Why not improve your game with help from the experts? Whether you want to improve a little or progress to championship standard, lessons can guide your efforts and give you a new perspective on your game. Dean Vannet, our Head PGA Professional at Banchory GC is a fully qualified Class AA PGA Professional, Level 3 Coach and his assistant Andrew is a Trainee Assistant PGA Professional. We offer tuition for both members and visitors alike.
Dean Vannet - Head PGA ProfessionalI was born in Arbroath in 1964 and raised in m Carnoustie where I started to learn to play golf from the age of 7. By the time I was 16 yrs of age I was off scratch and represented both club and country from Scottish Schoolboy International to Boy International with my main highlight coming when I captured the European Schoolboy title over the tough links of Portmarock in Ireland. I then moved to take up the role as Assistant PGA Professional at Banchory Golf Club in 1985 and trained for 5 years alongside former Open Champion Paul Lawrie. After a brief spell in England I moved to take up the role as the clubs first PGA Professional at Peterculter Golf Club in May 1992. In 2001 I was appointed as the clubs General Manager and combined both roles. With the assistance of my new Assistant in the shop Andrew Pillans, we strive to offer all our customers with the best possible service. Although my playing has reduced greatly due to other duties at the club, Dean has managed to win several Pro Am events with a particular highlight coming in 1996 where I scored a 10 under par 62 in winning the Portlethen Pro-Am and established a new course record which still stands to date. Also in the same year I scored an 8 under par 64 over the Nairn Dunbar course playing in the Nabors Drilling Pro-Am, and while the score itself was enjoyable, the most memorable part of the round was scoring 9 consecutive birdies from the 5th to the 13th - those were the days!
Andrew Pillans - Assistant PGA ProfessionalAs an amateur Andrew won some prestigious tournaments and managed to reduce his handicap to 2. As a junior he won his Club Championship at Kirkcaldy GC on two occasions and went on to win the Fife Champion of Champions. He also represented Fife on several occasions. • Andrew attended College at Elmwood where he studied HNC Professional Golf representing the college team on many different occasions with regular competitive rounds between other local colleges and universities. He also achieved level 1 in golf coaching while attending at Elmwood. •Shortly after graduating Andrew moved over to the Middle East and worked at Doha Golf Club in Qatar where he worked in the professional shop. After working here for 1 year he decided to move back to Scotland and start his PGA Training. Andrew joined Dean in May 2015 and is in the Process of starting his PGA Degree.
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