Charlottesville's Premier Golf Practice and Learning Center
On May 23, 1997, the Scheuermann family’s longtime passion for the game of golf and it’s rich traditions produced a spectacular golf practice and learning center in Ruckersville, Virginia – The Highlands Golf Park. Owner and retired professional golf instructor, Anne Marie Scheuermann, dedicated the park to the memory of her Scottish father, Leslie W. Mercer, who was also a golf instructor who wanted to share his love for the game with all people of all ages. Mercer pioneered the development of high school golf teams and was an early proponent of public links golf courses.
The Highlands Golf Club reflects this family’s love of golf and its rich traditions. Anne Marie and her husband Peter Scheuermann created both a business and their family’s legacy for the future. Anne Marie was instrumental in growing the business and encouraging others to find passion in the game of golf. In 2006 she was recognized for her contributions to women’s athletics and was Inducted into the Northeast Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1999, Peter and Anne Marie’s daughter Gretchen Sheuermann, an LPGA Class A Golf Instructor, joined the organization. When her parents retired in 2007, Gretchen took over the reins of the family business and continues to run the Highlands Golf Park today.
The Mercer-Scheuermann family has produced a legacy of golfers utilizing their strategically-formed training areas and methods combined with an atmosphere of fun and encouragement. Gretchen continues that tradition to this day.
Gretchen Scheuermann, Owner and LPGA Class A Teaching Professional
Gretchen Scheuermann is the owner and Director of Golf Instruction at the Highlands Golf Park. Gretchen is the daughter of the founders, Anne Marie & Peter Scheuermann and has been a part of the family business since it opened in 1997. As the current owner/manager, Gretchen strives to carry on the Highlands tradition of providing a premier driving range and golf practice facility in Central Virginia.
As an LPGA Class A Teaching Professional, Gretchen enjoys helping golfers of all ages and skill levels bring their golf game to a higher level. A lifelong competitor herself, Gretchen’s enthusiasm for playing and teaching the game of golf has been in her blood from the start. As the granddaughter of former Vermont Amateur golf champion Leslie Mercer, and daughter of retired Teaching Professional Anne Marie (Mercer) Scheuermann, Gretchen has been a standout athlete since childhood. Before focusing on golf, Gretchen earned various accolades as a top collegiate field hockey player. She thrived as a scholarship athlete at Northwestern University and was a member of U.S. National Field Hockey Team (’95 & ’96); was inducted into the Northwestern University Athletic Hall of Fame; and was selected to the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame (’13).
Over the years, Gretchen has developed a patient style of coaching and knows that it is important to have fun in the process of playing your very best golf game. As a dedicated golf professional, Gretchen has a true passion for teaching and has a great ability to really connect with and motivate her students.