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Essendon Country Club

here to offer you a service unmatched anywhere in the county

The Team

Essendon’s friendly, knowledgeable and experienced teams of Professionals are here to offer you a service unmatched anywhere in the county.

Ian Taylor – PGA DIRECTOR OF GOLF

Ian joined the team as Head Professional in January 2014 and has over 10 years experience as a professional. Ian has a huge passion for coaching. He is enthusiastic about helping his pupils learn and develop, whilst making the journey of doing so fun and enjoyable.

Alongside his club roles, Ian is a Hertfordshire County Coach working with the development and elite squads at under-18 level.

Ian loves all sports, he is a massive Tottenham Hotspurs fan, enjoys to ski and is a huge foodie!

Ian@essendoncc.com

Matt Spencer - PGA SENIOR Teaching Professional

Matt has been coaching since 2009 during which time he has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise from various top coaches around the world. He enjoys learning and improving his knowledge from the very best in the industry.

Matt's passion is helping golfers achieve a specific goal by creating personalised programmes, as well as fulfilling two roles as a Hertfordshire County Coach working with the Boys Under-16's Development Squad & Playing Squad.

In his down time, Matt enjoys playing sport & socialising and hopes to make more time for playing golf himself.

matt.spencer@essendoncc.com

Daniel Woods - PGA SENIOR TEACHING PROFESSIONAL

Dan has been in the golfing industry for over 12 years which has seen him achieve a national diploma in golfing excellence and PGA degree. He has worked at Verulam Golf Club, Moor Park Golf Club and South Herts Golf Club.

Dan’s passion for golf coaching has brought him here to Essendon to help inspire, improve and develop all standards of golfers from complete beginners through to scratch golfers.

Dan is a huge Norwich City fan and enjoys spending time socialising with friends and family.

daniel.woods@essendoncc.com


Freddie Russell – PGA SENIOR TEACHING PROFESSIONAL

Freddie was previously the Assistant Professional at Essendon in 2015 in which he undertook his PGA qualifications but left the club in 2018. During his time away Freddie was running a management agency for golf professionals competing on the Challenge Tour, European and Ladies European Tour. In February 2021, Freddie rejoined the team as Senior Professional and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and skills.


During his 6 years as a Professional, Freddie has worked with top European and PGA Tour coaches such as Clive Tucker and George Gankas to help develop his skill set as both a player and a coach. With a passion for developing golfers at all levels, Freddie will be supporting and developing the academy pathways for our junior and adults moving into membership. 

Keen to embrace modern changes within the game, Freddie is focussing on helping members and visitors alike achieve a powerful and effective golf swing. When he’s not on the golf course, Freddie is a keen surfer and foodie - on a mission to try every type of tapas on the planet. 

Kyle Cullum - PGA ASSISTANT PROFESSIONAL

Kyle joined the Professional Team at Essendon in 2020. He’s currently undergoing his training for his PGA Professional Golf qualification and quickly building his skills and knowledge in the industry. Kyle played professionally in his early 20’s and played to a high level after having a successful amateur career, which included winning two County Championships and the British Boys plate. As a pro, Kyle featured on the EuroPro and Challenge Tour.

Kyle still loves playing the game but now strives to help other golfers reach their goals to ultimately improve their enjoyment of the game.

Kyle is a keen sportsman, a family man to three kids and loving husband. Is a Norwich City football supporter and enjoys watching the golf. His favourite golfer of all time is Tiger Woods. When Kyle has free time he enjoys socialising with friends.

kyle.cullum@essendoncc.com

   

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