Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club

Tim Cowley

Head PGA Professional

Head Professional Tim Cowley is a PGA Professional and TGI Golf partner. Having previously served the club as Assistant Professional since July 2008, Tim took over the running of the shop in August 2013.

Tim and his team pride themselves on their excellent customer service, providing a warm welcome to the club and a superb selection of products in their shop, making it one of the best Professional Shops in the county.

Tim has experience of teaching golfers of all abilities from beginners to tour professionals. His coaching success comes from finding out exactly what the individual is looking to achieve from their game and tailoring a teaching style to best suite their demands.

An active member within the PGA South Region, Tim hosts the Sussex PGA Championships played over the Royal Ashdown Old and West Courses every August.

Jonny Ingram 

Head Assistant
PGA Professional

Jonny joined the team in 2015 and has had a passion for playing the game since the age of 11. Every year he will compete through a full playing schedule and 2018 saw him win both Sussex Professional Championships.

Jonny also represented Sussex from the age of 14 through to men’s level before turning professional in 2013. Jonny still revels in his 5&4 victory over Tim when they played in a U-14 Sussex match at Eastbourne Downs in 2003.

With the amount of playing experience he has, he prides himself on his ability to simplify his coaching and help his players learn to score. Jonny has a passion for teaching short game and if you’re looking for lower scores and build confidence around the greens then Jonny could be the one for you.

Matthew Kirby

PGA Professional

Matthew started his golfing journey as a junior artisan at Piltdown Golf Club, quickly achieving a low enough handicap to allow him access to the career path of training as a PGA Professional. This apprenticeship was served under the excellent tutelage of Martyn 
Landsborough here at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. After many happy years Matthew moved to West Sussex Golf Club to further his golfing knowledge and  expertise while working as Head Assistant at a first class venue.

Another happy six years passed focussing on coaching and retail; two passionate strings to his bow. These finely tuned skills aided an extremely successful 15-year career at Bognor Regis Golf Club as the Head Professional, also combining the responsibility of Club Manager for an interim period. 

Fortunately for us here in the Pro Shop, Matthew returned to the area and rejoined the team in December 2021. We are  delighted to bring his experience and enthusiasm to Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club and to welcome him as part of our professional team. He looks forward to meeting old friends and building new successful relationships with Members and visitors alike.


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