On Gillian’s Coaching

We all thoroughly enjoyed our family golf lessons with Gillian, around which we built a very special family trip to Scotland and Castle Stuart.

Gillian was fantastic at working with each of us, despite our different ages and ability levels. My husband and I, in our 50’s, thought we might be lost causes but she thoroughly convinced us that people of any age can begin and enjoy the sport! Our teenage sons (much more coordinated) developed quickly and were eager to get new tips on different stroke techniques each day.

Gillian was patient, proactive and positive – a great combination for a golf instructor!

We definitely commend Gillian to other golfers, of any level, and also recommend play and stay at Castle Stuart: a really rewarding and memorable combination that we hope to be able to repeat in the future!

Christine Brueschke

Windsor, England, August 2020

Gillian is a true professional, with a very likeable personality.

She quickly worked out a couple of basic errors in my set-up and swing and pointed me in the right direction. She doesn’t over-complicate the process and gives you encouragement and confidence to play better golf.

Highly commended.

Harry Cooksley

Handicap 16, Forres Golf Club, June 2020

Gillian… I had a great round today! Ended up hitting 10 of 14 fairways, which is great for me. Also scored my first birdies ever, on holes 2 and 4. Final stroke count of 96 and handicap differential of 21.6 are also personal bests. Thanks again for your help yesterday, the tweaks were extremely helpful.
Thanks, Kaustubh

Kaustubh Deo

New York, July 2019

This is by far the most beautiful and playable course!! The detail in the layout and blend with nature is exquisite. The greenkeeper and staff should be commended! We had the honour to meet Gillian Stewart and what a lady! She taught us some links shots which benefitted us since!!
The clubhouse and facilities are world class! The staff are very friendly and helpful.
An absolute must!!!

Jaco Parsons

South Africa, August 2018

I arranged a lesson with Gillian, having not played golf for two years due to lower back pain.

My golf was at rock bottom, but with the utmost care and attention to my particular issues, Gillian now has me striking the ball with consistent accuracy, and also with complete physical and mental freedom. I now stride towards my next shot with a newfound eagerness and confidence, completely uninhibited by any negative thoughts of technical faults or failure.

Her professionalism is absolute and her determination to find the solution is underpinned with understanding and humour. This leaves you in a better place after every lesson. Oh – and my swing no longer troubles my back.

Iain Morton

Inverness, August 2017

I contacted Gillian after hearing nothing but positives from fellow playing friends as a 4-handicap golfer with little hope of going nowhere but up .1 every time I teed the ball up. After a few lessons Gillian brought my game and more importantly my head back to be where it should be.

Gillian has such enthusiasm for the game of golf but more importantly for her pupil’s game, emailing me after competition days to see how things went and always quick to point out the positives to me.

Her very easy to understand tuition and practise drills have given me a new lease of life and between us we will make it to a scratch handicap in the next couple of years. Time spent on the range now has a meaning and enjoyment factor and even on my own I can hear her words of wisdom.

She is not just a golf coach but also a psychologist all rolled into one. We are blessed to have someone on hand who always has the time and patience to listen and pass on her invaluable advice.

Gillian caters for all levels of golfers with equal enthusiasm, she taught my wife when she started golf a few years ago.

If you are thinking about taking some lessons to improve any part of your game then look no further, Gillian is the coach you are looking for, a multi winning tour professional who will take you to the next level passing on the knowledge at a fantastic venue.

Neil Chisholm

3 h/cap, Nairn Dunbar & Nairn, June 2017

If you are looking for someone with a simple, clear and highly effective approach to understanding the golf swing, then arrange your next golf lesson with Gillian Stewart . Too many teaching professionals today teach in a highly technical manner, further confusing and frustrating golfers in what can be one of the most exasperating pursuits ever invented by humans !  With years of experience at European Tour level to share with fellow golfers, Gillian will help improve your game and therefore enjoyment of it, by simplifying the swing, not by breaking it down into confusing components, or by being guided by what a range monitor tells you, but by teaching a “whole swing” approach.

In my experience, Gillian has been the only teacher that has been able to impart easily understandable imagery of the golf swing with an approach that will minimise overthinking.

With the superb and private teaching area at the world class golfing venue of Castle Stuart in the Highlands of Scotland, this is an experience any keen golfer wishing to improve their game, cannot afford to miss.

Fraser McGinn

Perth, Australia (Handicap 6), May 2017

We would not have been able to achieve what we did without an immense amount of support behind the scenes. Gillian Stewart in particular gave us fantastic help at the training weekend in March and in the lead up to the matches. Thank you so much

Tegwen Matthews

Winning GB&I Curtis Cup Captain, Nairn, 10 June 2012

In just two lessons Gillian has permanently repaired decades of short game scars; a huge achievement! I have made the necessary changes only because Gillian brings such impeccable credibility and a deep understanding of the golf swing. Gillian is also a terrific listener (to all my ramblings) so that her advice becomes customised to you. It’s fun on the links again. Thanks Gillian.

Bruce Morrison

10 handicap, Fortrose and Rosemarkie GC, 2010

I have been having lessons with Gillian over the last few years and have come down from 18 to 12 as a direct result of her coaching. Gillian has a talent for keeping things simple and giving clear advice which can be readily worked on. Having already reached my goal of my lowest ever handicap, Gillian will, I’m sure, drive me on to my next goal…. single figures!

Richard Carey

12 handicap, Fortrose and Rosemarkie GC, 2010

After seeing what she did for my game, ALL my friends now get lessons from Gill…….. but with my headstart they’ll never catch up!!! This year I won three monthly medals at Royal Dornoch, and the Medal Winner’s competition. Honestly, that is all down to Gill, she’s a wonderful teacher, and clearly very patient! I still have a long way to go, and I’m going to enjoy every step of it.

Alasdair Mackenzie

Royal Dornoch and Fortrose, 2010

Gill sorted out my putting for me, she sorted out my short game for me – she is a brilliant coach. I am going to tell Sergio Garcia about Gill. I putted like a dream thanks to Gill, including one for a birdie at the last which kept hopes alive of being in a play-off right until the last.

Miguel Preysler

Sotogrande, having just finished one shot behind the winner Arthur Pierse, in the British Seniors Amateur Championship at Nairn, 10 August, 2007

If anyone wants to find a wealth of information about golf, speak to Gill. As a golf instructor, she is extremely careful and precise in only saying what she needs to say in order to keep it simple. As a successful touring pro, her knowledge of the mental side and the execution of a wide variety of shots, is an aspect she has helped me with tremendously. A few weeks after my last lesson with her in May, I went from having major problems with my pitching to winning on 3 successive weeks the Spanish National Seniors, the International European Seniors and the International Andalucian Seniors. If that is not great teaching, I do not know what is!

Miguel Preysler

H'cap +0.3, Real Club de Golf, Sotogrande, Spain, 3 July 2006

During the last three years my game has improved with Gillian’s help from an 18 handicap to 12. Her approach to teaching is very professional, her instructions are clear and concise and each lesson is followed up with lesson notes. Her enthusiasm and dry sense of humour have made the lessons most enjoyable. My goal now is to get to single figures!

Helen Stuart

12 handicap, Muir of Ord, 2006

I always look forward to Gillian’s lessons and feel very lucky to have the benefit of her vast experience and wisdom. Her expertise comes across strongly and with clarity. She is excellent at adapting technique to individual needs and always gives her undivided attention. The importance of the mental side is also very much part of Gillian’s approach and I have found her ideas refreshing and very helpful. Although hard work and concentration are central to her time with you she has a lovely sense of humour, which makes her lessons most enjoyable.

Marion Richards

12 handicap, Guernsey, 2006

On Gillian’s Playing

I doubt if I have ever seen a golf ball hit with greater precision, not even by Ben Hogan himself. The plane of her swing could not be truer and her rhythm, her tempo and her balance are faultless. Sheer delight to watch and the setting and weather matched the occasion … Miss Stewart’s figures speak for themselves – two under par, with consummate ease.

John Campbell

The Sunday Telegraph, May 22, 1983

A beautiful exhibition of golf by Gillian Stewart in the final of the Scottish Ladies Championship at North Berwick culminated in a blaze of brilliance to give her a 3 and 1 win. In winning, the 24-year old Miss Stewart was two under par for the seventeen holes played. She has a measured rhythm and start to the down swing on her full shots which by the time she comes to putt, comes close enough to evoke the tales they used to tell of Macdonald Smith.

Norman Mair

The Sunday Standard, May 22, 1983