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Meet Our PGA Pros

We have four Professional Golfer Association (PGA) Pros based here at SbN offering golf coaching,  lessons and advice. Find out more about the team below:


  • Roly Hitchcock - Head PGA Professional

    Our Golf Manager Roly Hitchcock joined the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in 1996 and started his training at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club. In 2007, he became Senior Teaching Professional for the club.

    So far during his career, Roly has held a variety of significant teaching posts including U16s Girls Coach for England Golf’s east region and Essex County Coach. He has also worked for various development academies.

    In 2013, Roly qualified as a PGA Level 4 coach, but his personal and professional development didn’t stop there! He is in the process of studying for an MSc in Sports Coaching that will further his understanding of the wants and needs of every golfer that he teaches.

    Roly believes that impact is the most important part of the game and is often the area that many golfers neglect in all aspects of the game.

  • Karl Dunn - PGA Professional

    Karl is our Pro Shop Manager and one of our resident PGA Professionals. He joined Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in 2004 as a student at the Sports Academy and after a two-year intensive course Karl began work at SbN in 2007.

    He won numerous club competitions and played for all the county teams until he turned professional in 2010. At that stage in his career, he was playing the East Region Tour while simultaneously studying for his foundation degree in professional golf with the PGA.

    In 2012, Karl became an Assistant Coach for the County Academy Programme and this experience has led him to develop a keen interest in the psychology of the game. He specialises in shot-making techniques that help his students lower their handicaps.

    Karl graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013 with his degree in professional golf. As well as coaching, he specialises in custom fit golf and club repairs.

  • Danielle Anderson - PGA Professional

    Danielle is our newest PGA professional. She joined the team in November 2016 after previously working at The Wentworth Club for four and a half years. Danielle first was at SbN as a student at The Sports Academy at SbN back in 2007 – 2009 then went on to work in Spain for The Sports Academy as their Golf Operations Manager looking after elite amateurs.

    Throughout Danielle’s amateur status she represented Essex in the Junior and Ladies first teams along with competing in national and international events, such as the Portuguese Amateur and Faldo Series World Final. Danielle studied for her PGA Foundation Degree at Wentworth alongside competing in PGA and WPGA events including WPGA Final hosted by SbN. Danielle has a passion for helping people improve their game and introducing people to the game and seeing the benefits golf can bring.

  • Simon Dainty - PGA Professional

    Simon turned professional after a successful amateur career achieving representation for England and winning the England U18 Schoolboys Championships.

    Having enjoyed over fifty professional wins across Europe, he is now turned his focus to developing golfers to maximise their potential. Having gained valuable experience from training with Master Professional Pete Cowen (the most successful coach on the European tour) and Mike Hebron, Simon has a wealth of knowledge on swing mechanics and believes you have to instil constants to gain consistency, something every golfer needs. He has worked with all standards of golfers to bring out the best in them from beginners, County players, International golfers, and Professionals.

    He draws on his experience in his previous role as Head of Schools for the Lee Westwood Golf School to provide a structured learning approach, working with what players have in a simple but successful way. His motivation to improve a player is infectious, his strong people skills and communication help provide a unique coaching experience.


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