This month saw the arrival of a new face at Safaa Golf Club as Roger Yates joined the management team.
Roger is an experienced golf facility manager and PGA coach. He has earned an excellent reputation for his development of golfers and the game of golf through the programs he has introduced and supported in the UK, Ireland, Kenya and Nigeria.
His formative years in coaching were spent under the guidance of European Tour and Ryder Cup coach, Gavin Christie (who coached Mark James, Howard Clark, Ian Woosnam to name a few), which is where his passion for coaching was first ignited. His early years in Kenya and the UK, saw this passion develop into a recognisable talent for coaching and developing players of all abilities which still exists to this day.
Having moved full time into golf facility management in Ireland, Roger continued to work with and assist a number of Irish International golfers, and more recently two Curtis Cup players, Maria Dunne and Meghan MacLaren to achieve success in both national and international events.
He is a committed believer in the delivery of the best membership experience to all golfers and he hopes that this will become a shared experience for members of the KAUST community who may not yet be too familiar with the benefits that playing golf might add to any lifestyle.
His experience both in a coaching and management will further enhance the golfing experience at Safaa Golf Club, whilst helping to take our coaching levels to new heights.
Roger is excited by the challenge that Safaa Golf Club offers him, and we look forward to seeing the contribution he will undoubtedly make to life at KAUST.