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Links Academy

Being the only golf camp with exclusive access to this 5-star, state of the art practice facility, makes us feel incredibly lucky to be able to share this world-class coaching with juniors from across the globe.

St Andrews Links Academy is Scotland’s premier practice facility and home to Steve North and his team; some of the best and most experienced PGA professionals in the country. 

The Links Academy are proud to work exclusively with St Andrews Golf Camp. They share in our vision to ensure that each junior return home after their time in St Andrews, not only a better golfer, but with skills and values they can use throughout their lives, both on and off the golf course.

Throughout the course of their stay the juniors will work on all aspects of their game in both a group environment and on a 1 to 1 basis with the coaches. The team aim to teach our juniors the key aspects to mastering the Links game.

They cover everything from short game to long game, bunker play and putting. The coaches will also touch on how important physical and mental preparation and nutrition is to any golfer. The tuition will be monitored and scoring both at coaching and on the golf, course will be kept each day in an Order of Merit style which will be awarded at the end of the camps in our prize giving ceremonies.

Links golf will encourage the juniors be more creative golfers and broaden their adaptability when playing shots. Their daily coaching and 9-18 holes depending on camp level will also mould the juniors into more resilient golfers who can adapt quickly and work as part of a team with their peers from other counties, whilst also having a lot of fun!

Team

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    Steve North

    Steve North is responsible for the delivery of the world class Instruction & Customisation at St Andrews Links Golf Academy. He is one of Golf Monthly’s Top 25 Coaches and was also awarded a Top 25 Most Admired Operator in Golf Award, by Golf Inc. magazine (US) in 2008, which has ultimately helped establish the Golf Academy as a respected innovative leader in the industry.

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    David Watt

    David has been coaching for over twelve years with an unwavering desire in that time to further his knowledge and stay at the forefront of golf instruction. His belief in the possibility of improvement through looking closely at the body-swing connection led him to being one of the very first instructors in the UK to be involved with the TPI, gaining Level 3 status in 2011.

    David is currently leading the Golf Academy’s biomechanics programme by using our AMM 3D 8 sensor system to gain a unique insight into the body’s movements during the swing. By combining this information with Trackman and force plate data he can definitively target the key areas of potential improvement.

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    Fintan Bonner

    Driven by a successful amateur career, supplemented with two exclusive golf scholarships attained during his degrees in Accounting and Human Resource Management, Fintan turned professional in 2007 fuelling a passion for high-performance coaching.

    In his role as Senior Instructor, Fintan is also the ‘Director of Golf’ for one of the UK’s leading independent schools, St Leonards, where he has formed a progressive pathway from ‘grass-roots’ to ‘elite-level’ golfers, responsible for facilitating some of the best up and coming golfing talent.

    Fintan has also seen success as one of the four Scottish Regional Performance coaches where he has helped a number of students obtain their first Scottish Cap in team events.

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    Scott Herald

    Scott joined the Golf Academy team from his native Glasgow with a successful background in coaching and playing. Scott showed signs of a blossoming career at a young age winning titles at each age group within his county and playing in prestigious national and international events. He then attended University in Nashville, Tennessee on a golf scholarship before returning home and successfully undertaking his PGA qualification in 2008.

    Since joining the Golf Academy, Scott has taken a lead role in developing the relationship with the University of St Andrews helping deliver group and individual lessons to over 200 students per week during semester times.

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    Blair Cross

    Hailing from Elgin, Blair joined St Andrews Links Golf Academy from the four time Ryder Cup venue The Belfry.

    Blair grew up with links golf, playing since the tender age of 8 at Moray in Lossiemouth.  He studied Golf Management at the University of the Highlands and Islands and played in the University golf team which competed in the British University Championships.

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    Greg Paterson

    Greg was born and raised in Ayrshire and it was here that his love of the game began and developed as a naturally gifted 6 year-old.

    Greg went on to become a well-known figure in world amateur golf, representing Scotland in some of the most prestigious events on the circuit. As an amateur he won multiple events, but he is probably best known for reaching the semi-final of the 2011 British Amateur Championship where he was narrowly beaten by the eventual winner, Bryden Macpherson

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    Scott Wilson

    Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Scott joined the Academy as a Class AA PGA Professional in January 2017. This was following hugely successful coaching positions at Killeen Castle and Co. Louth Golf Club; venues that have hosted both Men’s and Ladies European Tour events including the prestigious Solheim Cup in 2013 (Killeen Castle).

    Scott joined the PGA after his studies in Engineering and now has over ten years of dedicated coaching experience. In this time, he has worked with players of all abilities from complete beginners to recreational golfers to touring professionals. He is also the Development Golf Coach at St Leonards School; Scotland’s biggest School Golf Programme.

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    Mike Lander

    Mike began his golfing journey at the young age of 12 when he moved to the back of hole 14 at Dean Wood Golf Club. Right from the beginning he spent every possible hour learning, playing and catching the infamous golf bug. At 16 he decided to enrol as a student at Myerscough College to study a National Diploma in Golf Studies. This covered all things golf; coaching, technology & equipment as well as sports science; physiology, psychology & biomechanics.

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    Rachel Lewis

    Since the age of 10, Rachel has grown to love the game of golf. She started playing as a junior at Llanishen Golf Club, before moving to one of Wales' finest championship courses; Southerndown. From here, Rachel’s amateur career grew. She went on to win the Welsh Girls Championship in 2010 which secured her a place in the Welsh national team.

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