The Golf Academy allows students to pursue a serious passion for golf while attaining academic qualifications at SGS College.
The students get 250 contact days at The Players Golf Club, The Bristol Golf Club and at Wise Campus, with our experienced professional golf coaches.
The Golf Academy takes annual trips to Tenerife and the Algarve for warm weather training and competition.
Former Academy Student Alistair Balcombe played in The Open alongside golf legend Tom Watson at his final major in 2014. Many SGS students go on to university on scholarships in the UK and in the USA.
Former Golf Academy student, Jordan Smith plays on the European Tour and is now inside the top 100 golfers in the world after graduating from SGS in 2011.
Since the Golf Academy opened in 2002, it has established a proven track-record for developing some of the best golfing talent from across the UK.
Currently there are 30 students in the Academy, equally divided between first and second year, who combine their sporting pursuit with attaining academic qualifications from the diverse range of courses on offer at SGS.
The Golf Academy are looking for students who are hard-working, open to accepting coaching advice and who enjoy playing the game. At SGS, they get to play in our Academy Tour and compete for a place in the college teams that compete in the Intercollegiate Tour, which provides the best school and college players with the highest level of competition available.
During their two years at SGS, each student gets 250 contact days under the tutelage of PGA professional golf coaches, Peter Langford and Kelvin Aitken, while practicing with and against other skilled players in a competitive and healthy team environment.
SGS has top-level golfing facilities for students including an Indoor 3G Astroturf Field with driving nets and targets, as well as an artificial turfed pitching and putting green. The students spend much of their time practicing between two golf courses in the vicinity.
The Players Golf Club, which has an 18-hole championship course, an 18-hole short course, a nine-hole Par Three Course, a driving range, two putting greens and conference rooms for class sessions.
The Bristol Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship course, with a flood-lit 10 bay driving range, a nine-hole Par Three course, a short range area and conference facilities.
Each student athlete also attends supervised sessions with our strength and conditioning coaches, while our in-house physio department plays a key role with injury avoidance and rehabilitation.
The Golf Academy students also take an annual training trip to Tenerife and a playing tour to Portugal, while also taking regular trips to European Tour events at St Andrews and Wentworth.
Our Golf Academy coaches also offer excellent advice on golfing and academic exit routes and many of our student athletes have gone to university on scholarships both in the UK and in the USA.
Many of our students have gone on to attain recognition through their golfing achievements.
Former SGS student Jordan Smith currently plays on the European Tour and is currently ranked inside the top 100 golfers in the world.
In his two years at SGS, Jordan won the Intercollegiate Player’s Championship in successive years and after graduating in 2011, he went on to win the Brabazon Trophy in his first full amateur season. He represented the Britain and Ireland team in the 2013 Walker Cup before turning professional and his first tournament win in the paid ranks came on the Europro Tour at the PDC Open at Chart Hills in 2015.
Jordan then topped the Road to Oman Rankings on his first season on the Challenge Tour, sealing the number one spot with wins at the Ras Al Khaimah 2016 Golf Challenge and the 2016 Red Sea Egyptian Challenge.
Former SGS student Alistair Balcombe competed in The Open as an amateur in 2015, playing alongside the five-time Open Champion, Tom Watson at his final Major appearance. He graduated with a BTEC in Performance and Excellence in Sport and was a member of the SGS team that won the ICT Championship in 2014.
Former student Ben Armor, who graduated in 2013, won the Academy Championship in both years he attended SGS College. He went on to win the Carris Trophy and won all his individual matches while playing for the England Boys squad, before representing England Men’s A squad.
In 2016, SGS student Jake Bolton won the South-West Regionals and the England Schools Championships.
SGS have won many team competitions over the years and more recently won the Avon Schools Open in 2016.
Player inside World's Top 100 golfers
Current European Tour Players
Avon School Open Champions
PGA Qualified Coaches on Staff