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Golf Academy

Cottesmore Golf Academy is committed to providing quality coaching and arm you with the necessary skills to make you a better golfer. Hit the fairways with some of the best coaches in Sussex and see your game improve after just one session.
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Cottesmore Golf


Learn to play at the Cottesmore Golf Academy and have fun in a relaxed friendly environment. Our team of PGA Golf Professionals is amongst the most qualified, experienced, and committed in Sussex and is ready to help improve your game, today! 

We host up to six beginner classes a week and as a beginner, your first group lesson is free! There is no need to pre-book these lessons - just turn up on the day. We can supply clubs, balls and all other equipment. Tuition is provided by our highly experienced team of instructors.

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Individual Lessons

All of our coaches are available for one-to-one lessons and have over 50 years of experience between them. Private lessons can develop your game quickly and give you a far deeper understanding of it, too.
You will have the undivided attention of your golf coach for the duration of each lesson, plus a bespoke action plan. We're flexible with lesson times, so it’s possible to fit golf into your busy schedule.

Group Lessons

We currently run ladies only classes and mixed classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings, Tuesday afternoons, Friday mornings and Saturday afternoons. We can supply everything you need to get started.

Just bring yourself, and a beginner’s first group lesson is free! We can supply clubs and balls, and we'll have you on the golf course within one month of starting!

Junior Golf Lessons

Cottesmore Golf Academy has built up a fantastic reputation for coaching young golfers. We have many players representing their county across all age groups and our Academy Manager, Calum Callan, was awarded the Pro Shop Europe 2013 Junior Coach of the Year.  

From trying golf at schools and free taster sessions at the club, to going the distance and playing golf for your county or even country, Cottesmore provides a real pathway for children to get into this fantastic sport.

Activities For Children

We provide golf activities for children aged 5 to 15 every week of the year:

  • Golf at schools
  • Fun golf days
  • Free taster sessions
  • Golf coaching during school term
  • School holiday camps
  • Junior Academy tournaments
  • Full Cottesmore golf club membership

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Cottesmore currently has four golf coaches available for individual, group and junior golf lessons.

All have their own style, although their teaching could be described as ‘orthodox’, sticking to the proven fundamentals of golf – quite refreshing given the plethora of quirky teaching methods around today.

All of our coaches are regular golfers and compete themselves, so have experienced all the highs and lows we all go through on the golf course.

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Meet The


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Calum Callan PGA Level 3

I've been coaching golf for over 25 years and joined the golf professional team at Cottesmore Golf & Country Club back in 1992. I study the game with passion, and passed my PGA exams with distinction in 1995. In 2021 I gained the status of Specialist Coach of the Professional Golfers Association. I'm very aware that there are so many opinions in golf and I'm conscious that today’s great new discovery is all too likely to become yesterday’s exploded theory. I stick to solid principles that have been proven time and time again over the decades. Despite using hi-tech equipment in many of my lessons, my mantra is still the same – 'if you cannot explain it to a six-year-old, then you do not understand it yourself!' 
Jonny Elliot Golf Pro

Jonny Elliott PGA Level 2

I'm a fully qualified Class A PGA professional BSc (Hons) 2017 and Europro Tour Member, with 6 Professional Golf Wins under my belt. My Sports Science degree and PGA qualification, along with seven years as a golf coach, have helped me develop a straightforward coaching philosophy. I believe that golf coaching should be fun and simple. Every golfer who plays the game wants to enjoy it, so I believe that it is important to incorporate fun into my coaching. Golf is difficult enough, and I have found that straightforward communication and simple coaching techniques yield great results.
Stephen Grouwstra golf pro

Stephen Grouwstra PGA Level 2

In 2010 I made the move down south from Yorkshire for a position of Assistant professional at Cottesmore. 7 years later I then took on the role of Director of Golf/head professional. I am a student of the game and I am always trying to add to the knowledge and experience I have already gained. I believe golfers are individuals and should be taught as such. I have been coaching golfers of all abilities at Cottesmore for over a decade. I vary my teaching style based on the student I have. Sessions are fun and relaxed whilst also being informative and structured. I also compete in many events including South Region Pro-AMs and National tournaments.
Sam Pasmore golf pro

Sam Passmore PGA Level 2

With 6 years of coaching and many more playing I have found Golf to be a very complex sport. My approach to coaching is to make it simpler for the golfer to help them improve. With the use of simple drills and improving the golfers understanding of their own swing to help reduce scores and their handicap.Throughout my coaching years I have had experience of coaching all levels of golfer from juniors, beginners through to low handicap players.

What Our Customers Say

Absolutely love this place. Great spacious rooms, facilities like pool, sauna and steam room. Less crowded in the evening and enough space for everyone. Golf scenery while at breakfast and dinner is amazing.

You'd thought of everything and guided us through the entire process with patience and understanding. We found something to suit our budget and theme and we can't thank Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club enough.

What a weekend- we are still recovering! Thank you for everything Cottesmore team, you were amazing. Maybe we'll return for our ten year wedding anniversary.
We enrolled our son (aged 8) and daughter (aged 11) into the academy for a course during their school holidays. Their games improved rapidly and it really kick-started a passion to play more. The instructors were friendly and trustworthy, and they made it so fun for the kids. Keen to rebook.

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