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Meet the Pros

Our highly skilled PGA Teaching Professionals offer a range of bespoke packages designed to help you take your game to the next level.

Darrow Thomas | Head Teaching Professional


Darrow is from Johannesburg, South Africa where he started playing golf at the age of 12. He completed his PGA qualification through the University of Pretoria, where he played for the Tuks Golf Academy. He is a class A PGA Professional with the PGA of South Africa and has a thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of the golf swing and course management. He has been a teaching professional at the Country Club Johannesburg  before joining the Royal Golf Club. Darrow is passionate about sharing his knowledge and love of golf with fellow players and students. He enjoys coaching and inspiring junior players and people who are new to the game.

From: Johannesburg, South Africa
Age started playing golf: 12 years old
Favourite Course: Gary Player Country Club
Favourite Tournament: The Ryder Cup
Biggest influences in golf: Adam Scott & Louis Oosthuizen
Favourite player of all time:  Rory McIlroy
Fantasy 4 ball (plus self):  Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hank Haney
Notable golfing achievements: Winner of the Glendower  Glacier  Junior Series event in 2013.
Best tip for a Beginner: "Learn the basic setup fundamentals and do your best to maintain them, it will make improving  swing faults much easier!"

Rory Tinker | Teaching Professional

Rory was born in England but moved to Scotland when he was just 3 years old. At the age of 14 he discovered the game of Golf and with Scotland having over 500 courses, it was of no surprise that Rory chose this industry. He was quickly selected to represent both his junior and gents county division before turning professional at age 21. Rory started his golf education at the Scottish Rural University where he achieved a Higher National Diploma in Professional Golf Studies. He then went on to complete his apprenticeship whilst working at Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort and graduated from the University of Birmingham gaining his degree with the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland. Latterly, Rory has completed an internship here at RGC and has spent 2020 teaching full time with the GC Golf Academy, Scotland. Rory is passionate about coaching and has been teaching all levels of golfers for 6 years; he is also a very keen tournament player and has gained great experience playing competitively.

From: Scotland, UK 
Age started playing golf: 14 years old
Favourite Course: Royal Dornoch, Highlands Scotland 
Favourite Tournament: The Masters
Biggest influences in golf: Family
Favourite player of all time:  Tiger Woods
Fantasy 4 ball (plus self):  Tiger Woods, Seve Ballestreros, Dustin Johnson  
Notable golfing achievements: Junior & Gents Club Champion at Strathmore GC plus multiple top 5 finishes on PGA Scottish Tartan Tour.
Best tip for a Beginner: Book a lesson, learn the fundamentals, this is the fastest way to learn and makes the game all the more enjoyable. 


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