Matt Dent - Head Professional

Blackwood Pro Shop

Matt has been a PGA Member since 1986, completing his traineeship under Tony Giles at Mt Osmond Golf Course. Following this, and with the experience of many years of successfully playing events, Matt secured his first Head Professional position at Mt Lofty Golf Club in 1993. After nearly 10 years at Mt Lofty, Matt moved to Blackwood Golf Club. Matt is currently in his 15th year at Blackwood Golf Club and is now the club’s longest serving golf Professional. The Club is looking forward to Matt spending many more years at Blackwood.

In recognition of his dedicated professionalism, Matt was awarded the 2011 SA PGA Professional of the Year award. In 2011, Matt was named in Golf Digest as one of Australia’s top 50 Golf Coaches.

At a state level, Matt has been involved as a Committee member of the South Australian Professionals Golfers’ Association Committee for 17 years. 4 of those years have been spent as the South Australian Chairman. In addition, as a member of the Australian PGA National Vocation Board, Matt has been on the National Board of On Course Golf, Australia’s largest golf group for 8 years.

Charities

Matt’s special area of interest is supporting charities and raising funds through golf days. “One of my proudest achievements in the golf industry is raising over $150,000 for CANTEEN (a charitable organisation supporting young people living with cancer) by running my annual charity golf days. Many thanks to all our great sponsors, who have supported the days on a regular basis. Many thanks also to the golfers who have participated. These days would not be a success without either the enthusiasm of the players, or the generosity of sponsors.”

The Pro Shop

The Pro shop is very much an integral part of the Blackwood Golf Club. It carries a wide range of equipment and accessories. Matt is proud to cater for the individual needs of all players, regardless of golfing level or age. Matt has the expertise and passion to professionally fit players with the correct equipment. With state of the art Foresight Launch Monitor, Matt can fit players with a custom set. This eliminates the guess work out of buying clubs and is all part of the personal professional service provided by Matt.

The pro shop currently stocks all major brands, including Callaway, Ping, Cobra and PGF fitting carts to assist with club fitting. As part of Australia’s largest golf group, the Pro Shop has massive buying power, so can normally match or beat the price from so-called discount shops. Players can be confident that any item from the Blackwood Pro Shop is not only competitively priced, but also exactly matched to his/her individual needs.

Coaching

One of Matt’s core focuses is coaching. His aim is to assist players who wish to refine and improve their game in the best possible way. As well as group tuition in clinics, Matt offers individual coaching with video analysis, for ladies, men and juniors. Matt can tailor sessions to individual or group needs.

Staff

Troy Lane

Teaching Professional
Troy Lane is 5 times SA Teacher of the Year and works for Matt as the Teaching Professional. Troy has a wealth of expertise and experience. His knowledge of the game in general and the golf swing in particular, is extensive. He has instructed many fine Tour Professionals, Troy’s friendly manner and genial demeanor has assisted many players to improve their strokes and therefore their overall game.

Henry Clough

2nd Year Trainee Professional
Henry is currently in his second year as a Trainee Professional in order to become a full PGA member. Henry’s knowledge of golf and his love of the game makes him a valuable member of the team supporting Matt. Henry is also available to give lessons. He currently runs the Club’s very successful Junior Program, making learning the game lots of fun for new young golfers.

Harrison Wood

Shop Assistant
Harrison is the Club’s part time shop assistant. He is a member of Blackwood Golf Club and a very competent A Grade golfer. Harrison is happy to assist players with any needs connected to the Pro Shop.

Driving Range & Practice Facilities

The driving range and practice facilities at Blackwood Golf Club are by far the best outside the metro area. A Grade Callaway range balls are used, thanks to the range sponsor Zybek Consulting and Management. The club has 2 driving areas; one for the mid to short game and one for the long game. The Club also has 2 short game areas and 2 putting greens. The practice facilities are available to all members and the public 7 days a week.

Opening Hours

Saturday
  • 6:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
  • 6:30am - 5:30pm
Monday
  • 7:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday
  • 7:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday
  • 7:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday
  • 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday
  • 7:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Us

Email

blackwood@oncoursegolf.com.au

Phone

08 8388 2250

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