Peter Kostis Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Net Worth, Email, Tin Cup and Career

Peter Kostis Biography |Peter Kostis

Peter Kostis is an American golf analyst and instructor. In 1992, Kostis joined CBS Sports as an on-course reporter and golf analyst. In addition to his CBS duties, he was the lead golf analyst for the USA Network from 1989 to 2004.

He began his career in golf as an Assistant Professional. Kostis’s passion for teaching quickly grew as he studied the greats of the game and began a career as a teacher.

By 1974 he was one of the original head instructors of the Golf Digest Schools. At these schools, he collaborated on a daily basis with the likes of Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Davis Love Jr., Paul Runyan, and Sam Snead until 1986.

During this time period, he gave a substantial amount of the 150,000 lessons he has given in over 20 countries. He also worked with major championship students like Bernhard Langer, Mark Calcavecchia, and Grace Park.

In 1989 he became the lead analyst of USA Network’s golf team until 2004. He has also been a golf analyst for CBS Network since 1990.

During his time as a teacher and a television analyst, Peter has been in both the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and the Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher List every year since their conception.

His reputation as an innovator as both an instructor and an announcer earned him an Emmy for his Konica-Minolta Bizhub Swingvision analysis on CBS.

Peter Kostis Age | How old Is Peter Kostis |Peter Kostis

Peter Kostis is an American golf analyst and instructor. Among his many students are Paul Casey, Chez Reavie, Bernhard Langer, Steve Elkington, Dan Marino, Maury Povich, and Mike Schmidt. He was born on December 23. 1946 in Sanford, ME. Kostis is 72 years old as of 2018. He is not a Greek descent.

Peter Kostis Family

He was born in Sanford, Maine, United States. As of now, he lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, US. Kostis attended The University of New Hampshire on a football scholarship.

Among his many students are Paul Casey, Chez Reavie, Bernhard Langer, Steve Elkington, Dan Marino, Maury Povich, and Mike Schmidt. He has the Peter Kostis Learning Academy at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kostis also was the instructor who coached Kevin Costner in the film Tin Cup, also appearing as himself in a speaking role. His Parent’s names are not provided. The updates will be done soon.

Peter Kostis Wife

Kostis is married to his wife Sandy Kostis. The couple has two kids together.

He was taking Sandy, his wife of 27 years, in for a colonoscopy last April when she insisted her husband go through the procedure as well. At first, he was reluctant. Now he is grateful.

“I just expected to go in and tell my wife, ‘See, I told you so,’ but when I got out that wasn’t the case,’” Kostis said from his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., last week. “Luckily for me, she was right.

A couple more months and I would have been in a lot worse shape. I had no symptoms, no family history. I was feeling fantastic.”

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Peter Kostis Net Worth

Kostis is an American golf analyst and instructor. Kostis is a golf instructor and has been a member of the Golf Digest teaching staff for over 20 years.

Among his many students are Paul Casey, Chez Reavie, Bernhard Langer, Steve Elkington, Dan Marino, Maury Povich, and Mike Schmidt. Kostis has an estimated net worth of $12 million dollars as of 2019.

Peter Kostis House

Kostis’ House in Paradise Valley, AZ (Google Maps)

The following link will lead directly to Peter Kostis House in Paradise Valley, Az Google map.

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Peter Kostis Email

His email address is KostisGolfSchool@gmail.com.

Peter Kostis Tin Cup

Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo with Cheech Marin and Don Johnson in major supporting roles.

Peter Kostis Golf Lessons

Hourly work with the staff…

At the Peter Kostis Golf Academy, They believe in diversifying your practice so we offer a unique amount of options.

Don’t get overwhelmed. The short of it is this: They can work on any part of your game for any amount of time.

Each staff professional has spent a minimum of fifteen years working with Peter understanding the ins and outs of a successful golf GAME, not just a golf swing.

Peter Kostis Says“We don’t teach a method. We don’t teach a system. We teach YOU—the individual golfer how to get better! ”

We’ll help you become aware of your tendencies and give you the tools so you can adjust! Our job is to equip you with the skill set to improve RIGHT AWAY!! No six-month timeline here–you’ll be better at the end of your first lesson.

Peter Kostis UNH

According to Kostis, Caramihalis, a University of New Hampshire alumni, sent a film of Kostis’ football highlights to UNH, which offered Kostis a football scholarship.

Kostis’ football career at UNH was short-lived; a knee injury ended his football playing days. “That’s when I got serious about golf,” says Kostis.

After graduating from UNH in 1970 with a BS in chemical engineering, Kostis returned to Maine and began his golf career as an assistant pro at the Cape Arundel Golf Club.

When winter set in, Kostis traveled to Florida, where he played in some mini-tour tournaments and got a job teaching at the Hamlet in Delray Beach. “I had an affinity for teaching and I made a decision that I would play a few events and get involved in teaching,” says Kostis.

While in Florida, Kostis got involved with Golf Digest Magazine, and along with Jim Flick and Bob Toskin, started Golf Digest Golf Schools in the fall of 1973.

Peter Kostis Cancer

CBS Sports’ Peter Kostis Diagnosed with Colon Cancer

Peter Kostis was diagnosed with colon cancer. He released this statement  regarding his status:

‘As many of you know, I have been absent from the last few CBS Sports golf telecasts. I fiercely try to keep my private life separate from my public life, but after hearing John Kruk talk about his testicular cancer last Sunday during the Red Sox-Yankees game, I decided to share my situation in hopes of spreading awareness of colon cancer.

‘I am currently home recovering from successful surgery for colon cancer. It was detected early during a regular physical and colonoscopy.

My great team of doctors in Phoenix will be putting me through preventative chemotherapy. Because of early detection, the prognosis for a full recovery is excellent. I had zero symptoms or family history. I urge everyone, if you are over 50 get a regular colonoscopy exam whether you think you need one or not.

‘I thank all of you who have sent messages, thoughts, and prayers for a speedy recovery. I also want to thank my CBS Sports family, CBS management, the whole golf crew, and announcers have been fantastic in their support. I’ll be back as soon as humanly possible.

Peter Kostis Career

Kostis is well known in the golf world. He is a respected teacher, running the Kostis/McCord Learning Center at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Since 1990, Kostis has also worked as a commentator for both CBS and USA Network’s golf telecasts.

Kostis’ golfing accomplishments, both in teaching and broadcasting are the reasons why he has been chosen to be an inaugural member of the Sanford High School Hall of Fame.

Kostis first took up the game of golf as a junior high school student, when his cousin Dennis Kostis, a member of the SHS golf team, would take him golfing at the Sanford Country Club.

“He was a fair player,” says Dennis. “You could tell he would make a great teacher someday. He had a very keen analytical mind.”

He followed in his cousin’s footsteps by joining the SHS golf team. Kostis was also a member of the baseball, basketball, and football teams. “In high school, he was a better football player than a golfer,” remembers Dennis Kostis.

While he enjoyed playing team sports in high school, Kostis says that he preferred golf above all. “There was something about it, I could control my own destiny,” Kostis says. “That’s why I gravitated to an individual sport.”

After he graduated from SHS in 1965, Kostis was not planning on making a career out of golf. He was nominated by Senator Edmund Muskie to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., “It was the only place I wanted to be,” says Kostis.

However, Kostis flunked the Naval Academy physical, ending his hopes of a naval career. “I was color blind,” says Kostis.

Enter SHS football coach Charlie Caramihalis.

According to Kostis, Caramihalis, a University of New Hampshire alumni, sent a film of Kostis’ football highlights to UNH, which offered Kostis a football scholarship.

He’ football career at UNH was short-lived; a knee injury ended his football playing days. “That’s when I got serious about golf,” says Kostis.

After graduating from UNH in 1970 with a BS in chemical engineering, Kostis returned to Maine and began his golf career as an assistant pro at the Cape Arundel Golf Club.

When winter set in, Kostis traveled to Florida, where he played in some mini-tour tournaments and got a job teaching at the Hamlet in Delray Beach. “I had an affinity for teaching and I made a decision that I would play a few events and get involved in teaching,” says Kostis.

While in Florida, Kostis got involved with Golf Digest Magazine, and along with Jim Flick and Bob Toskin, started Golf Digest Golf Schools in the fall of 1973.

“It created a whole new business in golf,” says Kostis. “Before then you couldn’t make a lot of money teaching as a pro in a club.”

Kostis was the head instructor at the Golf Digest Golf Schools from 1978 until leaving in late 1987.

It was a trip to the 1989 Ryder Cup matches at the Belfrey in England where Kostis began his television career, working for the USA Network.

“I had several players on both teams who were students of mine. A lady from the USA heard I was going to be there and they needed an extra announcer,” says Kostis. And a television career was born. “I guess they saw something they liked, and they signed me to a contract,” Kostis says.

According to Kostis, CBS announcers Ben Wright and Gary McCord were at the Ryder Cup, and they were very supportive of the first-time broadcaster. “They were very kind,” says Kostis.

The exposure at the ’89 Ryder Cup was also instrumental in landing Kostis a job covering golf with CBS. “At the time CBS and USA were partners, that’s how I got hired at CBS,” Kostis remembers.

Kosits has had the opportunity to cover many tournaments while working for CBS. He says that two that stand out in his mind are the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – “it’s the most fun” says Kostis, and the Masters. Kostis says the Masters is the most prestigious tournament that he covers. “Every golfer should have a chance to go there once in their entire life,” Kostis says.

From his position in the TV tower for the last decade, Kostis has had a chance to view the changing face of golf. According to Kostis, some of the biggest changes over the years are, “The broadening of the base of golfers.

It started out primarily as a man’s sport, then more women became involved,” says Kostis. “Now with the emergence of Tiger Woods you’re seeing more minorities.”

“There’s also a huge change in the money,” says Kostis. “It used to be a sport that wasn’t considered a major league sport, because of the money involved.

” As the amount of money involved has increased, Kostis says that golf has gone from a sport that is covered on “page six of the sports page to page one.

Especially when Tiger plays.”
He feels that Tiger Woods has been very good for golf by exposing new fans to the game, “You’re seeing a new breed of golf fans, a lot more kids coming to events,” says Kostis. “People who don’t even play golf are coming to see him at the tournaments.”

As for television’s coverage of Woods, Kostis doesn’t feel that television has oversaturated its coverage by any means. “He’s the best player in the world by a long shot,” Kostis says. “We’re accused every so often of showing all Tiger, but I don’t think that’s true.”

Kostis feels that golf’s appeal will continue to grow. “There are more and more young guys coming up,” says Kostis. “There’s a lot of great potentials out there. Golf has a huge future.”

Despite a busy television schedule (Kostis says that he covers a tournament almost every week from January to August), Kostis still finds time to teach the game he loves.

He estimates that he has given lessons to between 100 and 125 PGA and LPGA players, including Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Mark Calcavecchia, Bernhard Langer, and most notably, Jack Nicklaus.

“When Jack Nicklaus was getting ready for the Senior Tour, he came down to Florida to take lessons from me,” says Kostis. “His longtime teacher, Jack Grout had died, and he wanted somebody to watch him.”

Kostis says that working with the legendary Nicklaus was a thrill, “Anytime you get to play with him (Nicklaus) is special.”

Kostis’ doesn’t only work with professional golfers, he estimates that during his career he has given 150,000 to 250,000 lessons.

Some of his other notable students include Dan Marino; Darius Rucker of the rock band Hootie and the Blowfish; baseball Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Carl Yastrzemski, and television personality Maury Povich.

He has also given lessons to former President George Bush, and while in the Philippines for a clinic, Kostis was summoned to the presidential palace to give President Ferdinand Marcos a golf lesson.

Academy Award-winning actor/director Kevin Costner is another Kostis pupil. Kostis taught Costner how to play golf in preparation for the film “Tin Cup”. “Kevin was kind of a beginner,” says Kostis.

Kostis says that he and Gary McCord started working with Costner about eight months before the movie started filming. “He’s a quick study,” Kostis says. “He hit most of the shots in the movie. He did a great job.”

Kostis also appears in “Tin Cup”, playing an announcer, “It was a real stretch,” Kostis laughs.

In addition to his television work and teaching, Kostis runs the Kostis/McCord Learning Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. along with his partner (and fellow CBS employee) Gary McCord.

“McCord knew the owner of Greyhawk (golf club) and that person asked him to run a golf school there,” says Kostis. “Gary asked me to help him run it.”

Since Kostis was already considering moving his family from Boca Raton, Fla. to Arizona, a golf school was born.

According to Kostis, McCord told him that, “It’s the Kostis/McCord golf school and not the McCord/Kostis golf school because you’re the one who knows how to teach.”

Kostis has lived in Arizona full-time for the last seven years, however, he has a home in Maine, and he tries to spend summers there. He says he hopes to return to Sanford this summer, “My kids want to see the golf course where I grew up,” says Kostis.

Looking back at his roots in Sanford, and seeing the places his career has taken him, Kostis says, “I never, in my wildest dreams could imagine what has transpired and what I’ve done through golf. It’s been fun.”

He sees a lesson in his success. “Expand your dreams,” Kostis says. “If one person can do it, so can another.”