Meet the Pro's

Meet the proJames Wood
Head Professional

James started playing golf at the age of eight in his home town of Bath, Somerset. After attending university in Portsmouth for four years James decided to take the step into Professional golf.

In 2001 James joined the Professional team at The Belfry in the UK where in 2004 he completed his PGA training, graduating as the Titleist Trainee of the Year.

Whilst working at The Belfry James was involved in many aspects of the business. The Belfry annually played host to the Benson and Hedges European Tour Event and was also the venue of the 2002 Ryder Cup. During these times James experienced first hand how the games stars prepare themselves to compete at the highest level.

Whilst at the Belfry James received training from the likes of Peter Cowen, Claude Harmon, and John Mathers. James was also involved in the setting up and running of the Titleist Custom Fitting Suite.

Having spent five years at The Belfry, in August 2005 James took up the position of Teaching Professional at Nad Al Sheba Golf Club in Dubai and two years later he moved to Emirates Golf Club before joining the team here at Almouj Golf.

Taking on the role of Head Professional has allowed James to become involved in not only delivering instruction but also in the setting up of lesson programmes. One of his key objectives is to introduce golf to as many youngsters as possible together with an education programme showcasing golf as enjoyable, accessible and rewarding to the local community here.

As with the other Professionals, James works hard to maintain his own game and in 2009 qualified for, and played in, both the Abu Dhabi Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour.

Favourite Course Spyglass Hill, California
Favourite Tournament The Open
Biggest influences in golf Peter Cowen
Favourite player of all time Tiger Woods (in his prime)
Fantasy 4 ball (plus self) Mike Wood (Dad), Ben Hogan, Rory McIlroy
Best tip for a Beginner Take good advice, practice is about quality NOT just quantity

 

 

Marcus Casey
PGA ProfessionalMarcus Casey

Marcus started his golf career in Durban, South Africa. After a successful amateur career he moved to Ireland where he started his golfing career at the prestigious Portmarnock Golf Club. Upon completion of his P.G.A studies Marcus established ActiveGolf.

ActiveGolf was Ireland's first golf performance centre. Marcus was then approached by the South Australian College of Elite Golf to take up the position of Director of Instruction. Whilst in this position Marcus was named as Head Coach and High Performance Manager for the State of South Australia. In this role, Marcus developed and implemented programs used from grass roots junior development all the way to elite and professional players competing on major tours including the Asian, European and US PGA Tour.

Marcus's approach to coaching is a holistic one. Marcus believes that in order to reach your full potential every aspect of your game must be analysed. He believes that a golf lesson should leave the pupil inspired and informed on how to reach their golfing goals. Having taught every level of golfer, from complete beginner to successful tour player, Marcus is taking golf lessons and training to another level here in Almouj Golf. As Marcus is a fully qualified T.P.I Golf fitness professional, an AA rated member of the P.G.A of Great Britain and Ireland and having worked with world renowned coaches such as Pete Cowan, Jim McLean Marcus has the skills and knowledge to help you on your golfing journey.

Learn about Marcus

 

 

 

Josh Thornton
PGA Professional 

Josh

Josh started playing golf at age of 10 on an oil-based course in Dukhan, Qatar. After moving back to the UK to attend Loughborough University, to complete a degree in Industrial Design, Josh took the decision to enrol on the PGA training programme.

Josh began his training with the PGA at Forest Hill Golf Club in England. During his first year he was awarded 2nd PGA Rookie Assistant of the Year and 1st TGI Midland Assistant; he completed his training in 2013, graduating as 6th Titleist Trainee of the Year and 1st in the Equipment Technology element of the programme.

Whist at Forest Hill Golf Club Josh was part of a team that comprised of one qualified PGA Professional and two PGA Assistant Professionals who catered for a large coaching clientele and Junior Academy. Josh is well-versed in coaching and instructing diverse individuals at all levels of the game with excellent feedback, which has led to recommendations and repeat business.

Josh harbours a passion for the game of golf, striving to help improve his pupils in addition to his own game. He enjoys playing competitive golf and has played in a number of top events in the UK and Middle East, including a full season on the MENA Tour 2013 (Middle East & North Africa) and via sponsors invite - the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2013 on the European Tour.

Josh is excited to be a part of the Almouj Golf Team and is looking forward to using his skills to help golfers of all abilities to meet their goals and get more enjoyment out of the game.