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Black Swan Golf Academy
Meet the Staff

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Joe’s love of golf brought him to sunny Miami, Florida where he attended Johnson and Wales University, studying entrepreneurship. He was a member of the JWU North Miami Golf Team where they were ranked among the top 25 college golf teams in the country. Joe graduated Cum Laude from Johnson and Wales University in 2022 with a degree in Business Administration.

Joe has always had an interest in the golf swing and enjoyed teaching the game of golf. This interest led him to pursue a career in golf instruction and become committed to learning as much as he can about being a top instructor. Joe knew he needed to learn from the best so this led him to go work at The Jim Mclean Golf School at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL. The Jim Mclean Golf School is highly regarded as one of the best golf schools in the world. During his time at the school he worked as the Lead Assistant Instructor along with successfully completing the rigorous Jim Mclean Teaching Certification. Joe was also able to shadow some of the best golf instructors in the country, including Jim Mclean himself. He has used those experiences to start his golf instruction brand called Transition Golf, which is designed to help players of all skill levels improve their games.

Joe Saia has been passionate about the game of golf ever since he was introduced to the game over 12 years ago. Joe was raised in the town of Burlington which is 20 minutes north of Boston and regularly played in junior golf tournaments in the New England area during his junior years.


Along with playing in NEPGA Junior tournaments he was a member of the Burlington High School Golf Team, helping them win division titles each year he was on the team. During Joe’s junior and senior year he was voted Middlesex League All Star along with being a team captain his senior year.



Joe Saia

Lead Teaching Professional

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Nate Bertrand 

Head Golf Professional 

Nate is entering his 3rd season as the Head Golf Professional at Black Swan Country Club. In addition to managing the golf operations for the club, Nate will be teaching the weekly Adult and Ladies golf clinics with Joe and the summer junior camps with Chris Young. 

Nate is pursuing his PGA Class A Membership and worked as an assistant pro at Stow Acres Country Club and Highlands Reserve Golf Club prior to coming to Black Swan as Head Golf Professional.

Chris is entering his 3rd season with the Black Swan Golf Academy and will primarily be teaching junior camps with Nate. He has been involved in the game for almost 35 years and is the head Varsity golf coach for Georgetown High School. 

Chris is a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor, and in 2010, founded the Honda North Junior Golf Tour, with the mission to introduce junior golfers to tournament golf and provide them with a setting that focuses on sportsmanship and the importance of giving back to their communities. He is currently enrolled in the PGA/PGM program working to become a Class A PGA Member. Chris is passionate about teaching the game to all players, no matter their age, ability, or experience.

Chris Young

Teaching Professional

He attended Northern Essex Community College, and was part of the 1993 team that won the New England Regionals and competed in the Nationals at St. Simon’s Island, GA. Chris’ father, Buddy Young, was the tournament director of the NEPGA, South African PGA Tour, and Rules official for the Boston Bruins Tucker Anthony Charity events. Buddy purchased the North Atlantic
Tour in 1994 from Jeff Malone, where Chris became the Tournament Director and USGA Rules Official for 20 years. Prior to turning professional in 2015, Chris competed in several State Public Links, Mid-Amateurs, and Open Championships, winning the Southern New Hampshire Amateur in 2005.

Student Testimonials:
"When I first came to Chris a year ago, my handicap was 24. Now I am down to 17 and shot the best round of my life, an 82." -Tim G.

"Having never played the game before, Chris was inspiring, patient, and genuine-what more can you ask from a teacher. I am having fun and hooked on the game!" -Beth K.

"Hovering at a 12 handicap for most of my life, Chris was able to find the breakthrough understanding of my game, and in one year, I started breaking 80 consistently and now have a 7 handicap." -Ron K.
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