Alan has been a PGA Professional for nearly 20 years and has worked on the golf curriculum at UHI for the last 11 years. Alan began his career at a member’s club in Angus, Kirriemuir Golf Club where he helped to develop a large junior coaching programme as well as learn all aspects of the job of a golf professional. This included work in areas of equipment technology, tournament organisation and the retail business.
Alan moved to Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the UAE and spent 2 years as Golf Operations Manager there. He gained excellent experience at a large international resort where he managed a team of staff responsible for the running of events, tournaments and daily play on the two golf courses.
Alan is also a Level 3 coach and also works for the PGA in delivering coach tutoring and assessing for the Level 1 coaching awards where he trains volunteer coaches who go on to work with beginner and ClubGolf coaching programmes across Scotland. He is also a ClubGolf Coach Developer in the Highland region, which requires him to visit clubs that deliver junior programmes across the region to assist in their coaching, provide support and guidance throughout the season.
Alan is also a graduate of the BA (Hons) Golf Management degree himself giving him experience of the programme from the student’s perspective.
Since becoming the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Golf Management programme, Alan has led the development and validation of the BA(Hons) Professional Golf degree and its partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association. This partnership also led to the development and validation of the DipHE distance learning programme for PGA Trainee’s based in Scotland.
Alan teaches on both the Golf Management and Professional Golf programmes and is also part of the tutor team for the PGA involved in the delivery of the DipHE Professional Golf.
Alan is Module Leader for 7 modules across the two full time degrees and delivers these face-to-face as well as across the UHI network.
- Professional Golfers’ Association
Alans main areas of expertise are in the development of practical and applied skills for the golf industry including coaching, equipment technology/repairs, events and operational management.
He also teaches areas relating to management in the golf and leisure industry.
Outside of the academic role, Alan also coaches the UHI golf team and helped develop and launch the UHI Sporting Awards with the university's student association, HISA.