Growing up in Connecticut, Moraghan gravitated to golf under the watchful eye of his father, Tom, a talented amateur player. His competitive juices were further fueled by participation in swimming and hockey, but in 1978, upon graduation from Niagara University in upstate New York, he headed south to pursue a career in golf.

After acquiring ground-level experience in Myrtle Beach, Moraghan became a course superintendent for Pinehurst Resorts. In 1979 and 1980, he oversaw the course conditioning of Pinehurst #3 and #5. He then headed further south, joining the construction/maintenance team for the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Players Course (TPC) at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida, where he was introduced to Florida open space and first worked with golf course architect Pete Dye.

When another opportunity opened up within the TPC network in 1982, Moraghan moved to Dallas to oversee the reconstruction of The Las Colinas Sports Club. While there, he began a long friendship with the legendary Byron Nelson. He also had his first taste of tournament management, leading the set-up team and serving as lead superintendent for the inaugural 1983 Byron Nelson Classic at The Las Colinas Sports Club.

In 1985, Moraghan was hired by American Golf Corporation as Regional Golf Course Superintendent, responsible for five golf courses in and around Miami Beach. Overseeing a maintenance staff of nearly 100 workers, Moraghan was able to significantly upgrade conditions while working within narrow budget parameters during his tenure in municipal course maintenance.

Moraghan’s talents came to the attention of the USGA, where he worked from 1986 until 2006 preparing courses for national championships. Over two decades, he worked with countless superintendents, club boards, and all levels of management to provide optimal playing conditions. He also honed an ability to prepare detailed, long-range plans for executing superior conditions in high-profile situations.

While at the USGA, Moraghan was a regular attendee at Rules of Golf workshops and officiated at numerous championships. He worked closely with the USGA’s Green Section, attending research seminars and workshops. Maintaining his vast industry resources, Moraghan keeps abreast of trends and developments in the field and is constantly being sought for his expertise and experience. To the thousands of people he has worked with over the years, Moraghan has served as a friend, mentor, confidant, and motivator.

A popular and knowledgeable speaker, Moraghan regularly addresses industry groups and club boards on a wide array of topics, from tournament preparation and challenges to everyday course conditioning. His candid nature and refreshing outlook make him a frequent resource for the media, as well as a regular contributor to industry periodicals: He writes a monthly column for Golf Course Industry and serves as a member of the GCSAA’s strategic communications committee.

Since forming ASPIRE Golf in 2007, Moraghan has assembled an impressive roster of clients, including private clubs, public courses, municipalities, and resorts.

Moraghan and his wife, Karen, founder and president of Hunter Public Relations • Special Events, a golf and hospitality industry marketing consultancy, reside in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.