Head PGA Professional
Having entered the professional ranks as a top regional player winning multiple Pro-Ams, setting course records and competing in PGA events all over Europe, Chris has since focused his attention on the role of Head Professional at Minchinhampton Golf Club. In this time, Chris has overseen the evolution of the Pro-Shop to where it sits today at the heart of the Golf Club. Always well-stocked with all the leading brands, the shop attracts golfers from far and wide, and has won several industry awards for its achievements.
Chris has also played a pivotal role in the creation and development of the golf buying group, Foremost, and since 1986, has been able to compete against the high street and internet retailers, offering competitive prices, coupled with superior product knowledge and a more personal level of service.
With regards to teaching, Chris believes golf is a simple game, which golfers themselves make difficult. His simple and straightforward teaching methods are proven to allow golfers of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential. Since 1985, Chris has successfully improved the enjoyment for many thousands of golfers, and will continue to do so for many hundreds more.
Stuart joined Minchinhampton as a junior member in 1979, and turned professional in 1985 upon joining Chris Steele. Stuart then pursued a playing career, and gained his European Tour Card in 1992. Since his professional debut, he has played in over 700 West Region PGA events, amassing more than 100 wins and setting many course records.
On the international stage, his 341 appearances have taken him to 37 different countries, where he has a return of 4 wins and 31 top ten finishes. Other notable wins include the West of England Foursomes in 1991, and the Sunningdale Foursomes in 2000.
Whilst playing with many of the world’s great players, Stuart has gained a wealth of experience from some of the game’s top coaches and sports psychologists. Stuart’s approach to the game is to keep it simple, by identifying a player’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing each individual to play to those strengths whilst working on their weaker points. His coaching is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of all golfers both right and left handed, and he very much looks forward to welcoming you as his next pupil.
After taking up the game in 2009 at the age of 20, within two years Nick had already obtained a single-figure handicap. He joined the team in the Professional Shop in 2012 after representing the Club’s ‘A Team’ and competing in many scratch competitions around the country. In 2014, Nick decided to start his 3 year PGA degree and turned professional. Nick completed his PGA Training in 2017 and he regularly competes on the West of England PGA circuit with a goal to keep improving his own game.
Nick travelled to the USA in 2016 to complete his K-VEST certification in 3D Golf Coaching. K-Vest is a ground breaking 3D coaching system which allows the Golf Professional to accurately diagnose swing faults. The player can then complete swing drills whilst wearing the K-VEST which will give live feedback to the player, telling them when they have achieved the correct position.
This also links to Nicks TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certification in golf fitness when he went to the USA and worked with and learned from world renowned expert Dr Greg Rose. He can provide a full physical screening to find a player’s physical weakness and relate these weaknesses to swing faults. He can then prescribe correctional exercises or communicate a player’s limitations to their coach.
On a day to day basis Nick can help members and visitors with any general golf related enquiries. He has a vast knowledge of all golf products and can give first-class advice on the equipment likely to help you improve your game. Nick is a fully trained club fitter for all the leading brands and can unlock your golfing potential through a precise and knowledgeable swing assessment and club fitting.