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Meet the Pros

Our friendly PGA Teaching Professionals are on hand to provide you with instruction, support and inspiration. We also offer club fitting and club repair services and Café T, located at the academy building, is the perfect venue for those wanting to refresh themselves before or after their lessons.

Marc Arnold | Teaching Professional

Marc has just recently joined the team and is from Lancashire, England. This is Marc’s first time teaching in the Middle East and is very excited to join the team. He started playing the game at the age of 12 at his local golf club, Nelson Golf Club. He then became Assistant at Nelson at the age of 16 and has continued to work in the golf industry ever since. He has also worked at Open Qualifying Venue, Clitheroe Golf Club. He decided to turn Professional at the age off 22 starting his PGA Foundation Degree at the University of Birmingham in 2014. He has a huge passion for coaching and is very much looking forward to teaching at The Royal Golf Club. He has just recently left Rossendale Driving Range teaching golfers of all ages and abilities 6 days a week.

From: Burnley, United Kingdom

Age started playing golf: 12 years

Favourite Course: West Hill & Woburn G.C

Favourite Tournament: The Open & The Masters

Biggest influences in golf: Sean Foley & Pete Cowen

Favourite player of all time: Tiger Woods

Fantasy 4 ball (plus self): Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Adam Scott

Notable golfing achievements: Club and Open Competitions

Best tip for a Beginner: "Learning the game is a process and takes a lot of time and practice, having patience is key."

Zander Potgieter | Teaching Professional

Zander was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa until moving with his parents to Saudi Arabia at the age of 13 for five years. He started playing golf after watching Ernie Els on television and hitting golf balls in the back garden at the age of 10. He was instantly hooked on the game and soon after was selected for the Gauteng North Provincial side at the age of 13.

After his stint in Saudi Arabia Zander went on to pursue his golfing career and graduated with a diploma in Club Professional Golfing and Management. He completed his apprenticeship at the prestigious Pinnacle Point Estate in South Africa and graduated with the PGA of South Africa as a full member in 2016.

Zander takes great satisfaction from seeing his students performing better every day and knowing that he helped them achieve their goals. He believes that with a good tempo and good timing anyone can strike the ball well as long as the basics are in place.

From: Pretoria, South Africa

Age started playing golf: 10 years

Favourite Course: Fancourt Montagu

Favourite Tournament: The British Open

Biggest influences in golf: Family

Favourite player of all time: Ernie Els

Fantasy 4 ball (plus self): Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Sam Snead

Notable golfing achievements: Gauteng North Provincial Team

Best tip for a Beginner: "Keep the swing as simple as possible, the game is already hard enough!"