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Golf Professionals

Here at Ferndown Forest Golf Course we have a team of professionals that provide coaching to over 300 golfers per week.  Our Professional Staff not only offer golf coaching but they also play regularly in PGA Golf Events and work throughout the complex offering advice and customer service to our customers.  




Graham Howell
Head PGA Golf Professional

Head Professional Graham Howell has been with us at Ferndown Forest for over 12 years & has been a PGA Professional for over 25 years.  He has been fortunate enough to have Played events on the European, Challenge, Sunshine, British & Regional tours. He still plays to a high standard now even though his Teaching now demands more of his time. He has been passing on his wide range of knowledge & experience from these events to his pupils at Ferndown Forest for the past 12 years.  Graham teaches in a  modern and simple way which is both easy  to understand & perform yet he manages to maintain the enjoyment element. He coaches using the latest Flightscope and Video analysis technology providing information and explanation to your faults and fixes which otherwise would be impossible. He Teaches all standards  in either an individual or group situation.


Craig Gale
PGA Golf Professional

Craig Gale is a fully qualified PGA Golf Professional and Coach.  He provides Golf Lessons to all ages and abilities from novices to competing professionals.  The facilities available at Ferndown Forest are excellent and we use the latest technology, equipment and teaching techniques to bring benefits to even the most experienced golfers.  If you are seeking golf coaching with a reliable, personable, encouraging and skilled instructor then Craig is an ideal choice.  His calming and reassuring nature will ensure you are immediately put at ease.

Craig enjoyed early golfing success at Broadstone GC and quickly became assistant to Nigel Tokely and followed him to Remedy Oak GC in 2006.  Continuing to improve his game Craid turned Pro in 2009 and regularly competes on the West Region PGA circuit as well as the Dorste PGA and alliance.  In 2011 Craig became Head PGA Assistant at Remedy Oak and has since become a Dorset Academy Coach.  In 2014 Craig decided to join the fast growing team at FFGC.



Richard Hill
PGA Golf Professional

Richard Hill moved to Bournemouth in 1977 after turning Professional at the age of 16. His first position in Bournemouth was at Knighton Heath, he then moved to Ferndown Golf Club in 1978 and spent almost 6 years with Head Professional Doug Sewell. Following his time at Ferndown Richard moved to Queens Park as Head Assistant to John Sharkey and became Head Professional in 1990.

Richard enjoyed over 20 years at Queens Park and in 2004 he moved to Parley Golf Club to follow his dream to coach full-time. Having seen the potential for growth at Ferndown Forest Richard has now been a resident coach here for 3 years.

Richard’s on course and coaching experiences have established him as one of the most renowned coaching professionals in the South. His simplistic and player focused approach has helped beginners and experienced players of all ages. In recent years Richard has been involved in a number of elite player programmes and was the involved in setting up the hugely successful Bournemouth University Golf Team.


Jane Miles
PGA Golf Professional

Jane is a member and former competitor on the Ladies European Tour.    Between tournaments Jane worked as a greenkeeper for 17 years and subsequently became the Head PGA Professional of Knighton Heath Golf Club in Bournemouth.  In addition to this Jane has coached for 25 years at Parley Golf Centre.  Jane brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team at Ferndown Forest Golf Course.  Jane not only teaches many people individually but she also runs some very popular ladies group coaching classes.  Please ask in the shop for information.



Darren Stratman
PGA Golf Professional

Turning Pro at the age of 18, I taught my first Golf Session to 17 children in 2002 after a successful Junior career where I played as an England International at the age of 15.  I now teach over 10000 children each year in over 50 schools all across Dorset as well.  I am also a Dorset County Academy Coach and I now run my own academy at Ferndown Forest Golf Club.
In 2011 I received the titles of “PGA Pro of the Year” by the Golf Foundation and “PGA West Region Developmental Pro of Year” by the Professional Golfers Association.
However although my reputation has been based around Junior Coaching, I love teaching Golfer’s of all ages and abilities