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Royal Eastbourne



Mark Packard

Mark has been at Royal Eastbourne since his junior days and represented the club at all levels.  Mark turned professional in 2003 and was Head Assistant until taking over with Anthony in September 2018.

During his time here, Mark has coached all levels and taken juniors from beginners through to county standard.  Mark specialises in ladies coaching and runs a successful junior programme every Saturday morning.

Mark still plays to a high standard and for 2019 will be a Srixon ambassador.

Anthony Killik

After turning professional in 2004 following a successful amateur career, Anthony discovered a passion for coaching that has led him to Royal Eastbourne.  A firm believer that anyone can play golf, Anthony’s teaching style utilises the players natural abilities and works to enhance them rather than trying to change too much. Highly personable and approachable, Anthony is always happy to help, and his coaching style has become popular with members and visitors alike.

As well as being a class AA PGA professional, Anthony is also a certified putting instructor and has helped golfers of all levels improve their putting.

Anthony still plays (although not as much as he would like!) within Sussex to a high standard and is an official Lynx ambassador.

Nick Ward

Nick is a home-grown Royal Eastbourne member. Having picked up a club and started playing as soon as he could walk, he took to golf like a duck to water. With a handicap of +1, Nick has played in many elite events across the UK including the British Amateur Championship and English Amateur Championship along with many others.

Nick played 4 years of NCAA collegiate golf at Georgia Southwestern State University alongside gaining his BBA Management Degree; gaining a number of awards for both golf and academics along the way. Nick amassed 14 top 10 finishes while at University in the States, including a record low round of 63 (-9). 

NIck joined the Royal Eastbourne team in October 2018. His knowledge of the club and of the game of golf are enough to aid anyone who walks thought the door.

Nathan Heard

Nathan has worked in the golf industry since 2013, with his move to Royal Eastbourne taking place in June 2017. He was a late starter to the game of golf but Nathan is a quick learner and has recently begun his P.G.A training program.

Whilst working in the golf industry Nathan obtained a BA Honor’s Degree in golf management from Kingston University, this focused on finance, advertisement, teaching, and the ins and outs of a business in the golf industry. Nathan completed a dissertation entitled "How the rising average age of golfers is making the sport un-sustainable for the future". This is the very reason Nathan's ambition is to become a teaching professional, with high focus on junior development, Nathan believes he can help the next generation of golfer’s progress in the sport and encourage as many young people as possible to take up the game.

Ben Harmer

Ben is our custom fit specialist and is also a fully qualified PGA professional, overseaing custom fitting at our new state of the art performance centre.

Prior to working at Royal Eastbourne Ben was Assistant Professional at Seaford (Blatchington) Golf Club for 4 years and then moved onto another side of the industry and become a Sales Rep for PRG Golf & Evnroll putters for 3 years, where he gained vast amounts of experience in putter fitting and technology.

Ben is still an active golf coach and believes that the key to golfers of all levels improving is to keep the swing simple.

 Ben is still a highly competetive golfer and plays the majority of his competitive golf on the Sussex Professional Golfers Association where he is Captain for the 2020 season whilst also dabling in a handfull of PGA events, TP Tour events, and Open Qualifying.

 If you are looking for any advice or help in regards to equipment, then Ben is the person to ask.





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