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Coaching Team

Aaron Howard – Head Professional
Advanced PGA Professional

Aaron has joined the Professional team in 2021 after spending 10 successful years at Saffron Walden GC and is a two time Gleneagles Club Champion. Using elite coaching methods he is passionate about player improvement and helping them reach their individual goals. If you would like help with any aspect of your game please do not hesitate to contact Aaron in the pro shop or email at:

Joel Rickard – Head Teaching Professional
PGA Professional

Joel joined the team in 2018 and is available for individual lessons both on the range and on the course. He also runs group classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and heads up our Junior Stags coaching programme. For those looking for a more detailed programme, Joel runs 3-month and 6-month performance management packages. Joel works on the principle that each golfer is different and requires a bespoke solution to enhance their enjoyment of the game. Gift vouchers are also available. To book a lesson please contact the Pro Shop or email

To find out more about Joel’s prices and packages, including junior and group coaching, you can visit

Denise Hastings
Advanced Fellow and Honorary Member of the PGA

Having been a founding member of the Women’s PGA and played on the European tour for ten years, Denise expanded her career into coaching and has successfully taught hundreds of individuals in the UK and run golf Schools in the UK, Spain, Scandanavia and America.

To book a lesson please contact the pro shop or email me at:

Sam Balaam
Assistant Professional

Sam joined our coaching team at the beginning of November 2023. He is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, with a degree in golf management. He brings a wealth of experience coaching golfers at all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the game, Sam offers a range of individual and group classes, as well as performance programmes for those looking to enhance their current skills. Actively involved in our Junior Stags coaching programme, he is also dedicated to developing young talent.

For bookings or to learn more about Sam’s programs and prices, contact the pro shop or reach out to Sam directly at