Bio

The South Africa born Craig West turned Professional in 1992 playing off a +2 Handicap and started his professional career as Assistant Professional at the well known Fancourt Resort in South Africa. Soon he left his motherland to work as a PGA Professional in Germany. After his first position at Hewer Golf Clinic in Hürth near Cologne, he moved to Golfclub Gut Lärchenhof, the first Jack Nicklaus course in Germany, followed by leading positions at Golfclub Hummelbach Aue and Gut Clarenhof where he was responsible as Director of the Golf Academy.

 

In early 2003 Craig West took responsibility for the junior development program in the renowned Hubbelrather Golf Club in Düsseldorf.  Between 2004 and 2008 he and his teams were successful with numerous German Championship titles (youth) and helped the first Mens and Womens team to get back and compete in the first German golf division (Bundesliga) In 2007,  Craig brought the best competitive sports results ever for GC Hubbelrath: winning their first Womens German Championship and Womens European Championship, as well as runner up successes for the Mens and Youth teams.

 

Craig West left GC Hubbelrath at the end of 2008 in order to focus on his new opportunity as managing partner of West Golf GmbH and to head  the Craig West Golf School, which now also has 2 further Schools, in KölnGolf and in Golf Course Siebengebirge.

  1. Fully Qualified PGA Golfprofessional
  2. Member of PGA of Germany
  3. A, B, C Licence Trainer German Golf Federation
  4. Instructor Qualifications of PGA of Germany
  5. Instructor Qualifications of IHK

Timeline

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  • 1971

    07/08/1971 born in Port Elizabeth/South Africa

  • 1988-1992

    Youth Champion South Africa
    Captain Youth-Nationalteam South Africa
    Scholarship at University Central Florida, Orlando (USA)
    Golf scholarship at San Jose State University, California (USA)
    Turning Professional with HCP +2
    Assistant Professional, Fancourt Resort, South Africa

  • 1994-1995

    Teaching Professional, Hewer Golfcenter in Hürth, Germany

  • 1995-1999

    Teaching Professional, Gut Laerchenhof, Puhlheim-Stommeln, Germany

  • 2000-2004

    Teaching Professional, Hummelbachaue, Neuss (DGV Landesstützpunkt NRW)
    Manager Junior Development Program at GC Hubbelrath
    Manager Junior Development Program at GC Hummelbachaue
    Teaching Professional at Konzept Golf - Gut Clarenhof
    Director Academy at ``Kölner Golfschule`` on Gut Clarenhof, Konzept Golf

  • 2003

    Responsible for Competitive Sports at GC Hubbelrath
    Winner of German golf championship with girls team (co-trainer)

  • 2004

    NRW Single Championship with Thomas Schneiders
    Promotion to 1st Division (Bundesliga) Womens team
    Promotion to 1st Division (Bundesliga) Mens team
    German golf championship Girls Team

  • 2005

    NRW Single Championship Jörg Nastelski
    NRW Championship with Boys Team (for the first time)
    NRW Championship with Girls Team
    German Championship with Girls Team
    Runner Up at First Division (Bundesliga) with Womens Team

  • 2006

    NRW Championship with Youth Team
    NRW Championship with Girls Team
    Runner Up at First Division (Bundesliga) with Womens Team

  • 2007

    German Champion First Division (Bundesliga) with Womens Team
    European Champion with Womens Team
    Runner Up First Division (Bundesliga) with Mens Team
    Runner Up German Championship with Boys Team
    NRW Championship with Boys Team
    NRW Championship with Girls Team

  • ab 2008

    Managing Partner at West Golf GmbH

    Construction of West Golf
    Opening of the Craig West Golf Academy at West Golf
    Managing Partner of West Golf

  • 2009

    Opening of West Golf

  • 2015

    Takeover of Golf Course Siebengebirge as Majority Partner
    Opening of the second Craig West Golf Academy

  • 2016

    Takeover of KölnGolf as Managing Partner of the WWH Köln Public Golf LLC
    Opening of the third Craig West Golf Academy