Our golf school, driving range and friendly staff welcomes everyone in Phuket to stop in and visit our convenient location. We are located one minute from Laguna and 3 minutes from the Banyon Tree Golf Resort Phuket. We are open to the public 7 days a week and offer an excellent practice facility with sun and rain covered hitting stalls, top quality range balls and the top ranked golf school in Phuket.
Golfers from all over the world as well as local residents come to practice and improve their golf game at our facility and take advantage of learning from one of the best golf instructors in all of Asia, Martin Platts.
Whether you are just starting the game, trying to obtain your European Golf Proficiency Certificate, aspiring to play professionally, or just want a golf professional to evaluate your swing, the Golf Guru, Martin Platts, is the perfect person to see and his facility is a great place to train and practice while you enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of Phuket.
The origins of footgolf are uncertain. A game with similar rules, codeball, attained brief popularity in the United States during the late 1920s and 1930s. Swiss players has been practicing a variation of the game since late 1980s and the Scandinavian countries starting playing the game under different names and rules in the 1990s. A roughly similar game to Footgolf was introduced in Spain in 2008 by a company founded by Juan Manuel Asensi, an ex-footballer who had played with F.C Barcelona. Michael Jansen, creator of the Footgolf uniform, basic rules and organiser of the first tournament played the way the sport is played today around the world, officially launched FootGolf in the Netherlands in 2008. He learned of the sport from Dutch footballer Willem Korsten, who recalled playing a similar game during his time with British club Tottenham Hotspur between 1999 and 2001, who would end training sessions by kicking the ball from the pitch back to the changing rooms in as short a time as possible.
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The director of the Golf Guru International Golf Academy is Martin Platts (British) P.G.A.
Martin has been involved in competitive golf for 40 years, 30 as a professional. His reputation as one of the best golf instructors in Asia results from a complete understanding of the technical aspects of a proper golf swing and his unique ability to communicate that information to all his students in the most useful and efficient method possible. His students see immediate and long-term improvement in all aspects of their game. Martin has coached players of all levels from beginners to Ryder Cup tour professionals.
Prior to relocating to Asia, Martin was a British golf professional for 30 years. He was Director of Golf at Kingswood Golf Club, Surrey, England (venue and host of the Ladies European Open and Big Corporate Company Days) and also the Club Professional at Reigate Hill Golf Club Surrey, England.
Martin has played in exhibition matches with David Gilford and Andrew Murray (both European Open winners) and has also had the honor of golfing with The Duke of York, Prince Andrew on a number of occasions.
Martin has coached and taught golf in Phuket for the last 8 years, 5 years as the Teaching Professional at renowned Blue Canyon Country Club and the last 3 years as Director of The Golf Guru Academy and head Teaching Professional at the Phuket Driving Range.
Martin specializes in helping golfers of all ages, from beginners to tour professionals, develop proven fundamentals of the golf swing that will improve their games and lower their scores.
Martin’s coaching success in Phuket and throughout Asia speaks for it’s self with numerous players he has coached competing is some of the region’s most prestigious tournaments.
If you are considering a vacation to Asia that includes golfing, consider the idyllic island of Phuket and pay a visit to The Golf Guru. As Martin says, “give me 5 days and I will give you fun for a life time.”