meet-the-pro-danielDaniel Parkes, Academy Director

  • PGA AA Qualified Professional with 8 Years Experience
  • Nottinghamshire Golf County Coach
  • Nottinghamshire County Girls Coach
  • TPI Certified Golf Fitness Coach
  • Golf Roots Bonnolack National Award Winner
  • Guinness World Record Holder
  • Studying PGA Level 3 Qualification

After starting his PGA career as an assistant at Chilwell Manor Golf Club, he quickly took a keen interest in golf coaching and player development especially in Junior Golf.  Recently Dan was awarded the Bonnalock award from the Golf Foundation for his part in developing golf within the Rushcliffe sports partnership, which he was honoured to accept at the 2013 BMW championship at Wentworth Golf Club. Dan has a simple and clear approach to his coaching style identifying the needs of the client to maximize their own personal performance. He regularly attends a variety of CPD courses to be constantly improving his knowledge in every area of golf from fitness and nutrition to golfing psychology and swing philosophies. This has helped him achieve his PGA AA status. Daniel has been at The Nottinghamshire since summer 2014 and has built upon his hugely successful reputation in a very short period of time.


meet-the-pro-damonDamon Wood, PGA Professional

  • PGA Qualified Teaching Professional
  • University of Central Lancashire BA (Hons) Golf Management
  • University of Birmingham Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Professional Golf
  • Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • STA Golf Coach

Damon has been an active member of The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club for over 13 years, developing his golf as a junior member and winning the club championship in 2007. He joined the Professional Shop team in 2005 and with a solid education in Golf Management Damon is a valued team member who continually builds on his all round golfing knowledge.  Alongside Daniel, Damon has taken an active role in the Academy coaching a wide variety of golfers as well as focussing on increasing participation amongst lady golfers and encouraging the next generation of Rory McIlroy’s!  Damon has fully embraced our new GC2 smart camera system, becoming a specialist in the custom fitting of clubs, utilising his broad knowledge of the latest technology.  We are proud to have Damon representing The Nottinghamshire in all regional and professional events across the Midlands with his skills and knowledge shining through in his own game.


Will Davies, PGA ProfessionalWill D

  • PGA Assistant Professional, Year 2 Trainee
  • Level 2 Coach
  • Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding & Protecting Children

Will is a valid member of our teaching staff working with players of all abilities including low handicappers.  Alongside our team of Professionals,  Will also takes an active role in our Academy initiatives taking Tri Golf out to the community and local schools to enroll the next generation on the Get Into Golf Scheme.  Will joined the team at The Nottinghamshire in May 2014 after turning Pro in 2012 off a handicap of +1.  An experienced amateur Will honed his game at Hollinwell Golf Club for over 10 years winning numerous competitions at club, county and country level before moving to Melton Mowbray Golf Club to begin his PGA training.  Enjoying his amateur status Will is dedicated to representing The Nottingham in a number of regional and county events as well as developing his own game on the national circuit keeping up his winning ways as he continues his progression through the PGA diploma.


Adam Woolley, PGA Professional

  • PGA Professional, Year 2 training
  • Level 1 Coach
  • Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding and protecting children

I started at the Nottinghamshire in October 2015 and have enjoyed my time here the last year. I will soon be starting my year 2 training with the PGA. I have taken an active role both in the proshop but also with the Academy where I have numerous Adult and junior pathway classes which is a great way to get into golf. Furthermore I take individual lessons where I have built up some great clients and friendships where I hope to improve their game and knowledge, giving them progress plans and feedback at the end of each lesson.

Before starting here I was at Newark Golf Club for 10 years where I played a lot amateur golf. I won the club championships 2 years also I played for the scratch team where we managed to win the 1st division in Nottinghamshire. Furthermore I had a role in the county team and county and midland events throughout my amateur career.

I also spent 2 years of my time in America on a golfing scholarship. This was a great experience where I gained some amazing friendships for life but also learnt a lot about myself. We practised every day and travelled all over USA to numerous states to play competitive golf.

I hope to gain more knowledge and experience working with the team here at The Nottinghamshire but also from the PGA programme. I am looking forward to representing the Nottinghamshire in the county, regional and national events and hopefully gain some wins in the near future to go along with some good results this year at county level.