Our Team

James Whatley
Steve Astle
Aaron Holtom
Dean Hibbert
Natalie Clarke
Will Painter
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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 emga

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 6 order of merit titles in the Midlands. Many clients have international honours at Professional and Amateur level and compete on all Professional/ Amateur tours worldwide. Steve has coached over 50 county champions in 10 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 www.onlinejuniorgolf.com


See www.golflessonsderby.co.uk for further details and follow on Twitter and Instagram @steveastlegolf


1 Hour £80

Day Rate £500

Aaron Holtom emga




PGA Advanced Professional

Aaron is an Advanced PGA Professional and has been in the golf industry for 20 years, 12 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 recently 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  £20 

Dean Hibbert emga

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 

Natalie Clarke EMGA

Natalie Clarke 


PGA Professional

Natalie  started playing the game at 11 years old, by the age of 14 was off a handicap of scratch and selected to play for the England Girls and Ladies Team, representing England right through to the age of 21. During her amateur career, Natalie gained 6 England caps, won many county and national tournaments, 2 very notable being The Telegraph Junior championship in Suncity South Africa and the Faldo Junior Series.


After qualifying as a PGA Professional Natalie was approached  to work for Peter Cowen the world number one coach at his academy, where she gained valuable teaching experience watching Pete coach some of the worlds best players.


Natalie teaches all levels of golfers from beginners to professionals. "I do not like to make the golf swing over complicated and I like to keep things simple throughout the swing. Dedication and practice is a must if you’re wanting to better your game.”


Natalie also works alongside European Tour Winner and Coach Robert Rock with his Junior Tour and on her own game,


1 Hour £50 

Day Rate £325 


Will Painter 
HEAD of Beginner coaching

PGA Professional

Will started playing the game at 14 years old and by the age of 18 years old was a scratch golfer, and was representing both Derbyshire Golf 1st Team and England School Boys. Will is always looking to become the best golfer he can and continue achieving.


Will qualified as a PGA Professional in 2020 with the PGA foundation degree and has a continued his academic learning with becoming a fitness professional. Will believes golfers swing faults/characteristics often come from limitations in the body and looks to work around those faults or improve them with a holistic approach.


Will likes to build a golfer, not a golf swing. Learning what skills they can and can’t do to help build a plan to move forward and become a more complete golfer. He believes golf coaching is taking away thought, not adding it so is always happy to answer your questions and put the mind at rest.


Both individual and group coaching is available in all aspects of the game. (Putting, chipping, pitching, bunkers, swing, mental approach, course management ). Will still receives coaching himself off European Tour coach Graham Walker and a European Tour Physio to better his game and keep learning.


1 Hour £40 

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Will Davidson 
Golf Coach

PGA Assistant Professional

Will is currently in his 2nd year of training since turning 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