Meet the Pro's
James started playing golf at the age of eight in his home town
of Bath, Somerset. After attending university in Portsmouth for
four years James decided to take the step into Professional
In 2001 James joined the Professional team at The Belfry in the
UK where in 2004 he completed his PGA training, graduating as the
Titleist Trainee of the Year.
Whilst working at The Belfry James was involved in many aspects
of the business. The Belfry annually played host to the Benson and
Hedges European Tour Event and was also the venue of the 2002 Ryder
Cup. During these times James experienced first hand how the games
stars prepare themselves to compete at the highest level.
Whilst at the Belfry James received training from the likes of
Peter Cowen, Claude Harmon, and John Mathers. James was also
involved in the setting up and running of the Titleist Custom
Having spent five years at The Belfry, in August 2005 James took
up the position of Teaching Professional at Nad Al Sheba Golf Club
in Dubai and two years later he moved to Emirates Golf Club before
joining the team here at Almouj Golf.
Taking on the role of Head Professional has allowed James to
become involved in not only delivering instruction but also in the
setting up of lesson programmes. One of his key objectives is to
introduce golf to as many youngsters as possible together with an
education programme showcasing golf as enjoyable, accessible and
rewarding to the local community here.
As with the other Professionals, James works hard to maintain
his own game and in 2009 qualified for, and played in, both the Abu
Dhabi Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic on the European
||Spyglass Hill, California
|Biggest influences in golf
|Favourite player of all time
||Tiger Woods (in his prime)
|Fantasy 4 ball (plus self)
||Mike Wood (Dad), Ben Hogan, Rory McIlroy
|Best tip for a Beginner
||Take good advice, practice is about quality NOT just
Marcus started his golf career in Durban, South Africa. After a
successful amateur career he moved to Ireland where he started his
golfing career at the prestigious Portmarnock Golf Club. Upon
completion of his P.G.A studies Marcus established ActiveGolf.
ActiveGolf was Ireland's first golf performance centre. Marcus
was then approached by the South Australian College of Elite Golf
to take up the position of Director of Instruction. Whilst in this
position Marcus was named as Head Coach and High Performance
Manager for the State of South Australia. In this role, Marcus
developed and implemented programs used from grass roots junior
development all the way to elite and professional players competing
on major tours including the Asian, European and US PGA Tour.
Marcus's approach to coaching is a holistic one. Marcus believes
that in order to reach your full potential every aspect of your
game must be analysed. He believes that a golf lesson should leave
the pupil inspired and informed on how to reach their golfing
goals. Having taught every level of golfer, from complete beginner
to successful tour player, Marcus is taking golf lessons and
training to another level here in Almouj Golf. As Marcus is a fully
qualified T.P.I Golf fitness professional, an AA rated member of
the P.G.A of Great Britain and Ireland and having worked with world
renowned coaches such as Pete Cowan, Jim McLean Marcus has the
skills and knowledge to help you on your golfing journey.
Josh started playing golf at age of 10 on an oil-based course in
Dukhan, Qatar. After moving back to the UK to attend Loughborough
University, to complete a degree in Industrial Design, Josh took
the decision to enrol on the PGA training programme.
Josh began his training with the PGA at Forest Hill Golf Club in
England. During his first year he was awarded 2nd PGA
Rookie Assistant of the Year and 1st TGI Midland
Assistant; he completed his training in 2013, graduating as
6th Titleist Trainee of the Year and 1st in
the Equipment Technology element of the programme.
Whist at Forest Hill Golf Club Josh was part of a team that
comprised of one qualified PGA Professional and two PGA Assistant
Professionals who catered for a large coaching clientele and Junior
Academy. Josh is well-versed in coaching and instructing diverse
individuals at all levels of the game with excellent feedback,
which has led to recommendations and repeat business.
Josh harbours a passion for the game of golf, striving to help
improve his pupils in addition to his own game. He enjoys playing
competitive golf and has played in a number of top events in the UK
and Middle East, including a full season on the MENA Tour 2013
(Middle East & North Africa) and via sponsors invite - the
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2013 on the European Tour.
Josh is excited to be a part of the Almouj Golf Team and is
looking forward to using his skills to help golfers of all
abilities to meet their goals and get more enjoyment out of the