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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.


 

Zander Potgieter | Head 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!"
 


Darrow Thomas | 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!”   

 

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