Golf Academy

Our Golf Academy offers an opportunity to combine a first-class education with coaching from PGA Professional, Tim Mitchell. Golf scholarships enable children to develop their game, take advantage of our excellent on-site facilities and nearby golf courses.

Our on-site state-of-the-art Golf Hub was opened in 2016 by Martin Slumbers:

“I’m somebody who loves the game of golf and is passionate about children playing the game and having a fantastic facility like this will make a big difference. This sort of short course facility and place where people can learn is exactly what we need and is a terrific opportunity for pupils.” — Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews

The indoor golf facility accommodates up to 8 golfers and offers video analysis, golf simulation and competition preparation training. The putting zone and workshop areas offer an opportunity to fine tune technical development and use up-to-date technology for year-round golf development.

What does The Golf Academy offer young golfers?

The Golf Academy offers pupils a range of essential components that will allow them to develop their talent and significantly improve their golfing abilities. The programme includes:

  • Regular personalised coaching sessions with PGA Professional, Tim Mitchell
  • Technical golf skills development
  • Specialised strength & conditioning training
  • Indoor Studio with Skytrak and golf club simulation
  • Up to 50% off tuition fees for suitably talented applicants
  • Membership of a local golf club in Bridge of Allan

The Golf Programme – A four tier system

The Beaconhurst Golf Academy takes the golfer from their very first hit of a ball, through the handicap system and beyond. The four-tier system allows each player to learn at their own pace, quantify development, set goals and achieve their true potential.

Tier 1 –‘The Performance Squad’ (H’cp 14 and below) receive a 1:1 lesson per week plus five hours of group sessions either at the golf club or at school, plus strength and conditioning sessions. Grading and testing, data analysis, swing theory, and psychology of gameplay aid in the constant quest for excellence. Goal setting for academics, tournament golf and further education are blended together to maximise potential for all performance golfers. Their Beaconhurst tournament schedule includes the school Order of Merit, ISGA events, district, county and national events and European Team Schools Championships. The Performance Squad are able to analyse and document skill acquisition, set performance targets and plan for the future.

Tier 2 –‘The Handicap Development Squad’ (H’cp 15 – 36) enables golfers with a handicap (15 and above) to work through a grading and testing programme to lower their handicap. Using a variety of coaching techniques, individual pathways are developed for each pupil to reach their goals and achieve their true potential, during three hours of weekly coaching. They receive membership to the Bridge of Allan Golf Club, designed by Tom Morris, and lessons take place either at the golf club or at school. Tier 2 golfers join the Beaconhurst Order of Merit championship, take part in tournaments throughout Scotland and have personal tournament schedules and player profiles created for their needs. An introduction to strength and conditioning is included in the Tier 2 golf programme.

Tier 3 – ‘The Future Legends’ meet for two sessions per week at The Golf Hub and use the university par 3 course. Having passed Level One, they build consistency to their skill set in Level Two. The sessions focus on skill acquisition, technical understanding, basic conditioning, golf course simulation and goal setting. The focus is earning a set of skills that will enable them to get a full handicap. The Future Legends compete in the Beaconhurst par 3 championship and also a tournament at the home of golf, in St Andrews.

Tier 4 – This is an introduction to golf at Beaconhurst to pupils from the age of six. Boys and girls can join either the ‘Mighty Morphin Power Golfer’ or the ‘#Unicorn Golf’ squads. The weekly golf sessions are held at The Golf Hub where pupils work through the PARSYSTEMGOLF Level One course, which focuses on all aspects of the game through fun challenges and games. As an introduction to competition, they play in the Beaconhurst par 3 championship and also a tournament at the home of golf, in St Andrews.

Meet the coach

Tim Mitchell — Beaconhurst Head Golf Coach

After receiving a degree in English and American literature from the University of Wales, Swansea, where he also received a full golf scholarship, Tim became a PGA golf professional in the year 2000. As an amateur, Tim was a scratch golfer, played in the Welsh premier league and was selected as part of the Welsh junior development squad.

As a level three PGA coach, Tim specialises in all aspects of junior coaching, from participation to performance. PARSYSTEMGOLF, run by Tim, offers golf coaching in partnership with Beaconhurst School, Stirling University and Bridge of Allan Golf Club. During the past five years, he has spent his time researching strategies of golf development designed specifically for children. These concepts will culminate in the publication of Tim’s first book, ‘How to coach golf to kids and other humans’.

Tim’s innovative coaching style uses a variety of techniques from technical understanding, the creation of fundamental skills, the psychology of scoring (fun and gameplay), grading/testing, the use of willpower and planning and goal setting. With a sound academic background, years of research and a true passion for the game, Tim aims to create performance pathways specifically for children, allowing them to excel in the golf culture he builds at junior specific venues.

Get in touch

To discuss The Beaconhurst Golf Academy in more detail, please contact admissions@beaconhurst.com or call 01786 832146.