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meet the team

Chris Geraghty | General Manager

Country: England, United Kingdom

Background: Chris played amateur and professional golf at the highest level before turning to golf management in 2009. Chris spent 8.5 years in Egypt, joining Troon in 2016 to be facility leader at The Allegria where the club surpassed all expectations and thrived, despite what was a difficult time for the country. Chris is proud to join The Royal Golf Club, one of the highest-profile facilities in the Troon International portfolio and serve the clubs members and guests.

Interests: I love to learn! Currently in the final stages of an MBA, I love to learn new ideas, concepts and to develop my skills. Outside of working and studying, I do yoga, play golf (when work allows) and love to travel & see new places.


Franco Botha | Director of Golf 

Country: Pretoria, South Africa

Background: Originally from Pretoria, South Africa I moved abroad shortly after finishing high school to start what has been an amazing journey working for Troon Golf. Since joining the prestigous Saadiyat Beach Golf Club designed by Gary Player in 2010 as a 20 year old, I have gained invaluable experience in all areas of the operation of some world class golf facilities. In the time spent at Saadiyat Beach Golf club I have been honored to work with some amazing people and building some lifelong friendships along the way. In 2015 I was given the oppourtunity to further grow within the Troon family moving to The Els Club, Dubai where I spent another 4 years before joining the team at The Royal Golf Club, Bahrain. 

Interests: I welcome new challenges and have a passion to improve on yesterday's achievements while meeting new people and building strong relationships with those around me.


Josh Thornton | Golf Operations Manager

Country: England, UK

Background: Josh grew up living in countries around the Middle East during which he started playing golf on a sand coursein Dukhan, Qatar, at the age of 10. Josh enrolled in the PGA training programme in 2010 after completing a degree in Industrial Design at Loughborough University in the UK. Josh finished his training in 2013, graduating as 6th Titleist Trainee of the Year. Josh then moved back to the Middle East to work at Al Mouj Golf in Oman as a PGA Professional, responsible for both coaching and golf operations. During this time Josh played a pivital role in the Operations of seven Challenge Tour and European Tour events. Josh is proud to join the Troon International family at The Royal Golf Club and is looking forward to spending some time getting to know the members out on the golf course.

Interests:  Meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, goes hand-in-hand with my passion to travel and see new places. I also enjoy a range of other activities including kite-surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, off-road driving. technology and walks. 


Jerome Ackermann | Tournament Coordinator

Country: Knysna, South Africa

Background: Originally started as a primary school student teacher before entering the golf retail industry as Pro Shop Supervisor at the Pezula Championship Golf Course in the Western Cape. Spent three years at the prestigious Pinnacle Point Beach, Golf & Heritage Estate playing a multi-faceted role as pro shop assistant, operations supervisor and golf coordinator.

Interests: Rugby, travelling and experiencing new adventures, meeting new people.
 


Chloe Beacon | Membership Manager

Country: Durban, South Africa

Background: I was born and raised in South Africa, moved to England in my teens before relocating to one of the most exciting countries in the world; China. Having spent time in Africa, Europe and Asia, it seemed my next home was inevitable; the mysterious and alluring Middle East. Whilst new to the golf industry, I have had many years experience working abroad within hospitality and marketing.

Interests: I love meeting people, exploring new places (especially those off the beaten track) and learning about different cultures. My keen interests include travel, my boy cats (Jorge and Sanchez), photography, yoga and any kind of cheese.
 


Masooma Hayat | Reservations Supervisor / Country Club Coordinator

Country: Bahrain

Background: I was born in Muharraq but raised in Safrah in the south of Bahrain, close to the Royal Golf Club. I started work at the Club in 2008 as a receptionist and was promoted to senior reservationist in 2011. I became the reservations supervisor in 2015 and now oversee a team of four. I really enjoy my work as I get to meet such a wide range of people from all different countries and cultures.

Interests: Cinema, dining out, cosmetics & spending time with my family.