Golf Instructor

Job Description:

A Golf Instructor teaches individuals how to improve their golfing skills, offering guidance on techniques, swing mechanics, course strategy, and overall game performance.

Job Category:
Culture, Media & Sport

What you will do:

As a golf instructor, you will be:

  • Tailoring golf instruction to the individual needs and skill levels of golfers
  • Analysing and refining golf techniques and swings for better performance
  • Advising on strategies for navigating the golf course effectively
  • Educating golfers on proper etiquette and behaviour on the course
  • Leading practice sessions and drills to enhance skills
  • Planning and delivering structured lessons and clinics
  • Assisting golfers in selecting and fitting appropriate golf equipment
  • Creating an encouraging and supportive learning atmosphere
  • Evaluating golfers’ abilities and identifying areas for improvement
  • Working to enhance overall golfing performance and confidence


You will need:

  • knowledge of golf techniques, equipment and rules
  • understanding of golf-related technology
  • knowledge of course management
  • knowledge in video analysis and player assessment

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

Becoming a golf instructor doesn’t typically have strict GCSE subject requirements, as it’s more about acquiring relevant skills and certifications. However, certain subjects can be beneficial:

  1. Physical Education (PE): This subject provides a foundation in sports and physical activity, which is relevant to understanding movement, fitness, and teaching techniques.
  2. Mathematics: Math skills are useful for understanding data analysis, scoring, and calculating distances in golf.
  3. English: Good communication skills, reading comprehension, and writing abilities are important for explaining concepts and interacting with clients.
  4. Science: Knowledge of biology or anatomy can help you understand body mechanics, fitness, and the physical aspects of golf swings.
  5. Business Studies (if available): Basic business knowledge can be beneficial if you’re planning to run your own golf instruction business.

While these subjects can be advantageous, remember that your main focus should be on developing golf-related skills, gaining teaching certifications, and accumulating practical experience.

To become a golf instructor, you generally need a combination of qualifications, skills, and experience. Here’s an overview of the qualifications and requirements:

Teaching Certifications:

Acquiring teaching certifications from reputable organisations like the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) or other recognised golf teaching programs. Certifications validate your teaching skills and credibility as an instructor.


Accumulating teaching experience through assisting established instructors, working at golf courses, and giving lessons. Practical experience helps refine teaching techniques and understand student needs.

Continued Professional Development

Staying up-to-date with changes in the golf industry, instructional methods, and technological advancements. Participating in workshops, seminars, and further training to enhance teaching expertise.

Working Hours and Environment:

A golf instructor’s working hours can be irregular, often including early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays due to peak golfing times; they work outdoors on golf courses, ranges, and indoor facilities, adapting schedules to client availability and weather conditions.

Career Path & Progression:

A typical career path for a golf instructor involves starting as an assistant, gaining certifications, becoming an independent instructor, specialising in certain areas, advancing to higher-level instructor roles, potentially managing others or owning a golf academy, and exploring opportunities as an author, speaker, or professional coach as experience grows.