Scottish Golf PGA Coach

In March 2016, David was awarded with the Scottish Golf PGA Coach of the year Award.


Club Junior Coaching Programme

The Nairn Dunbar Junior Coaching Programme involves forty weeks of coaching within the year, in four blocks of ten weeks. The coaching is carried out by The Professional David Torrance and PGA Professional Gary Lister who works as a freelance coach at The Club.

Participants pay an extremely reasonable rate for each ten week block over and above the annual Junior Subscription Fee. The cost of the coaching is subsidised by Nairn Dunbar Golf Club through their keenness to support and encourage Junior Members and promote the value of Coaching.

The Junior Member participants are grouped together in age/golfing ability and as they progress they are reassessed and then can jump up into a group where the skill level is slightly more demanding.

Gary Lister looks after two thirds of the volume of work and David Torrance has the luxury of looking after the talent that is passed on to him at the top of the pyramid by Gary.
It is a fantastic programme, but you can only be a part of it by joining The Club as a Member. Details of all the costs involved and the other Junior Member activities are supplied at The Club Office from Gail MacKenzie, The Secretary.

Private Coaching

David Torrance is keen to coach everyone from beginners to the most advanced players. He uses all the latest technical equipment, as and when required, to assist with his work. All of David’s sessions have a one hour duration and are bookable by calling his shop on 01667 453964 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The hourly charge for adults is forty pounds and thirty for juniors’ (Under 18’s).
If you are keen to discuss ongoing coaching in the form of a programme, it is best to book the first session and the plan can be formulated from there.
David feels that he has the ability to improve anyone’s game.

North District Coaching

David has been a North District Coach for over ten years and has thoroughly enjoyed the position. The ever improving coaching structure has constantly produced numerous scratch and better players.
Every two years each Club in the North District area is contacted and asked to send any Junior Member showing signs of keenness and ability along to their Talent Identification Day. Four Pro’s assess the players and if successful they find a place in one of the five North District Coaching Squads. All of the other players, who do not find a place, are offered and encouraged to take part in The Scottish Golf Development Programme.
The North District squad members have twenty weeks of coaching, consisting of three hours each week through the winter months which prepares them perfectly for the new season.
David currently manages two of the five squads and Gary Lister looks after one, and all of this work is carried out at Nairn Dunbar.
David’s sessions are held on Saturdays and therefore this monopolises this time during the winter.
This coaching programme enables players to be in a positive position to attempt to gain entry to the Scottish Golf Academy.

Scottish Golf Performance Coaching

David is one of six Scottish Golf Regional Performance Coach’s. This position involves overseeing all the localised complexities for players who have found a place on The Scottish Golf Academy Programme.

Introductory Members Coaching

The Nairn Dunbar Introductory Membership concept was launched six seasons ago and has been a great success. The idea was to try to get adults who have never tried the game before or given it up, to take it for the first time or restart.
The players are charged a nominal amount for a trial year as a sample, and then asked at the end of the year if they would like to join as an Ordinary Member or not. There has been a very successful average retention rate of above eighty percent deciding to join.

Ever since the start of the Introductory Membership David Torrance has volunteered two free group sessions for each participant to help make life easier for them on the golf course. It was thought that this could also help accelerate the chance of addiction to the game, and possibly increase the chance of full membership being adopted.
The introductory group sessions are organised by Sarah in the Club Office and normally are held in May/June.


Equipment used by David


V1 Digital Video Analysis, Casio Fast Camera, Tomi Putting Lab and FlghtScope.
Facilities on the range – Open plan Covered Range to 280 yard landing area, Large Putting Green and Short Game Area.