Our coaches are highly trained PGA professionals as well as being qualified in the internationally successful teaching system called Logicalgolf. We take the complex issues of the golf game and simplify them. It is vital that the teacher understands “cause and effect” throughout the various facets of the golf game. Having gained this knowledge, the teacher is then able to help students understand the complexities of their own games. We convey the message through a variety of methods that help to paint a clear picture for students. Once the golfer “sees” the picture and understands how to improve, improvement comes much more quickly and easily.
Our coaches emphasize the use of video cameras as well as a variety of novel and time-tested methods to help golfers “feel” the correct movements and understand “cause and effect” within their own golf swing. Hula-hoops, a modified golf club resembling an airplane, hammers, and brightly colored patches are just some of the items used, allowing students to remember correct movements. Many of these teaching aids were designed by Logicalgolf founder Robert Baker and have been used by him to coach the principles of golf to five world number one players: Greg Norman, Nick Price, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, and Ernie Els.
Our staff have coached major championship winners and countless professionals and amateurs worldwide. We coach a complete system, taking into account all aspects from hand and arm action, to the use of the body, to the role of the legs and feet. The golf swing and short game technique can be complicated but our coaches will find simple solutions to help you understand and improve all aspects of your game.
Grant Hepburn – Golf Director
Our Golf Director, Grant Hepburn, has 20 years of international experience at the highest level and has peronally mentored the coaches at the Academy. Due to his commitments with Golf RSA and the Development Board he is currently not offering any private lessons at the facility.
LISA MACKENZIE – General Manager & Golf Coaching Specialist
Lisa was born in Zimbabwe and later moved to Durban. She studied as a Teacher in 1992 and completed her Degree in Adult Education in 1997. In 2002 she qualified as a Teaching Pro with the WPGA & WGTF is a member of the PGA of SA, Lisa Joined Champagne Golf in 2005 and started up the Western Cape Division based at The River Club where she had the opportunity to work with world class international golf coaches like Robert Baker and Grant Hepburn.
Her extensive experience in the golfing industry has included:
- Consultant Professional to the Western Province Golf Foundation Junior Program.
- Assistant Tournament Director for the 2004/5 Nedbank Women’s Golf Tour.
- Player and Development Manager, Events Planner and client liaison officer for the Women’s World Cup of Golf.
She has attended international events to gain knowledge of tournament set-up and roll-out, including providing coaching and spending time with some of the top professionals at each event. Some of which are: the Solheim Cup, the Dubai Masters 2006 & 2008, the Dubai Classic. She has also participated in the SA Open 2007 which forms part of the SA Ladies Tour.
Lisa balances coaching with running the various aspects of the Cape Town Academy. Working closely with Grant in launching the PGA Diploma she plays a big role in the Administration and management of the National Diploma in Professional Golf Training. She passionately ensures a high level of coaching and service to all clients. As a result Lisa is a sought after coach and a very efficient manager and event organizer. To contact Lisa click HERE
IAN BERGA – Golf Coaching Specialist
Ian has been playing golf since the age of 9 and is now a vastly experienced teacher. He qualified as an “A” class PGA professional in 1993 and has worked at top golf courses such as Royal Cape and as Head Professional at Fancourt.
Since 1998 Ian has focused his energy on coaching in Cape Town and has built up a large and loyal client base. He has had the opportunity to work with world class coaches and has built a thorough knowledge and understanding of golf technique. Ian is passionate about coaching and his relaxed and uncomplicated style has helped his clients to achieve fantastic results. Ian is adept at coaching everyone from children to beginners to top professionals.
André Rossouw – Golf Coaching Specialist
André received a diploma in Club Management and Golf Directorship from Damelin in 2007 but his real passion is coaching and he is now enrolled with the PGA. For the last 3 years Andre has focused on teaching and helping golfers of all levels to understand their swings and improve their golf game. He has an excellent eye for identifying problem areas and is able to communicate the solutions in a patient and clear manner. His results are excellent and he has quickly built a following of golfers that swear by his expertise.
Michael Ball– Golf Coaching Specialist
Michael joined the SA Golf Institute in 2015 and has been coaching for over 10 years. He coached in England from 2004- 2010 at Roehampton Club in London as a Trainee Professional and the Mark Janes Golf Academy in Chessington as an Instructor. After moving back to SA in 2010 he worked as an Assistant Professional at one of Cape Town’s favorite courses Clovelly.
He has a great passion and enthusiasm in helping others improve their game. He coaches all ages and levels and specializes in coaching Ladies, Juniors and Short game. He overseas and runs the Junior section at the Academy and although his concentration is on Juniors and Ladies he is equally adept at coaching advanced players and he enjoys success with golfers of all levels.
Gregg Upton – Golf Coaching Specialist & Manager
Gregg has over 20 years’ experience as a top amateur in the country, winning many events and winning the Inter Provincial Championships in 2010 which was his 8th year representing Western Province.
Gregg play’s an integral role, working alongside Grant with all the students enrolled in the PGA Diploma, Full-Time and Junior programs. His experience as a highly competitive amateur and businessman is an asset for the Institute.
Gregg’s accomplishments include:
- Winning 9 events
- Club Champion at both Bellville and Metropolitan Golf Club
- Western Province Challenge Team for 2 years
- Western Province A side from 2005 – 2010
- Twice part of a winning Inter Provincial team
- Won the National and Western Province Apprentice PGA order of merit 2011
Keagan Beyer – Golf Coaching Specialist
Keagan was a top student in the PGA Diploma program and has moved into the field of coaching, which is his passion. After hard work and through success he is now a member of the PGA SA, Keagan specializes in junior coaching but also has much success with players of all ages and ability. He is an accomplished player and has represented Western Province at provincial level. Keagan’s polite and easy manner creates a relaxed and ideal environment for his students to learn in.
Sevey Links- Apprentice Coach
Sevey has been at the SA Golf Institute Cape Town Academy for 4 years. His first three years as a PGA student and is now applying all he has learnt. His love for the game developed at an early stage of his life. The game was introduced to him by his father who started playing golf in the mid 80’s and who then named him after the late Seve Ballesteros when he was born. Coincidentally his surname also relates to the game of golf.
Sevey represented his university at the USSA student golf games in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, and 2014. He also won his club championship two years in a row 2015, and 2016.
Sevey has a great passion for the game of golf whether it’s playing or coaching. Sevey also coaches all ages from juniors to seniors and also coaches all levels from beginner to elite players.