Academy – FAQs

The Scottish Golf Academy is the national development programme for Scotland’s talented young golfers.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Academy:

1.When can I nominate myself for the Academy?

Performance Academy nominations will open on Monday 12 June & close Friday 28 July. Scottish Golf tracks players progress throughout the year after a nomination is made.

2. How many Scottish Golf Academy Coaches are there?

Including the Scottish Golf National & Regional Performance Coaches, there are 9 Coaches. This is made up of three National Coaches and five Regional Performance Coaches.

3. What are the names of the Scottish Golf Regional Performance Coaches names and where are they based?

  • George Boswell, Mearns Castle Golf Academy
  • David Orr, Eastwood Golf Club
  • David Torrance, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
  • Karyn Dallas, Unattached
  • Fintan Bonner, St Andrews Links
  • Colin Fisher, Kingsfield Golf Centre

4. What is a Scottish Golf Regional Performance Coach?

A Scottish Golf Regional Performance Coach is a coach that works together with you and your existing coach (if you have one) to help you reach your full potential.

5. There are also National Coaches, who are they?

  • Ian Rae, National Men’s Coach
  • Spencer Henderson, National Boy’s Coach
  • David Patrick, National Women’s & Girl’s Coach

6. I have a personal coach, that I would like to stay with, can I do that?

Yes you can. You will still be assigned a regional performance coach for your Scottish Golf Academy programme. Our aim is to create a working team to help you with your performance development plan.

7. What qualifications do the National Coaches and Regional Performance Coaches have?

All are required to be qualified to the latest UKCC qualifications, Emergency First Aid in Sport, Safeguarding Children in Sport, and all Scottish Golf Coaches are part of the Scottish Golf PVG Disclosure scheme.

8. If I have a personal coach, why am I allocated a Regional Performance Coach as well?

The Regional  Performance coach will oversee the your golf performance and training plan, results and use key statistics gathered from competition and practice to build an effective plan for improvement in competitions.

9. How many hours of coaching do I get in a year from the Regional Performance Coach?

The hours of coaching vary depending on which Tier of the Academy you are assigned to.

10. Will I have to travel far to my coaching?

You may be required to travel based on your assigned regional performance coach and residential camp locations.

11. What happens if I miss some coaching sessions?

The Regional Performance Coach will be in contact with their players every month, so missed sessions should be communicated in advance if possible. However you must make yourself available for residential training camps.

12. Do I get individualised coaching or group coaching?

While training may be in a group setting all training is bespoke and meets the needs of you as an individual. We recognize that all players needs are different and this is why we track and monitor your progress through the year.

13. Will the coaches come and see me play?

The Regional Performance Coaches will do so as part of their role.