OUR PROFESSIONAL TEAM

Your PGA Professionals: All professionals are fully PGA qualified and have a collective knowledge of how each Team coach approaches improvement. Personal styles vary but all coaches fully understand that golf performance is limited by the laws of physics and the condition and flexibility of each individual pupil. We all aim to discover your full potential at whatever standard or age you engage with us as coaches.

Chris Steele 

Head Professional 

  • TPI Level 1 Coach 

  • PGA Qualified 

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.

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.

Nick Haile

PGA Professional

  • TPI Level 1 & 2 Coach 

  • Trackman Certified 

  • K-Vest Certified 

  • PGA Qualified 

  • Custom Fit Specialist

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.

In 2016 Nicks achieved his 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. Nick added the level 2 TPI certification in 2018 taking his knowledge to the next level.

Nick in the main custom fitting specialist at MGC. Having carried out countless fitting sessions using our state of the art Trackman launch monitor, Nick really has the knowledge, skills and experience to ensure you go away with the best equipment suited to your game.

Robert Ralph

PGA Professional 

  • PGA Qualified 

Robert began playing the game as a junior at Cirencester Golf Club when he was 14 and was offered the position of Trainee Assistant in 1994. Robert moved to Carswell Golf and Country Club in 1995, serving as Head Assistant for 8 years, before taking over as Head Professional and Course Manager. Robert has since worked as the Club Professional at Ogbourne Downs Golf Club in Wiltshire, before moving to Minchinhampton Golf Club.

Robert has always specialised in coaching and has a passion for helping golfers advance their game. Having given thousands of golf lessons, to professionals and beginners alike, his teaching philosophy seeks to make the most of each individual player's strengths, using solid basics and repeatable methods, whilst overcoming their swing weaknesses.

Stuart Little

PGA Professional

  • TPI Level 1 

  • PGA Qualified

  • Instinctive Golf Certified

  • Ex European Tour 

  • 2019-20 Seniors European Tour Player

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. 

Steven Gerrish 

PGA Professional 

  • PGA Qualified Golf Professional

  • ASQ Level 1 & 2 Golf Coach 

Steve is a very experienced and modern teaching professional with sound knowledge of the golf swing and short-game. He applies new coaching concepts in a simple relatable way using the latest launch monitor technology. Steve has coached in Europe, and The Middle East gaining valuable experience and as well this, he’s attended many courses, seminars and picked the brains of some of the best golf coaches in the world. Steve is a student of the game and is always looking to better himself as a coach and offer the very best golf coaching service.

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