Based at The River Club Driving Range in Observatory, Cape Town the Southern African Golf Institute is dedicated to providing both private tuition as well as a host of other options from Group coaching, Golf Event management, Junior and Ladies programs to a Full time coaching program. The Institute also offers a Golf Diploma package which is accredited by PGA SA.

Coaches are PGA qualified and trained by our Golf Director, internationally renowned coach Grant Hepburn ( Grant has trained coaches around the world and is vastly experienced at passing on his knowledge in a way that allows coaches to have a thorough understanding of how to help golfers improve quickly and effectively.


Our coaching philosophy centers around finding individual solutions to each golfer’s faults. Our coaches understand “cause and effect” of poor technique and are able to provide simple advice that produces the best results. We utilize cameras and computer equipment as well as some unique teaching aids to make the process of learning more visual and a lot easier.

Our coaches will evaluate any aspect of your game that you would like to improve. We are experts in the full swing as well as short game skills. All our coaches provide a high level of golf instruction to ensure to player understands the changes and is able to apply them.

Ideally one should book at least an hour with a coach in order to video one’s swing and discuss the problem areas and solutions, although we do offer half hour time slots. The coach will help you to make positive changes through the use of specific drills as well as unique teaching aids that will help you to understand and feel the correct movement.

All Golf Lessons are given at The River Club Driving Range, Observatory, Cape Town. Playing lessons can be provided at numerous Golf Courses around Cape Town and the Peninsula.

To book a lesson email: or call +27 21 3000 140


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The River Club Driving range and Conference Centre Cape Town is an ideal facility to improve your golf game. We have extensive under cover hitting areas providing shelter from rain and wind. The facility boasts ample grass hitting bays as well as short game areas where it is possible to practice putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play.

There is also a 9 hole mashie golf course on site which is ideal for practicing everything from mid iron play to shot making skills and improving your scoring ability. The facility has full conference facilities and a fully licensed restaurant, Slug and Lettuce, is on site providing refreshments and tasty meals.

Other offering’s at the facility include: Hole in One platform, Children’s play area (River Rascal’s) and a VIP meeting room where business people can combine business and recreation in a private environment.


Starting from 5 years and older our aim at the Institute is to provide a fun and informative learning environment for juniors, which is essential in the learning experience. Our junior programs all ensure that the player has a good understanding of rules, etiquette, scoring and course management whilst improving their swing.

We welcome all level of junior whether they are just beginning or out there playing and want to improve or play more events. All our coaches are experienced in providing every level of Junior with the knowledge and skill to perform at any level. The academy has various tiers to the Junior school which ensures all level and age of player is accommodated and creates a desire for improvement from beginner to elite. Programs on offer during the term:

Snag Golf – Just starting out. Age -5-9 years

SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. The game has its own simplified rules and terminology that adds fun to the learning and playing experience. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG® allows for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting.

SNAG® is also a training program for beginners’ fun. It’s a comprehensive system that has been developed through years of research and field experience. The key is in simplifying the instruction so that it can be an effective transition into the game of golf. Sessions run on a Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm – 3pm and Registration is Essential.

Learning to Play – 1 hour per week.

Classes are made up of 6-10 kids with each class supervised and coached by a PGA Professional. Our aim is to provide a Play element to learning the game which will encourage muscle memory as well as add a FUN element to every session. There are different levels for each child so that there is always a target and goal to aim for.

This will ensure we provide a future plan for each child and hopefully start nurturing our future stars. The Learn to play section includes the following Key Golfing components, Grip, Stance, Balance, Swing, Scoring, Etiquette along with covering the various aspects of the game.

We also introduce mental skill using imagery and confident behavior

VISIT – for more info
CALL – 021 3000 140

Other Kids products on offer

  • Junior holiday Golf Camps AND Golf competitions
  • Birthday Parties
  • Group or shared lessons
  • Individual lesson
  • Playing lessons
  • Player Management and supervision
  • Junior holiday Golf Camps AND Golf competitions
  • Tournament Supervision and Chaperon Service


We have various products on offer for Women golfers and provide coaching for all skill levels, from beginners who are just learning the basics of the swing along with rules and etiquette, to low-handicappers looking to increase driving distance and improve their short game.

The ladies programs include group lessons, individual lessons and competition days. All lessons cover etiquette and rules. One of our aims is to increase the level of players and standards on the golf courses around the country.

Visit our new Ladies Golf Cape Town Facebook Page for various events and to network with other Ladies in Cape Town.


Full Time Golf – Become a Champion

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The institute offers a Full-Time coaching program to players wanting to either become top amateurs or to prepare them for tour school. Players receive regular lessons with Grant Hepburn who has 20 years of international coaching experience. The program includes the following:

Supervised practice sessions with experts every day
Unlimited access to video analysis
Weekly playing lessons
Membership at a golf club
Membership at River Club practice facility
If you love golf this program is for you. Please contact us for more information on this program:

PGA Diploma – Level 5 Diploma in Professional Golf Training

We offer a 3 year PGA diploma that is internationally recognised. This program is specifically for people that would like to make golf a career. Students will be coached on a daily basis and will be overseen by our world renowned Director of Golf, Grant Hepburn and his team on an individual and group basis.

Our Education partner, ETA College provides the education support and accreditation. Amateurs retain their amateur status during the course of their studies. This ensures that you can still compete for your province or country before turning professional.

Our world class coaches and experts in sports psychology, golf fitness and life skills will prepare you for a playing career in the professional ranks.

For those that fall short of the skills required to make it as a tour playing professional the PGA subjects will prepare and qualify you for a career in the golf industry. The PGA of SA is affiliated to the PGA’s of Europe and the PGA qualification is recognised in over 40 countries worldwide.

Career paths include:

  • Green Keeping
  • Golf Club Management
  • Golf Events Co-ordinator
  • Coaching
  • Retail
  • Golf Tourism
  • Golf Course Architect
  • Golf Consultant
  • Tournament Official

Golf Events

Our staff has coached at high profile events all over the world. Some of these events include high profile annual outings such as the Dunhill Links European Tour Event in Scotland, The Dimension Data Sunshine Tour event in South Africa and Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Challenge event in the Bahamas as well as the Laureus World Sports Awards.

We also have years of experience in setting up and managing golf events for all group sizes. Examples of this include Protea Chemicals (Golf day Dezalze & Durbanville), FNB, Nedbank, and Old Mutual (Clinic & Mashie Golf), BWA (Business Women’s Association) (Clinics), Nashua Mobile (Clinic), Golf Digest (Clinics), Compleat Golfer (Clinics), Cloud9 (Clinics & Golf Days).

We can also conceptualise and tailor make events especially to suit your company’s individual needs. So whether you need coaching at a corporate event or you need help in setting up and managing an event we can provide the service. Contact us if you require a touch of professional advice and expertise.

Some of the products on offer include:

  • Learn and Play in one day – Quick fire lesson followed by 9 holes of golf on the River Club Mashie Course
  • Skills training – 6 Week Learn to play program catering for all group sizes (4-40 persons)
  • Golf Event Management


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