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Our Team

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James Whatley

James Whatley 

Head Professional & Academy Director

PGA AA Professional

James formed EMGA in 2007 at Morley Hayes and has seen the Academy grow into Derbyshire's No.1 Golf venue. His reputation as a coach has quickly caught up with his playing credentials as James is one of the lead technical coaches for the Derbyshire County Men's and Boys elite squads. He is also the Head professional for the Derby Performance Academy. He is the personal coach to many of Derbyshires up and coming young players and his ability to share his experience of competition combined with his technical knowledge is invaluable.


James is a multiple former Derbyshire Professionals Champion who is consistently ranked in the top 20 in the UK, he has also represented England in the European team championships and GB&I in the PGA Cup v's America. His biggest achievement was when he played on the European Tour at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.


James combines all lessons with computer swing analysis and teaching aids where required to enhance the overall learning experience. A must see coach to take your game to the next level.

Follow on Twitter and Instagram @jameswhatleypga


1 Hour £60

Day Rate £400


Steve Astle 

Head of Coaching

PGA Advanced Professional

Steve is England Regional U.18 Girls Coach for the East Midlands, and U.K Top 50 Instructor with over 25 years industry experience.  Clients have completed the collection of having won every major trophy in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Golf both at Amateur and Professional level and 8 order of merit titles in the Midlands. Many clients have international honours at Professional and Amateur level and competed on all Professional/ Amateur tours worldwide. Steve has coached over 70 county champions in 11 different counties.


Previous experience also includes coaching abroad in Austria, Germany and New Zealand and currently a key member of the PGA GB & I Coaching team. Steve has also presented his experiences on coaching development at many European conferences to his peers and regularly features in many media articles.

Steve specialises in long term development programmes, guaranteeing results along with a personalised schedule just for you. Founder of


See for further details and follow on Twitter and Instagram @steveastlegolf


1 Hour £90

Day Rate £600

Steve Astle


PGA Advanced Professional

Aaron is an Advanced PGA Professional and has been in the golf industry for 20 years, 14 of those years with East Midlands Golf Academy.


Aaron has an insatiable appetite for learning and will go to great lengths to make the golfers' experience a positive one regardless of their goals.  He has completed a Masters's degree in Sports coaching at the University of Birmingham, being one of only a handful of coaches worldwide to conduct biomechanical research in golf, focusing on the short game.


Aaron aims to make his lessons as purposeful as possible preferring a holistic approach with a particular emphasis on seeing his clients on the course, with a plan to reduce scores in the quickest time, whilst not neglecting the short game and putting.




Bull 3D motion capture - State of the art analysis of the body and swing

Golf not Golf Swing - Fortnightly group sessions for adults, 50% on the course and 50% on the range - Ideal for those determined to break 100, 90 and 80

Youthgolf junior coaching - The best programme for young golfers just starting the game or working towards a tour card


1 Hour £60

30 Min Junior  £23

Aaron Holtom

HEAD of player Development

PGA Professional

Since joining EMGA back in April 2017, Dean has helped hundreds of golfers start the game; guiding them from driving range to golf course with maximum enjoyment. His philosophy of teaching the fundamentals with a step by step skills-based approach, including goalsetting, will help you achieve progress quickly.


Dean combines all individual lessons with video analysis.  In addition, after each individual session, lesson notes are provided for greater understanding of how to develop skills and practice. Dean is a highly recommended way to start your golfing journey.

Dean has strived in his 10-year’s experience as a PGA professional to keep improving himself, both coaching and playing, by seeking out and learning from some of the finest professionals in the UK. In turn, this knowledge is then applied to teaching all abilities and age groups he coaches to ensure the best value and results possible.

Dean still enjoys working on his own game and competes nationally as a top 5 Professsional in Derbyshire.


1 Hour £50 

Dean Hibbert

Will Davidson 
Head of Beginner &
Ladies Coaching

PGA Professional

Will turned professional in 2020. before undertaking his training Will played competitive golf at both county and national level with a handicap of +2.


Having played for 15 years Will has been under the tuition of some of the countries leading coaches and will be looking to transfer his knowledge of the swing into golfers of all ability levels.


1 Hour £40 

Will Davidson

Hours of operation 

Mon-Fri: 9AM to 9PM

Sat-Sun: 9AM to 5PM

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