Warwickshire Golf

Mens & Boys Player Development


Player development and providing a good player pathway is a key part of the Counties role. Please select the area of interest using the links below to learn more about player development in Warwickshire;

An Introduction to County Coaching

A player pathway provides a stepping stone giving promising young junior golfers through to young adults the opportunity to devleop and improve their skills. The high level of coaching and support that the Warwickshire Union and Association provide for their players helps them to compete in County and National tournaments and matches at every age level in the pathway.

Development is provided to support the following County Squads with all junior development being organised by a central committee formed between the Union and Association...

Warwickshire Union Warwickshire Association
Boys Futures Squad - Under 14 Development Girls Futures Squad - Under 14 Development
Boys Under 14's - Performance and Development Squads Girls Under 18's - Performance Squads
Boys Under 16's - Performance and Development Squads Ladies - 1st and 2nd Team Squads
Boys Under 18's - Performance Squad
Mens - 1st and 2nd Team Squads

Due to the quantity of players and how ability and age naturally differ between squads, specific coaching sessions are arranged to benefit each squad. Some squads receive a "bespoke" program tailored to each players needs.

"County Coaching" has evolved considerably over the years and the responsibilities of the Counties has also changed slightly within the National coaching structure. We as a County are encouraged by England Golf to develop our players using key areas of focus. These are:

  • World-class holing out
  • Outstanding short game
  • Precise wedge play
  • Ball flight control
  • Strategy and tactical awareness

As shown above the majority of the County devleopment programme does not centre around the long game. It is there to complement any work being done by a players "Home Coach". We feel it is extremley important for a players development that they work with a "Home Coach" meaning good communication between County / National organisations, Coaches, Players and Parents also becomes crucial in the development of players.

It is also important that it is made clear to the player that to improve it doesn't necessarily mean they have to stand on a range for hours on end. It sounds obvious but a player does need to learn to play the game on the golf course, but maybe not so obvious is the importance of playing other sports to develop hand eye cordination and range of movement.

Boys Development Programme

The Boys coaching programme is extensive and split into numerous squads and devleopment groups which are largely based on ability. A selection and invitation process is administered annually to Boys in the County. Contact for this is normally made through the Junior Organiser at each Club or directly where Boys are already known to the County organisers.

A guideline of the pathway used with number of participants are shown below and a guideline for selection into the Boys County Teams can be found by clicking here;


The coaching team for delivering the current Coaching Programme are:

Name and Professional Status Home Club Attachment
Alastair Davies - Advanced Fellow of the PGA & Lead Coach Forest of Arden Golf & Country CLub
Andy Dunbar - Advanced PGA Professional Stratford Oaks Golf Club
Stuart Bottrill - PGA Class AAT Professional Shirley Golf Club
Mark Dulson - Advanced PGA Professional The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club
Aaron Lansberry - PGA Professional & BA Hons in golf Management Hatchford Brook Golf Centre
Chris Ryan - PGA Class AA Professional The Belfry

Any queries you may have regarding the coaching or how to get your Child involved please contact our Head of Boys Golf by email on

For information about our Child Protection Policies please click HERE

Mens Development Programme

Each year from late Summer - Early Autumn applications can be submitted for players to be included in the Mens County Coaching Programme. Generally, all players will at least hold a handicap of 4 or below.

Contact is made each year by the County to all affiliated Clubs detailing where, when the County Trial will take place and in what format. This may range from Skills testing days, 18 hole tournaments or Par 3 events run throughout the Winter months.

Once contact has been made and a list of players shortlisted a Player Devleopment Form ( DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE FORM ) will be completed by each player which therefore allows the County to build an effective Coaching Programme for their Players.

A range of coaches are used to deliver specific areas of the game and these include well known Coaches and players such as Alastair Davies, Tom Whitehouse and David Ames from Quintec Putting Analysis.

There are group sessions organised regularly for players which provdes effective practice sessions specifically on Putting and all shots under 120 yards. All new players that meet the criteria as set HERE are very welcome and all enquiries should be made to either our Team Manager, Nev Gardner or County  Captain, Stuart Bloxham .

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