Our Director of Golf, Grant Hepburn (www.granthepburn.com) has coached some of the world’s top players. He has helped professionals to win major international tournaments such as the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the SA Open. Grant is the most internationally experienced coach based in South Africa having coached professionals on the PGA Tour of America, the European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Sunshine Tour for over 15 years. He has been exposed to many of the world’s greatest players during his international career as a coach and has learnt from his association with them as well as having made instructional dvd’s with Ernie Els (full swing) and Seve Ballesteros (short game).
Grant has trained all of our coaches at the SA Golf Institute and shared his knowledge and experience with them. We therefore have a team of coaches who are able to coach players of the highest level. All of our staff successfully coach top amateurs as well as tour playing professionals so if you are looking for advanced coaching we can provide it through our highly trained and experienced team.
We offer a 3 year PGA diploma that is internationally recognised. This program is specifically for people that would like to make golf a career. Students will be coached by our world renowned Director of Golf, Grant Hepburn and his team on an individual and group basis. Together with the PGA SA and our Education partner, ETA we provide education and lectures on subjects particular to the PGA Program as well as any extra subjects that students may wish to study.
Amateurs retain their amateur status during the course of their studies. This ensures that you can still compete for your province or country before turning professional.
Our world class coaches and experts in sports psychology, golf fitness and life skills will prepare you for a playing career in the professional ranks.
For those that fall short of the skills required to make it as a tour playing professional the PGA subjects will prepare and qualify you for a career in the golf industry. The PGA of SA is affiliated to the PGA’s of Europe and the PGA qualification is recognised in over 40 countries worldwide.
Career paths include:
- Green Keeping
- Golf Club Management
- Golf Events Co-ordinator
- Golf Tourism
- Golf Course Architect
- Golf Consultant
- Tournament Official
High Performance Program
Golfers will focus their efforts on becoming good enough to play at a high level, perhaps even becoming a touring professional. They will enjoy a competitive group environment with supervised practice and coaching sessions every day. Coaches will accompany the golfers on practice rounds to record stats, advise on shot selection and also to monitor technique under playing conditions.
The SA Golf Institute will manage the group in terms of advising them on schedules and planning as well as accompanying them to various tournaments.
Nutrition, Fitness and Sports Psychology advice will also be available through our expert partners in the relevant fields. This area of development is important and we will manage and supervise the program for the golfers.
Junior or Part Time High Performance
This is mostly for school-going children who cannot do golf full time. They will be able to practice and play in a group environment and receive unlimited coaching in their sessions. As with the Full Time High Performance Program they will receive on course coaching at scheduled SA Golf Institute practice rounds and we will keep a record of their stats and monitor their progress through regular skills tests.
For those that require chaperoning to tournaments, especially in the case of events that are outside of Cape Town we will be able to provide that service. This option will be an extra cost and is especially helpful for advanced juniors playing in Order of Merit tournaments. We will accompany groups of our players to these tournaments, which will save the parents the time and cost of having to travel with their children to the events.