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Director of Golf

David Watt

St Andrews Links Golf Academy - Senior Instructor

David is the University of St Andrews Director of Golf and joined  the St Andrews Links Golf Academy after four years as the Head Professional at Hilton Park Golf Club, situated at the foot of the Trossach Hills on the outskirts of Glasgow. Whilst there he built up a successful teaching business with a loyal and varied client base comprising beginners, club golfers, elite amateurs and professionals.

Prior to this David was based at Kings Acre Golf Academy in Edinburgh which was an excellent facility in which to begin his teaching career. During his time there he had the opportunity to assist renowned coach Claude Harmon III, organise and conduct corporate clinics and develop a successful junior programme. David qualified from the PGA training programme in 2007 as the “Scottish Assistant of the Year” and placed within the top 12 overall graduates, thereby gaining a Titleist / FootJoy scholarship for outstanding achievement.

In 2009 David became involved with the Titleist Performance Institute by achieving the status of a Level 1 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor in Dubai and quickly built upon this by travelling to Sweden in the summer of 2010 and gaining further certification as a Level 2 TPI Golf Professional. In March 2011 David returned to Sweden to complete the Level 3 TPI certification and is now one of only 4 golf instructors in the UK to hold this qualification.

David is passionate about providing a truly thorough approach to golf instruction; by combining traditional and modern teaching philosophies with physical screening, biomechanics and the latest technology he can help his pupils’ to accomplish their most efficient and successful golf.

Links golf has its own unique challenges and David has good local knowledge of the courses at St Andrews having spent four years on an R&A scholarship whilst studying at Dundee University.