Golf – Umhlali

Umhlali Country Club and Golf Estate is one of the best courses on the North Coast and known as the ‘Gem of the North Coast’. It has a 18-hole Peter Matkovich-designed course that is green all year round, a full driving range with a chipping green, practice putting green and a bunker to practice sandy shots. Umhlali Country Club and Golf Estate strives to provide members, guests and visitors with an affordable and beautiful eco­friendly club with a top-rated golf course, sporting and recreational facilities which offers an enjoyable experience.

McKenna Performance Academy – Golf




Head Coach at Umhlali Country Club. Emile is a Class AAA member of PGA of South Africa and is TPI Level 2 Certified, K-Vest Certified, GravityFit Certified, BodiTrak Certified and has nearly 20 years of experience in the golf industry.

He has twice been named as one of the Top 25 Coaches in South Africa by Golf Digest – in both instances, he was the youngest coach to have made the list.

Over the years he has worked with European and Sunshine Tour Professionals such as Zander Lombard, Louis Albertse, James du Preez, Brandon Stone, Louis de Jager, Neil Schietekat and many others. He has also coached numerous top-ranked amateurs, both men and women, as well as countless club golfers and juniors.
He enjoys developing lasting professional and personal relationships that are built on trust and hard work and he believes that every golfer should receive the same level of teaching, regardless of their “current skill level”.

Emile says he cannot wait “to get going at Umhlali Country Club” and he is looking forward to helping as many golfers as possible to reach their full golfing potential.

He still loves playing the game when he gets a gap and is a big Sharks and Man Utd (🙈) supporter. / m 074 138 5659


African Turf Academy Umhlali Campus Manager (Sports Turf Lecturer and McKenna Performance Academy golf coach)

Nicholas joined the African Turf Academy as a student after a career as an educator. After finding his passion for the sports turf industry and graduating from the academy he entered the golf industry as a greenkeeper.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities the African Turf Academy have provided for me with their vast network in the golf industry. And I am extremely excited to be involved with the academy as a lecturer and golf coach providing the pathway for the next generation of students into the industry I love so much.” / m 064 082 7022


Ryan Schierhout is a class AAA PGA Professional with over 10 years of coaching experience. Ryan has degree in Sport Science from the University of Pretoria.

He is known for his patience, understanding and friendliness.

Coaching Philosophy; Look for the best qualities in an individuals swing and enhance those qualities. If there is a major fault, educate the golfer about the swing so that the individual gets an understanding as to why changes need to be made. Focus on each individual’s physical abilities and not make unnecessary changes to a swing.

Focus on a personal improvement program for each student to help them achieve their goals. / m 082 784 0109
McKenna Performance Academy – Junior Golf
McKenna Performance Academy – Golf Coaching
McKenna Performance Academy – Junior Golf
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