Our PGA Professionals
Danny Jakubowski- Director of Instruction
Danny has been the Director of Instruction at Abu Dhabi Golf Club since 2010. During his tenure he has developed industry leading and award winning programs that have strengthened the Institute and the learning experience. Danny’s success with the Abu Dhabi Golf Institute led him to another Troon facility Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to lay down the blueprint for their golf academy, where he simultaneously held a group director of golf position. Danny likes to make sure that his students fully understand their golf swing and the improvements that can be made. He uses critical thinking and coaching software to identify the origin of any fundamental flaws in the swing and is certified and proficient with the use and application of Physical screenings, golf fitness and Ball flight radar. Danny, like all of the Abu Dhabi coaching team loves to develop Junior and Ladies golf and can been seen enthusiastically leading group classes of all abilities on the practice tee.
Nick Cork - Senior Instructor
Nick hails from Essex, England and has over a decade's experience in the golfing industry. Since joining Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Nick has continued to heighten his knowledge of coaching to specific needs through seminars oversees. Nick holds full AA status with the English PGA and specialises in TrackMan Ball Radar Accreditation, Golf Fitness with the Titleist Performance Institute and short game skills. As well as coaching individuals at all levels of the game, Nick also runs programs and events for aspiring junior golfers. Nick's mission is simple: he wants you to hit solid golf shots consistently in a predictable direction, will adjust your swing to suit your physical capabilities and will help you understand your swing and improve your technique to play your absolute best. Nick knows how important it is to teach the individual, not a method, and is dedicated to helping every golfer achieve their full potential.
Martin Steel - Senior Instructor
Martin spent his formative professional years at The Metropolitan Golf Club located on the world renowned Melbourne Sandbelt in Australia. Martin is an AAA rated PGA Professional with the PGA of Australia and also holds Certification as a Golf Fitness Instructor with the Titleist Performance Institute. Martin aims to continue growing the game of golf in the Emirate, and develop his students to reach their full golfing potential. His coaching philosophies stem from extensive research and time spent with some of the industry’s leading golf coaches and high performance institutes. Martin delivers clear and simple concepts to his students ensuring they can practice efficiently and see results. Martin also runs the very successful Abu Dhabi Golf Institute’s Ladies Group Development Program which is now the premiere program in Abu Dhabi for Ladies to learn golf.
Grant Smith - Institute Instructor
Grant, Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland spent 6 years at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel, host to the 2014 Ryder Cup. During this period Grant further developed his knowledge with work placements in Mauritius and America and was awarded with the Scottish Assistant Professional of the Year. Grant enjoys helping golfers of all abilities in particularly introducing beginner golfers to the game, he believes in a relaxed approach to get maximise enjoyment out of the challenge of learning something new. For the more seasoned golfer he applies a very holistic approach, combining his knowledge of the mechanics of the golf swing, Trackman, TPI Golf Fitness and an extensive skills testing system. Grant will thoroughly evaluate which part of your game needs to be improved to lower your scores and tailor the lesson packages to the individual.
Chris Billows - Institute Instructor
Chris, originally from Nottingham, England has spent his last 4 years at the worldwide renowned Gleneagles Golf Club & Hotel, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup. It was there he developed himself as both a coach and a professional. He was pivotal in the running of all Junior Golf Programs based at Gleneagles and shares a real passion in growing the game of golf. Chris’ coaching philosophy is very simple, ‘Everybody is an individual golfer with different goals, abilities and time restrictions. I will help you develop a plan in which best helps you to reach your goals whilst remaining simplistic and to the point.’ Chris largely focusses on providing the player with a clear and concise understanding of their golf swing, and all different components of the game of Golf. Communication is always at the forefront of any coaching Chris is involved in, because if the player doesn’t fully understand why they are being asked to change an aspect of their swing, then they are less likely to comply.