Academy & Fitting Studios

The Golf Academy is open and available for practice, coaching and custom fitting to members and the public.
There are 4 covered bays available to members and the public, the other covered area is for the golf professionals use
There are at least 10 grass bays available
We have created  grass tees, front left of the Academy by the boundary fence (yellow markers) – please access this area by leaving the Academy and turning right then right again being careful at all times as there may be fittings going on at SGGT.
The 6 grass bays in front of and left of the SGGT fitting studios are for the professionals use only.
From January 2024 our new PGA Professional, Mike McNally and his team will be based at the Academy
Coaching Team Appointments:

Mike McNally has been diligently working to assemble a team of highly skilled coaches dedicated to enhancing the Coaching Academy. The Club are delighted to introduce the following key appointment:

Chloe Thackeray – Fully Qualified PGA Coach (Level 2)

The Club are pleased to welcome PGA Coach Chloe Thackeray to the Swanston Golf Academy coaching team.
Chloe is a caring passionate coach whose love for the game lives through her students’ success. Chloe is highly motivated to assist in the development of our juniors, focused on their enjoyment and desire to play the game for life.
Chloe will also be available for adult lessons and programmes.

Key achievements:

  • Achieved golf scholarship to Oklahoma
  • Business Management & Marketing degree
  • Midlothian County Development Coach 2019-present
  • Midlothian Ladies First Team Squad Coach 2023-present
  • Representative Development Coach for Junior Tour Scotland

Chloe will officially start her role on 1st March however she is offering some free introductory coaching sessions for all Swanston members from January.
If you would like to book a free introductory lesson with Chloe you can do so via the link below:

Alan Watt – Assistant Coach (Level 1)

Alan Watt will also join our coaching team, focusing primarily on beginner adults and those in the early stages of their golfing development.
Should you know anyone who is interested in taking up the game, Alan is offering free introductory lessons for complete beginners and those new to the game.

If you would like to book a free introductory lesson with Alan you can do so via the link below:

Peter Arnott – Practice & Performance Coach

Peter Arnott will continue his coaching journey at Swanston. Peter has recently accepted a part-time consultancy role as a Practice & Performance Coach for Swiss Golf, working with eight of their professional golfers on their practice and tournament play.
If you would like to schedule a lesson with Pete you can do do via the link below:

Mike McNally – Head PGA Professional

Alongside enhancing the overall experience for current members and increasing and growing membership across all categories, the new Head PGA Professional will be responsible for management of the coaching team via the Swanston Golf Academy.
If you would like to work with our Head Professional on your game you can book a free golf assessment with Mike via the link below:

General Coaching Enquiries:

For all coaching enquires and for more information please visit the Swanston Golf Academy website to learn more:

 Exciting Initiatives Ahead:

The Club is enthusiastic about the positive impact the new coaching team will bring to Swanston Golf Club. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements, including opportunities to meet the coaches and learn more about the exciting initiatives planned for the Academy.

Scott Gourlay and his team of club fitters at SGGT are now fully operational and you can find out more about their services and contact them by clicking on the link above.
Club repairs and a re-gripping service is also available from Scott and his team
We are currently taking new memberships of the Academy which also includes full use of all the practice facilities, the 9 hole par 3 Templar Course, access to the Clubhouse & Brasserie and a 25% discount on range balls.
Anyone interested in joining should complete and return the form to The Shop at the Clubhouse – if you have any questions please call The Shop on 0131 445 2239 option1
Memberships are for 12 months from the date you join.
We are happy to have an agreement with Merchiston Castle to host their Golf Academy
We have asked them not to use the covered bays if the weather is “fine” and to make use of the grass tees and both Huxley artificial strips.
The boys will also use the other practice area, Templar Course and the 18 hole Swanston Course.

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We are currently taking in new members, for further information please click here.

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