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Canterbury Golf Club

Golf Lessons

All Canterbury staff professionals are qualified and experienced in providing lessons at every level.

Director of golf: Aaron Galbraith

Aaron was appointed Canterbury’s first director of golf in March 2020 after six years as head professional at Sene Valley Golf Club.

After qualifying in 2002, he became a specialist in custom fitting and established a reputation for his coaching skills and technique. He also enjoyed a number of successes playing on the Kent and South Region PGA circuits.

He continued to provide lessons at North Foreland, where he was assistant professional, and then at Sene Valley.

Among his other duties, Aaron contributes to the management of the driving range and liaises with the course manager on course maintenance.

Senior teaching professional: Richard Wallis

Richard arrived at Canterbury in 2016 with an impressive playing record and a sound coaching reputation.

He has won numerous county, regional and national competitions – most notably the PGA National Play-Offs title on two occasions – and has played on the European Tour and the Challenge Tour and has 128 professional wins to his credit.

In 2013, he went into the Guinness Book of World Records after shooting a 14-under-par 59 in the PGA Southern Open Championship Pro-Am at Drift GC in Surrey.

And, for good measure, in September 2016, Richard set a new Canterbury course in winning the Kent PGA Championship.

In recent years, he has used his wealth of playing and PGA experiences to become a highly successful and popular teaching professional covering all aspects of the game.

PGA teaching professional: Gareth Bailey

Gareth Bailey has 20 years’ experience as a golf instructor and has developed a patient and encouraging coaching style.

Gareth teaches individuals how to understand their swing by analysing the ball flights and he regards this as the cornerstone to gaining complete control of the game.

He teaches players how to practise efficiently, play the course effectively and analyse their game constructively. This helps target key areas to improve and, importantly, teaches players how to think and act like a winner.

All Gareth’s lessons come with a money-back guarantee if you're not happy with the service provided. For further information on how you can improve your game and to book a lesson, contact Gareth on 07967 155 141 or email gjbpga@gmail.com or visit his website at  garethbaileygolfcoaching.co.uk.

You can learn more about Gareth's latest course, Pathway Into Golf, by clicking  here.

PGA professional: Maxine Burton

European Tour winner Maxine brings a wealth of experience with her to the pro shop and to the coaching division at the club.

As a youngster, Maxine’s many successes included the South Eastern Girls’ Handicap Championship, the Surrey Girls’ Championship on three occasions and the English Girls’ Championship. She also represented England in a number of team events.

She turned pro in 1978 and became a founder member of the WPGA European Tour. Her debut win came in the Carlsberg Tournament at Arcot Hall in 1980, and this was later followed by a 1984 Spanish Open victory at La Manga. Maxine also played on the WPGT Mini Tour in the United States, the US Futures Tour and the Asian Ladies’ Tour.

In 1994, she was appointed head professional at Hurtmore GC, Godalming, and four years later became general manager.

She joined Canterbury in August 2019 where she assists in the pro shop and is available to give lessons.

PGA professional: Robert Jesus

Robert Jesus hails from Madeira where at the age of 16, he was playing in pro events as an amateur before turning professional in 2012.

He came to England in 2017 to pursue his qualification as a PGA professional and, at the age of 22, joined the Canterbury Golf Club staff. He has now qualified after completing a three-year golf business studies degree course through Birmingham University.

He now plans to enlist on a PGA director-of-golf training course.

Robert has been holding ladies’ and beginners’ group sessions throughout the year and coaching players of all abilities, including two aspiring professionals.

He has also run international golf camps for players from Germany, France and Spain and hopes to resume doing so when the current pandemic restrictions are eased.

Trainee professional: Enzo Avery

Enzo is the most recent addition to the Canterbury professional team, having signed up as a trainee pro earlier this year.

Most of his time is spent in the shop, where he has special responsibility for merchandising, but he also assists the professionals at their Monday night coaching sessions.

Enzo, whose traineeship lasts for three years, will also be gaining valuable playing experience on the Kent and Southern Region circuit in pro-am events and individual competitions.


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