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Meet Our Golf Academy Manager

Welcome to the Hurlston Hall Golf Academy Page. I'm Davin Knudsen, Academy Manager & Head PGA Professional here at Hurlston Hall. Have a scroll to learn about our 1-1 golf lessons or group golf coaching lessons...


Meet the  Golf Team

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Head PGA Professional & Academy Manager

Davin Knudsen

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Davin was previously a teaching professional and club fitter at Preston Golf Academy. He spent 20 years in London, both as Head Professional at Finchley Golf Club and as a Director at one of the busiest driving ranges in the capital. He also previously worked at The Ben Hogan Company, the iconic golf equipment group. He is a custom fitting specialist and is a TaylorMade Master Fitter. He uses the latest technology in his lessons and is certified in using GC Quad and Swing Catalyst. He has experience in teaching players of all abilities.


 PGA Head Teaching Professional

Tim Hastings

Tim was fortunate enough to start his career at Formby Golf Club at 18 years old and became a qualified PGA Professional in 1994.  After a successful playing career competing at regional and national level he is now a full time PGA coach based at Hurlston Hall Golf Academy.   With substantial coaching experience, Tim is recognised as one of the regions most experienced coaches.  With a straight forward approach, he is able to provide solutions at your own pace, supported by measurable data to deliver results using the very best technology.  He has a patient, relaxed nature and recognises that all players at every level need consistency and this is best achieved by simplifying aspects of the game that can often become over complicated.  


 PGA Assistant Professional

Paul Kinnear

Paul turned professional in 2018, having represented England for five years. He has been playing on the Jamega Tour, Portugal Pro Golf Tour and Euro Pro Tour for six years and has 14 Professional wins, including the 2022 North Region championship and the 2022 North Region Order of Merit. Paul is a third year PGA trainee and provides coaching to our junior class as well as private lessons


 PGA Assistant Professional & Custom Fitter

Danny Whitelaw

Danny joined Hurlston Hall, as a junior member, at the age of 8, where his passion for the game began. He played successfully as a junior and amateur golfer. In the final three years of his amateur career, he studied a BSC in Golf Coaching and Performance at the International Institute for Golf Education. He completed this degree alongside competing regionally and nationally, whilst also representing the UCLAN University squad. Danny turned professional in 2021 and began his PGA Qualification. He still enjoys playing and competing in the PGA events and has achieved 1 professional victory in his 2 years as a professional. Outside of playing, his passions are coaching and custom fitting. He has the ability, knowledge, and experience to inspire confidence, motivate and coach golfers of all skill levels and abilities. Moreover, Danny enjoys custom fitting golfers by helping a player to identify their swing and ball flight characteristics, allowing him to help them find an optimal set of custom fitted golf clubs to help maximise their performance.

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