At Royal Portrush, we are passionate about developing the game of golf at every level, from first time golfers and children, through to scratch golfers and even professionals. Our coaching packages and Professionals are here to help every golfer improve their game and reach their potential. Our Head Professional, Gary McNeill and our team of PGA Professionals offer their expertise and guidance to ensure you improve on every aspect of your game. Whether you want to learn as an individual or groups of friends and families, we offer packages for everyone wanting to learn golf together in a social setting. For more information and bookings on current tuition programmes contact Gary and his team on
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Royal Portrush Golf Club - Gary McNeill - Head Professional

Gary McNeill
Head Professional

As an amateur, Gary won numerous Provincial and National events including the Irish Boys Championship in 1987 and the Irish Amateur Championship at Ballybunion in 1991. He also represented Ulster and Ireland at every level, as well as Great Britain and Ireland at Boys and Youths level.

Gary turned Professional in 1993. Prior to his appointment at Royal Portrush, he was the Head Professional at The MacGregor Academy and Head Coach to the Ulster teams. He has been a multiple winner on the Irish PGA circuit and had the honour of playing in the 148th Open Championship.

Charlene Reid
Senior Assistant/PGA Professional

Charlene joined the Professional team back in 2012 as a Trainee. She immediately took a keen interest in merchandising and junior coaching. Charlene now manages the retail operation of the shop and oversees the successful Cadet Programme at the Club. She coordinates many coaching camps throughout the year and gives lessons to golfers of all abilities.

Prior to joining the team, Charlene attended Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, USA on a golf scholarship. In her Senior Year she was runner up at the NCAA Nationals 2009 and named as an All American for her golfing achievements. In 2019, Charlene was introduced into her University’s Hall of Fame for her dedication and commitment to golf.

She played amateur golf at International Level for three consecutive years, representing Ireland at the European Team Championships and Home Internationals from 2009-2011.

Royal Portrush Golf Club - Charlene Reid - Senior Assistant/PGA Professional
Royal Portrush Golf Club - Alan Dunbar - Assistant PGA Professional

Alan Dunbar
PGA Assistant Professional

Alan had a very successful amateur career, winning events such as the St Andrews Links Trophy in 2009, the Irish Open Amateur in 2010, and the Amateur Championship in June 2012. His victory in the Amateur Championship gave him an exemption to the Majors. He played in the 141st Open Championship and 2013 Masters which he says “was an experience that he will never forget.”

Alan made his professional debut at the Challenge de Madrid in 2013. He played the European Challenge Tour and Euro Pro for 5 years before deciding to change his career path. Alan joined the Professional team at Royal Portrush in March 2020 and enjoys coaching players of all abilities.