Meet the Team

Meet Gold Creek Golf Academy's professional golf instructors below


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Brendan Higgins

Director of Instruction and Club Fitting

Brendan completed his PGA Traineeship in 2019 at Royal Canberra Golf Club under the guidance of Craig Smith while also spending time at Federal Golf Club during his traineeship.

Brendan has a background in health and is a Registered Nurse. He has spent many years working in various Emergency Departments around the country and was fortunate enough to have played and experience different golf courses throughout Australia.

Brendan has recently returned to Canberra from living overseas where he enjoyed coaching all levels of golfers. During this time, Brendan’s focus was on bringing enjoyment to the game of golf and ensuring everyone, no matter their level or ability, found enjoyment in their game and the game of golf.

Brendan’s coaching style reflects his philosophy where golf is a game of patience, understanding and enjoyment.

Brendan Higgins

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Director of Inctruction & Club Fitting

Brendan completed his PGA Traineeship in 2019 at Royal Canberra Golf Club under the guidance of Craig Smith while also spending time at Federal Golf Club during his traineeship.

Brendan has a background in health and is a Registered Nurse. He has spent many years working in various Emergency Departments around the country and was fortunate enough to have played and experience different golf courses throughout Australia.

Brendan has recently returned to Canberra from living overseas where he enjoyed coaching all levels of golfers. During this time, Brendan’s focus was on bringing enjoyment to the game of golf and ensuring everyone, no matter their level or ability, found enjoyment in their game and the game of golf.

Brendan’s coaching style reflects his philosophy where golf is a game of patience, understanding and enjoyment.


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Joel Shields

PGA Instructor

Joel is a current PGA Associate undertaking his PGA Membership Pathway Program under the watchful eye of Craig Smith at the Gold Creek Country Club. Joel began his golfing career in the small town of Young NSW before transitioning to Sydney where he played division 1 pennants for Mona Vale Golf Club. 

This led Joel to Completing a two-year program at the Australian College of Sport (golf program) run successfully from the Bonnie Doon Golf Club.  

Joel has competed both domestically and internationally and developed a fantastic understanding of the game of golf and ways in which to further develop players and their needs. 

Joel looks to create a positive impact on the Gold Creek Golf Academy, whilst providing a fun enjoyable experience for all members and guests.  He has a passion for providing excellent assistance and knowledge as well as encouraging junior development into the future. 

Joel’s love for the game helps drives his ability and knowledge to further develop his understanding of the golf swing to help all levels of golfers. He looks forward to helping you on your golfing journey. 

ACCREDITATIONS: 

  • - Community Coach Accredited  
  • - All Abilities Accredited  
  • - Titleist Fitting Accredited  
  • - Diploma of Sport Development 

 

Joel Shields

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PGA Instructor

Joel is a current PGA Associate undertaking his PGA Membership Pathway Program under the watchful eye of Craig Smith at the Gold Creek Country Club. Joel began his golfing career in the small town of Young NSW before transitioning to Sydney where he played division 1 pennants for Mona Vale Golf Club. 

This led Joel to Completing a two-year program at the Australian College of Sport (golf program) run successfully from the Bonnie Doon Golf Club.  

Joel has competed both domestically and internationally and developed a fantastic understanding of the game of golf and ways in which to further develop players and their needs. 

Joel looks to create a positive impact on the Gold Creek Golf Academy, whilst providing a fun enjoyable experience for all members and guests.  He has a passion for providing excellent assistance and knowledge as well as encouraging junior development into the future. 

Joel’s love for the game helps drive his ability and knowledge to further develop his understanding of the golf swing to help all levels of golfers. He looks forward to helping you on your golfing journey. 

 

ACCREDITATIONS: 

  • - Community Coach Accredited  
  • - All Abilities Accredited  
  • - Titleist Fitting Accredited  
  • - Diploma of Sport Development 

 

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Robbie Taylor

PGA Instructor

Robbie is a 4rd Year PGA Associate. He is a passionate golfer and enjoys everything this great game has to offer, especially inspiring the same passion in others to play their best golf.  

Robbie’s coaching philosophy is focused on simplicity and efficiency. He looks to work with a student’s natural swing movements with the goal of making these as efficient as possible.

He is excited to be a part of the Academy and is looking forward to assisting golfers in improving and enjoying their game.

Robbie Taylor

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PGA Instructor

Robert was introduced to the game of golf at age 11, as a junior member at Belconnen Golf Club. Whilst attending St Edmund’s College, Robert would spend his weekends either on the cricket field representing St Edmund’s College or on the golf course playing pennant for Belconnen or
practicing.

In 2014, he moved from Belconnen and joined as a junior member at Gold Creek Country Club. Shortly afterwards, he began working as a Golf Operations assistant whilst completing Year 12 and kept up his golf and working at Gold Creek while at University.

In 2019, he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from ANU, a degree that he is keen to combine with his passion for golf.

Robert is passionate about growing the game, with a particular interest in working with junior golfers and getting youngsters involved at school level. While attending St Edmund’s College Robert also coached some junior cricket teams for the school as well as having a leadership role in his school House. These experiences have enabled him to develop a positive way of coaching and interacting with juniors.

Robert’s ultimate goal is to undertake and complete a PGA traineeship and improve his skill base as a coach and player.

He is extremely excited to be a part of the Gold Creek Golf Academy and introduce golf to the next generation.

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Craig Cox

PGA Instructor

I have been coaching golf since 2015 and has become my passion after working previously in automotive finance where one of my roles was sales-based training.

My philosophy of the golf swing is that there are numerous ways the golf club can be swung. It is my role to find the way that is most efficient for the individual. No two people are the same, so why should their golf swings be!

I like to use conversation during my sessions and avoid golf jargon which can lead to confusion and misinterpretation when the client plays golf or practices on their own.

I attain a real sense of satisfaction working with all levels of golfers. This may vary from people new to golf, players wanting to lower their handicaps or chasing elite performance. Together we can set achievable targets and work towards them.

The real enjoyment in golf is challenging yourself to be the best that you can be.

Certifications

  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Instructor – Level 1
  • BodiTrak Certification – Level 1
  • Focus Band Accreditation

Craig Cox

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PGA Instructor

I have been coaching golf since 2015 and has become my passion after working previously in automotive finance where one of my roles was sales-based training.

My philosophy of the golf swing is that there are numerous ways the golf club can be swung. It is my role to find the way that is most efficient for the individual. No two people are the same, so why should their golf swings be!

I like to use conversation during my sessions and avoid golf jargon which can lead to confusion and misinterpretation when the client plays golf or practices on their own.

I attain a real sense of satisfaction working with all levels of golfers. This may vary from people new to golf, players wanting to lower their handicaps or chasing elite performance. Together we can set achievable targets and work towards them.

The real enjoyment in golf is challenging yourself to be the best that you can be.

Certifications

  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Instructor – Level 1
  • BodiTrak Certification – Level 1
  • Focus Band Accreditation