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Meet the Team

Our PGA Professionals

Danny Jakubowski

Danny Jakubowski - Director of Instruction
Danny has been the Director of Instruction at Abu Dhabi Golf Club since 2010. During his tenure he has developed industry leading and award winning programs that have strengthened the Institute and the learning experience. Danny’s success with the Abu Dhabi Golf Institute led him to another Troon facility Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to lay down the blueprint for their golf academy, where he simultaneously held a group director of golf position. Danny likes to make sure that his students fully understand their golf swing and the improvements that can be made. He uses critical thinking and coaching software to identify the origin of any fundamental flaws in the swing and is certified and proficient with the use and application of Physical screenings, golf fitness and Ball flight radar. Danny, like all of the Abu Dhabi coaching team loves to develop Junior and Ladies golf and can been seen enthusiastically leading group classes of all abilities on the practice tee.

Grant Smith

Grant Smith - Senior Instructor
Grant, Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland spent 6 years at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel, host to the 2014 Ryder Cup. During this period Grant further developed his knowledge with work placements in Mauritius and America and was awarded with the Scottish Assistant Professional of the Year. Grant enjoys helping golfers of all abilities in particularly introducing beginner golfers to the game, he believes in a relaxed approach to get maximise enjoyment out of the challenge of learning something new. For the more seasoned golfer he applies a very holistic approach, combining his knowledge of the mechanics of the golf swing, Trackman, TPI Golf Fitness and an extensive skills testing system. Grant will thoroughly evaluate which part of your game needs to be improved to lower your scores and tailor the lesson packages to the individual.

Chris Billows

Chris Billows - Institute Instructor
Chris, originally from Nottingham, England has spent his last 4 years at the worldwide renowned Gleneagles Golf Club & Hotel, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup. It was there he developed himself as both a coach and a professional. He was pivotal in the running of all Junior Golf Programs based at Gleneagles and shares a real passion in growing the game of golf. Chris’ coaching philosophy is very simple, ‘Everybody is an individual golfer with different goals, abilities and time restrictions. I will help you develop a plan in which best helps you to reach your goals whilst remaining simplistic and to the point.’ Chris largely focusses on providing the player with a clear and concise understanding of their golf swing, and all different components of the game of Golf. Communication is always at the forefront of any coaching Chris is involved in, because if the player doesn’t fully understand why they are being asked to change an aspect of their swing, then they are less likely to comply.

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