Director of Golf
Philip joined the Golf Operations team in 2019 having previously been the General Manager at one of the UK’s top 100 courses. Philip has 20 years of experience within the golf industry which began as a Touring Professional in the year 2000. Following time on the European Tour, Challenge Tour and several mini tours, he began his career in club management in 2010. With successful spells at Royal Perth (Australia), Royal Wimbledon, Tyrrells Wood and at Southport and Ainsdale, Philip offers valuable experience within the
private club environment.
Philip is currently working towards his CCM (Certified Club Manager) qualification to compliment his honours degree in business and his CMDip (Club Management Diploma).
Head Professional and Golf Services Manager, PGA Fellow Golf Professional
Jason has been a member of the Golf Operations team since 2009 and has 36 years’ experience as a Golf Professional. Jason’s passion for the game was nurtured at Saunton Golf Club on the North Devon coast. He represented the county at both junior and senior levels before becoming a professional at 17 years of age. Jason learnt his trade at the Royal Guernsey Golf Club and then Meon Valley Golf and Country Club under the tutelage of John Stirling, running golf schools for Golf Monthly, 3D, and Sports Instructional schools.
As Head Golf Professional, Jason is responsible for the golf services offered to both members and their guests. In 2017 he was awarded the status of PGA Fellow Professional which highlighted his experience and contribution to golf.
Deputy Head Golf Professional, AAT PGA Golf Professional
Darren has been part of the Golf Operations team at Woodcote Park since 2002. Darren played his junior golf in the South of Scotland, competing in several events in the Scottish Borders.
He became a fully Qualified PGA Professional in 2011 upon completion of the PGA Foundation degree in 2011 through the University of Birmingham. The course covered key areas such as Golf Coaching, Business Management, Equipment Technology and Sport Science.
As well as having a passion for coaching at the Royal Automobile Club, Darren also coaches as part of the Surrey County Academy Programme working with the Under 14 squad.
AA PGA Advanced Golf Professional
John has been part of the Golf Operations team as Golf Instructor since 2002. In addition to his instructor role at the Club, John is Director of Coaching for Surrey Golf Ltd, managing and coaching the County First team, Boys’ team, Ladies’ First team and more recently the over 55’s team.
John was also England Golf regional coach from 2012-2017 and is personal coach to several national and county players.
In 2015, John was voted for by his fellow professionals and awarded PGA coach of the year for the South Region.
PGA Teaching Professional
Will qualified as a PGA Golf Professional at the Belfry National Training Academy in 1996 after completing training at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. He then competed in tournaments on the European Challenge Tour, British Professional Tour and in the PGA South region. Will has won numerous events, securing course records of 65 at Highgate Golf Club and 64 at Reigate Golf Club. He also holds the record of having scored eight holes in one in professional tournaments.
Will competed in the Scottish Professionals Championship with Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie, playing all four rounds and finishing in the top 25 from which he gained an invite back the following year and secured status as a playing professional.
PGA Trainee Assistant Professional
David took up the game of golf at Horton Park Golf Club where he has been the Club Champion three times. He recently passed his PGA playing ability test and is now enrolled on the PGA Foundation Degree.
David enjoys coaching juniors, as well as playing in South region Pro-Ams and assistant tournaments.
Jonathan is from a small town in South-West Wales, where he initially fell in love with golf.
Since then, he has played successful seasons for his county and university team across some of the UK’s most outstanding courses.
This year Jonathan has graduated from Buckinghamshire New University where he studied Applied Golf Management.
A dedicated golfer who relishes the opportunity to compete, Thomas has worked his way through the playing ranks from a young age. Starting his playing career as a junior on the Hampshire team, he has attained a golfing diploma from Merrist Wood College, played on the Surrey Men’s first team and won the English Collegiate Championship at St Andrews.
Thomas attained a degree with honours in Kinesiology at Western New Mexico University, and achieved accolades such as All-American and All-American Scholar. Thomas has ambitions to play at the highest levels in golf and enjoys sharing knowledge he has learnt along the way.