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Saadiyat Beach Golf Academy


At Saadiyat Beach Golf Club we are passionate about promoting the game of golf. The Academy Team will assist people of all abilities to improve their performance and overall enjoyment on the golf course.

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Meet the team

Our PGA Professionals

Danny Jakubowski

Danny Jakubowski - Group Director of Instruction
Danny is excited to return to The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club where he will be acting as Group Director of Instruction for Troon Golf in Abu Dhabi. Danny believes that Saadiyat Beach Golf Academies unwavering commitment to Junior Golf, the Ladies development program and individual lesson packages compliments the relaxed and warm experience that our students enjoy.

He sees the diverse Academy team and their skills as a perfect fit on the island of happiness for both serious golfers and holiday makers alike. As for coaching he is no slouch either. The current MEGA teaching professional of the year loves to teach and will be seen at Saadiyat Beach Golf for lessons on Sundays and Tuesdays.

For more information on Danny or to book a lesson please contact Danny at

Jaco Stander

Jaco Stander - Academy Instructor
Jaco, hailing from Pretoria, South Africa, studied PGA and Sport-Science at The University of Pretoria before becoming fully qualified in 2014. When Jaco became part of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s Teaching Team he thoroughly enjoyed his time teaching junior golfers, he is dedicated to building successful group coaching programs and healthy relationships with his individual students.

Jaco strongly believes in teaching the Fundamentals of golf and building a solid swing around a student’s natural ability-and-swing characteristics, while using equipment like Trackman to achieve better performance. When teaching, Jaco strives to achieve the full potential of his students while maximizing enjoyment and keeping it simple. The key to a successful lesson lies in constructive communication and a clear understanding in why a specific change has to be made.

For more information on Jaco or to book a lesson please contact Jaco at

Federico Alba

Federico Alba - Senior PGA Teaching Professional
Federico Alba is a very passionate sportsman in love with the game of golf. Hails from Sicily, South of Italy, where he learned to play golf at a professional level after a professional football career with Palermo FC and Italian National Team Under 18.

British PGA Qualified and fluent in Italian, French and English, Federico is happy to share with his students the experience and knowledge gained after several years at one of Europe’s exclusive Golf Resorts.

Coaching and helping people to develop their golfing skills is his passion. Federico firmly believes that a solid swing can only be built through good fundamentals and strongly believes that it must also reflect the body characteristics of the pupil.

For more information on Federico or to book a lesson please contact Federico at

Kieren Pratt

Kieren Pratt - Academy Instructor
Kieren Pratt joins Saadiyat Beach Golf Club after thirteen years in the golf industry. After a quick transition from player to coach, Kieren realized that there is not one way to swing the golf club, but in fact several. Kieren's quest to constantly educate himself has provided the best results for his clients, and this experience has ultimately brought him here to Abu Dhabi as a member of our expert coaching team.

Having spent the last 6 years teaching full time at Pittwater Golf Centre in Australia, Golf Club Spillern in Austria and most recently Ras Al Hamra Golf Club in Oman where he was Head Professional. Kieren has also been fortunate enough to spend some time working with clients on both Challenge and European tours as well as playing in a handful of Alps, Challenge and European Tour events in his time spent living in Vienna.

Kieren prides himself in his ability to help every client from Professional to Beginner and loves to develop the younger generation of golfers, utilizing several different pieces of technology, coaching systems and a passion to help all golfers improve. 

For more information on Kieren or to book a lesson please contact Kieren at 

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