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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.

Ben Todd | Head Teaching Professional

Ben grew up in Bath, South West England and started playing golf at the age of 8. After watching Tiger Woods win the 1997 US Masters Ben started taking lessons at Saltford Golf Club near his home. He played and competed in junior tournaments around England, but thanks to his first golf instructor he was inspired to pursue a career in teaching the game to others. After graduating from Swansea University with a degree in Sports Science, Ben completed his PGA training while at Greenore Golf Club in Ireland. In 2013 Ben moved to Dubai to become an Academy Instructor at The Address Montgomerie Golf Club, where he ran the popular Junior Development Program. During this time he also did a season teaching in Slovakia at Black Stork Golf Club & Hotel. Ben has continued to develop his teaching methods having completed TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) level 2 in Junior Coaching and Golf Mechanics, Trackman University Level 1 and Teach the Teachers program with Tour coach Jonathan Yarwood.

Ben believes that golf is a game for everyone. When teaching golf he aims to keep instruction clear and simple so that changes can be made quickly and effectively. Ben relies on his experience of teaching hundreds of golfers to help you improve and play your best golf.
From: Bath, United Kingdom
Age started playing golf: 8 years
Favourite Course: Valderrama
Favourite Tournament: The US Masters
Biggest influences in golf: Greg Norman & Tiger Woods
Favourite player of all time: Rory McIlroy 
Fantasy 4 ball (plus self): Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy & Denzel Washington
Notable golfing achievements: Qualifying for the PGA Assistants National Final
Best tip for a Beginner: "The game is alot easier once you have a good grip, stance and posture. Even the top professionals work on these fundamentals'. 

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!"

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."


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