Students studying at the PGA International Golf Institute, receive golf course access membership to Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club – The Palms Course, as part of the study. Reopened in April 2011, The Palms Golf Course was redesigned by renowned golf course architect Ross Watson. The Palms has been designed to suit a variety of playing conditions and a diverse range of players. Nestled within century old Cabbage Palms, The Palms Golf Course offers a course management test for the player’s game, with waterways, bunker hazards and contoured greens creating a true test for the golfer.
Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club also offers golfers access to practice and fitness facilities for PGA IGI golfers. The Palms Driving Range, practice putting and chipping greens compliment The Palms Golf Course, allowing students to put their practice to hard work before hitting the golf course.
Aaron Muirhead is currently General Manager Nudgee Golf Club, President of Golf Management Australia – QLD Division and Director on the board of Golf Management Australia. A dedicated and passionate Active Certified Club Manager (ACCM). Aaron was previously General Manager at Redland Bay and Carbrook Golf Clubs and was awarded QLD PGA Manager of the Year in 2011. Aaron delivers lectures on both Golf Management and Golf Operations subject areas.
Ross Cooper currently National Sales Manager for Key Return International has extensive experience in management and sales consultancy, previously working with Mercedes Benz Australia and as National Sales Manager for Golf World. Ross lectures across a number of areas including Golf shop merchandising and marketing, golf retail operations, customer sales and providing quality customer service. Ross’s dynamic presentation style creates a interactive and positive learning environment.
Paul McLean has recently been appointed to the role of Sanctuary Cove Golf Course Superintendent. Previously Territory Manager for Nuturf and prior to this was RACV Royal Pines Golf Course Superintendent. Paul has notched up 25 years as a turf manager. Paul has also recently been appointed as a board member of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) responsible for Education and Events. Paul shares his vast experience and knowledge lecturing in best practice environmental and sustainable golf course maintenance policy and procedures.
Broc Greenhalgh is the State Manager of the PGA Australia (QLD Division) and is also a PGA Professional. After moving from Western Australia in 2001, he completed his PGA Traineeship at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club. Now with experience as both a teaching and tournament professional, as well as a Tournament Coordinator for the QLD PGA, Broc shares his experience and knowledge over a range of topics including event sponsorship, tournament operations and maintaining sponsorship relationships.
Mike Orloff, Certified PGA Member Advanced in Management, is an Operations and Marketing Specialist at Golf Industry Central, consulting to Golf Queensland, Gary Player Design and Iseekgolf.com. Mike, a specialist providing golf operations and marketing solutions for all levels of golf facilities and businesses has also had previous club management experience with ClubCorp and American Golf. Mike lectures in Golf Course Planning and Development and Golf Management subjects.
Cameron O’Hara is currently the Manager of the Aus.PGA Championship, PGA of Australia. Having worked for the PGA of Australia for three years, Cameron has fulfilled the roles of State Mgr WA/NT and PGA Championship BDM prior to his current position. A former graduate of the PGA IGI program and Griffith University (B.Bus), Cameron was previously the CEO of Netball Queensland and the Queensland Firebirds and is a member of the Australian Institute of Manager (FAIM). Cameron delivers lectures on Event Tourism and Event Commercial subject areas.
Justin Maker is currently the Tournament Coordinator PGA of Australia Qld Division. Justin’s role is primarily coordinating and executing Pro-Am tournaments on the Sunshine swing, though also assists as a rules official at various PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments. A former tournament member of the Australian PGA, Justin’s passion is now about providing pathways for the next generations of professionals, while also promoting the game of golf to all parts golfing world.
Dean Rattle is currently the Member Services Manager for On Course Golf, Australia’s largest golf buying group. With over 15 years golf management experience, Dean specializes in visual merchandising, employment and career advice, business-planning and contract tendering. A keen golfer, Dean has a Masters in Sports Business together with post graduate tertiary qualifications in recreation, sports turf management and lifesaving.
David Ireland is the Senior Golf Course Architect with Graham Marsh Golf Design. Working with Graham Marsh, M.B.E and life PGA member, David has designed over 50 courses in Australia, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Morocco, Spain, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Thailand and USA. David shares his vast international experience and knowledge in golf course architecture covering topics such as sustainable golf design, planning, tendering and construction.
Mark Gibson has been a member of the PGA of Australia since 1980. He is a Certified PGA of Australia Member (Advanced—Coaching) and was awarded the PGA Queensland Teacher of the Year 1999, 2002 and 2006 (Joint winner). In 1999 & 2002, Mark was awarded the prestigious Australian Teacher of the Year award.
Mark grew up on the Gold Coast, with golf playing a major part in his life. In 2010, Mark was elected as the chairman of the PGA of Australia. He has been quoted as saying there is no better sight than the smile of a struggling player hitting that super shot. This philosophy has under pinned Mark’s coaching career from those just starting out to the Elite Professionals.
Mark has a new golf academy with all the latest technologies, conveniently located at RACV Royal Pines Resort, home of the Australian PGA Championships. Mark is assisted by teaching professional Loic Truet, who together provide students with multiple years of PGA experience in playing, coaching and industry knowledge.
Sanctuary Cove’s Head Teaching Professional Michael Jones is a product of a more modern day approach to Golf teaching and has achieved remarkable results with many of his students. Michael has students of all levels, from beginners to Tour Professionals. Michael coaches professionals Matthew Millar and Brad Kennedy, a time winner on the Japan Tour. Michael’s teaching philosophy is to treat all students as individuals therefore not one swing method for all students.
As a Certified PGA of Australia Member (Advanced—Coaching), Michael Jones has all the attributes to assist members, juniors or Touring professional. Michael has a strong background in fitness and athlete training, and also provides gym training sessions for golfer for our IGI Gold Coast Campus student.
Since 1993, Michael Jones has spent many years playing on various professional tours and coaching around the world. This international experience has seen Michael become fluent in the Japanese Language.
ANK Golf has academies located around the world, in Australia, Korea & Thailand. In Australia, ANK Golf Academy is based at the Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club (Palms Course). Chris is an alumni and success story of the PGA IGI /Griffith University program and pathway (Graduated 2003).
Becoming a full vocational member of the PGA of Australia in 2008, Chris has worked with many elite players including professionals and amateurs. He specialises in high performance coaching, teaching athletes of all ages, often taking them from beginner to elite players in very short periods of time Chris is familiar with the challenges of international study. His personal experience in overcoming the difficulties of studying whilst at Griffith University and playing as a PGA trainee in a new culture with English as a second language will benefit the IGI international and domestic students alike.
Chris is fluent in the English and Korean languages. Supporting Injun ‘Chris’ Lee at ANK Golf Academy is a team of technical and coaching experts, with the core coaches for the PGA IGI being Injun ‘Chris’ Lee, with the support of Ian Triggs and Darren Weatherall.
Jamie Brew is your PGA IGI Golf Programs Manager, and your point of call for all things golf during your time studying with the PGA international Golf Institute. As a Certified PGA of Australia Member (Advanced—Coaching), Jamie has been a full vocational member of the PGA of Australia since 1996. With over 15 years experience as Head Professional at Inverell and Burleigh Golf Clubs, Jamie has been involved in coaching golfers of all levels, from beginners to elite amateurs.
During your time with PGA IGI, Jamie will conduct a number of regular sessions, including mentoring, golf workshops and Trackman Testing, all aimed at improving the students success on and off the golf course.
Students studying with the PGA International Golf Institute are responsible for sourcing their own accommodation whilst studying at our Gold Coast Campus. There are many easy to access suburbs on the Gold Coast, all within suitable distance between the PGA IGI Campus at Sanctuary Cove, and Griffith University at Southport.
There is an abundance of rental opportunities on the Gold Coast, in either shared apartments or fully furnished units. Rooms are available for rent in shared apartments and houses from $160 per week and above, higher for fully furnished properties. You can choose an area and region of the Gold Coast to best suit your budget and Gold Coast living experience.
Homestay is an accommodation option undertaken by some International Students. This provides you with the opportunity to live with Australian families, and can be a wonderful opportunity to experiencing life living with an Australian family. Some Homestay do provide transport options with their stays. Our Homestay is provided by Study in Australia or through Griffith University.
Disclaimer: The Homestay provider referred to above is not owned or operated by the PGA IGI. They are provided for your convenience only. Any arrangements, financial or otherwise, are strictly between you and the Homestay provider. If you are unhappy with your Homestay family, please notify the PGA IGI office immediately.
Student Built Accommodation
There are 4 student built accommodation complexes close to Griffith University at Southport, about a 20-minute drive by car from Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club. These are privately owned and operated, occupied by a diverse range of students studying at Griffith University.
Students are responsible for providing their own transport to and from classes, along with to golf training sessions and competitions. The PGA IGI does not offer transport services as part of their study fees. We recommend the easiest way to access the Gold Coast Campus is by student’s own transport of a car, whilst studying with the PGA IGI.
Transport options whilst studying at the Gold Coast Campus are:
- Private Car – Most recommended option for students. Allows students the best access to multiple facilities used by the PGA IGI during their study
- Car Pool – Share cost with another PGA IGI Student
- Homestay – Some homestay providers offer transport services
- Public Transport – Gold Coast offers multiple public transport options with buses and the new light-rail system. However, public transport to golf course facilities is limited and with early tee time starts, can be unsuitable for some students
- Taxi – Suitable only if living close by to Gold Coast Campus and its facilities.
The PGA IGI can also arrange airport transfers and pick-ups for new students arriving to Australia (additional cost). Ask the PGA IGI team about an airport transfer and pick up during your enrolment process.
Griffith University (CRICOS Provider – 00233E) is regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University has grown to be a large multi-campus institution. With five campus locations between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, it is home to more than 43,000 students from 131 countries. With its internationally recognised strengths in teaching and research, Griffith University is the ninth largest higher education provider in Australia.
PGA IGI students articulating to study a Bachelor Degree with Griffith University, on most occasions choose to study at the Gold Coast Campus. Students can however choose to study at any of Griffith University’s 5 campus locations, should the articulated Bachelor Degree be offered at those campus locations.
Three Bachelor Degrees are offered to PGA IGI Students through articulation pathways with Griffith University, where by students receive up to one year equivalent credit (up to 80 CP) into the following articulated degrees:
- Bachelor of Business (majoring in Sport Management)
- Bachelor of Business (majoring in Event Management)
- Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management