Coaching at Sweetwoods

Gary Gilligan


Director of Golf | PGA Professional



Our PGA Professional, Gary Gilligan is based in our Pro Shop and offers coaching for golfers of all abilities.

Here’s his introduction:

My name is Gary Gilligan, I’m a PGA Professional based locally in Sevenoaks. I oversee the Golf Operations at Sweetwoods and am looking forward to helping Elliott complete his PGA training.

Since being attached to The Wildernesse Club for seven years while globetrotting on various Tours, I’ve been focused on my Academy and helping others enjoy the game that’s given me so much through the years. Over the coming months I’ll join a few roll ups, offer Individual coaching programs, host various group classes as well as help members with additional golfing support.

A bit about me…

Golf is in my veins. I was introduced to the game at the age of three by my father who is also a former Tour Pro and now teaching instructor based in-between Germany and Asia. I knew early on that Golf was going to be the sport I would virtually dedicate my life to. From coming up through the England Team ranks in my teens to playing on Tour since the age of 18. I’ve competed on various Tours around the world including the European Challenge Tour, Alps Tour, Asian Tours and South African Sunshine Tour. During summer months there are also PGA Pro Am’s which I regularly compete in around the south of England. I’ve been very lucky to play alongside some fantastic players including Paul Mcginley, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Rory Mcilroy.

Brief Coaching Philosophy

People play golf for many different reasons and attempting to coach everyone in the same way is simply not effective. Whatever your experience or ability, coaching players towards their own personal objectives and helping them enjoy themselves is my ultimate goal. I firmly believe in teaching the individual and getting to know their natural movements before looking at areas that need most improvement to reach their desired goals. I’ve been told I’m a passionate, clear and uncomplicated coach.

I will offer programs for every level of golfer, golf course playing assessments, short game sharpeners and for data enthusiasts, lessons dedicated to improving the length of their tee shots using the GC2 launch monitor either in the Studio or on the range. All my lessons include the use of Video analysis and players receive written post lesson notes on their swing after each session.

I’m thoroughly excited about the prospect of joining Sweetwoods Park and integrating into your club. If you see me lurking around the clubhouse or on the course, please do come and introduce yourself.

To contact me or book a golf lesson, please call me on 07813 564 701 or email me at