. I would like to thank Jill Brown, Lashunda Hall, and the First Tee of Augusta family for being my outlet growing up and giving me a place I could call home. I would like to thank North Carolina Central University and Duke University Golf club for the opportunity of a lifetime that really opened my eyes to so much more that I could do with this little white ball. 4 PGA Professionals that would give me the opportunities of a life time Conan Saunders, Karl Kimball, Ed Ibarguen, Andre Lacey. My mentors Derrick Hicks Jr, Spencer Jones, and Reese Carson for being my confidants throughout my college career. My brothers in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. And many others along the way that helped me stay on the straight and narrow path I chose.
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