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The Academy

The Academy at Tenterden Golf is the perfect place to learn and improve your game. We cater for every category of golfer, whether you are a complete beginner or a budding tour pro, this is the place for you.

Richard Silman, our class AA PGA Professional, excels in coaching and club custom fitting, ensuring that you not only improve your technique but do so using clubs made to measure specifically for you.

Note - Our Academy facilities are available to Members and Academy Members only. Please consult the Pro Shop for availability.

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Practice Facilities

Our practice facilities are geared towards game improvement and enjoyment. Yardage markers are positioned at 50yd intervals and there are target greens located at 50, 85, 100, 135, and 175yards to train distance control and accuracy.

The Academy boasts three styles of practice bunkers, giving the player the chance to practice and learn all types of sand shots. Additionally, there is an all weather synthetic putting green so that you can practice your putting whatever the weather. There is also a putting green located at the clubhouse which is perfect for practicing sloping putts.

Tenterden Golf Academy is equipped with the latest training aids to fast track your learning and perfecting of the golf swing.

The Range

We have six undercover bays complete with True Strike mats designed for improved ball striking and soft impact on bones and joints. We also have a large grass teeing area for golfers looking for that authentic ‘grass feel’.

Baskets of range balls (approx 50 balls) can be purchased from the golf shop from 8am - 4pm and after that from the clubhouse, £4 visitors and £3 members.

Range Opening Times



Range Opening Times
8am 9am 10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm 7pm 8pm

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Please note that the range is 240yards long and longer hitters are restricted to the use of irons and hybrids only. Please practice safely and respect other range users.

The Academy Par 3 course will be in operation during lesson times, and on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday afternoons (summer only).

Individual Lessons

Individual golf lessons provide the undivided attention of our PGA Professional Richard Silman. Whether you are a complete beginner or an established player we will be sure to offer the right advice and action plan that you deserve. All lessons will benefit from the use of our expert training aids and include golf balls and video analysis if required.

Richard’s philosophy is to coach the individual and not a method. Each player will be assessed for range of movement before deciding on any swing techniques, therefore players will never be asked to make swing changes which are unrealistic or unreachable for them.

Richard coaches a simple to understand short game programme aimed towards players looking to reduce their scores, or helping new players fast track their way to a club handicap. He is also able to draw on his many years as a tournament player to help pupils with the phycology of the game, as well as course strategy.

On-course lessons can be can be booked one-on-one or for a group of up to four to spread the cost. An on-course lesson is a great way to cover all aspects of the game in an authentic environment.

Individual Lesson Prices

Lesson Price
30 Mins £40
45 Mins £50
1 Hour £60
Explanar Lesson £15
On Course Lesson £85
Custom Fit £40-
30 Mins Member £35
45 Mins Member £45
1 Hour Member £55
On Course Member £75


" Golf, and for that matter sport, should be fun, then the results will come. Richard over the past couple of months has helped me lower my handicap significantly. Each and every lesson, roll-up & individual, has been good fun.

Richard has transformed my game and has done so by watching, listening and tailoring my practicing to what works for me, and it has. I look forward to more fun and lowering my handicap further...with Richards help of course (and practice!). Happy golf days!"

Lyndon Gill
Private & Group Lessons

Group Coaching

Our ever popular group classes are an excellent way to learn in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and allow the opportunity to meet like minded golfers. Many golfing friendships and playing groups are formed as a result of our group coaching classes. Please see below for details of classes we run. There is also the chance for groups to arrange their own bespoke lessons with Richard so that you can learn with your own group of friends.

Group Coaching Sessions

Lesson Time Price
Ladies 9:30am - 10:30am £10 (non members )
Ladies 10:30am - 11:30am £8 (members)
Lesson Time Price
Seniors 10:00am - 11:00am £10 (non members)
Seniors 10:00am- 11:00am
Lesson Time Price
Improve Your Game 10:00- 11:00am £10
Get Into Golf TBC £10
Eagles 11:00am - 12:00pm £10
Birdies 2:00pm - 3:00pm £10
Pars 3.00-4.00pm £10


" My son and I used to be Members of a another local golf club, and I decided to attend Tenterden Golf Open Day 2016 where I met various Members and the golf coach who all made us feel really welcome.

My son is now enjoying the Junior Academy, with lots of competitions. His handicap has come down a lot in a short space of time. This is a great group with great kids all helping each other improve.

The atmosphere in the club house is great, everyone is made to feel welcome and are encouraged to participate in the various competitions."

Nigel Morris
The Club, Academy & Lessons

Academy Courses

Our stepping stones Academy courses provide the pathway to play on the main course. They are the ideal preparation for new and inexperienced players to learn all the necessary skills, rules and etiquette required.

Par 3 Academy Course

The par 3 course is located at the Academy. It has 6 par 3 holes that are designed to not only test the short game shots of experienced players but to provide the first experience of golf course play for beginners and juniors.

Each hole has its own character and the course meanders around the natural slopes of the academy with small greens surrounded by bunkers. It will give junior and inexperienced players a good test, as they start to learn all the approach shots that they will need on the main course.

Decibels Academy Course

The Decibels Academy course is the next stepping stone towards play on the main course.

The course is a shortened version of the main course. Tees are located to shorten the course to make play easier and less intimidating for new players. The design of the course still retains the natural features and layout of the main course but every hole is set out with the less experienced player in mind. This will allow for faster play and for new players to learn all the necessary shots required for the main course.

Decibels Course Yardages

Hole Yards
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
White Yards 185 355 411 180 377 465 160 349 276 335 287 479 442 469 414 154 510 193 6041
Academy Yards 158 150 280 154 255 320 130 160 240 220 145 410 250 355 280 132 280 115 4034

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