Lesson with James
Our pro-shop staff look forward to meeting you and being on hand to offer advice and help where needed.
Both James and Gavin offer tuition on all aspects of the game, in general your instruction will take place on the club’s practice area or the putting and chipping greens, depending on which part of your game you wish to work on.
Playing lessons are also available. All lessons must be booked in advance.
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An alternative to what might be typically expected from women’s golf coaching, love.golf experiences take place on the golf course so that women learn how they want to learn in a group environment free from any dress codes or unnecessary rules.
All love.golf experiences are hosted by our team of inspiring coaches who will provide all the golf equipment you need to get started.
James Calam has been Professional at our Club since May 2014. An acknowledged coach, James comes from a family long associated with the game in North England. His uncle was Head Pro at Filey for 41 years; his grandfather was Head Greenkeeper at Ganton and his uncle held a similar role at Brough. His own career included Head Pro at Allerthorpe Park near York; Assistant Pro at Ganton for eight years (once the home course of Harry Vardon) as well as lengthy teaching spells in Austria and Italy. His teaching career also involved assisting his colleague, Tour regular Simon Dyson. He was there when Dyson won the Dunhill. James held two course records during his playing career; one of which at Flamborough Head has not been bettered.
The professional you most admire and why: Nick Faldo who risked everything by changing his swing technique after winning the PGA at Ganton in 1981 (James' home course)
The courses you enjoy most: Ganton which delivers the toughest of finishes and The Nairn Golf Club for good memories
The current professionals you most admire: Simon Dyson, my good friend who allowed me to coach him
Best golf tip: Chin up, left eye looking at the back of the ball (apologies to lefties!)
Golf Superstitions: Permanent pen mark through the golf ball logo forage of identification