Sven Nielsen - Head Professional
PGA of UK Class AA / Trackman / TPI Certified golf
coach Level 1 / SAM PuttLab Coach / True Temper Certified Shaft fitter
Our Head PGA Professional, Sven Nielsen, has been with us since the start to help establish Trump International Golf Club, Dubai. Sven grew up in South Africa and started playing golf at the age of 2, before joining his first golf club at the age of 6. Sven represented his County, Province and National teams at various age divisions.
After a successful amateur career, Sven joined the team at Trump Turnberry in 2007, and became a PGA Professional in 2008. After nine and half years at the resort, Sven says “ Trump Turnberry is certainly one of the best places in the world to work at." He now heads the golf academy at Trump International, Dubai and is always enthusiastic to help develop great players in the UAE.
ROSS MCARTHUR - TEACHING PROFESSIONAL
PGA OF UK Class A / PGA level 3 coach / TPI
Certified golf coach Level 1
Ross McArthur hails from Hull, East Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. His passion for golf led him on the journey of turning Pro in 2001. From the age of 11, where he started representing Yorkshire at all levels and playing in all major amateur competitions until turning Pro, his eagerness to engage with the sport through coaching, has grown quickly. He is renowned for his successful implementation of the game in Ras Al Khaimah, through his presence as part of the opening team at Al Hamra Golf Club in 2008.
From developing successful juniors and ladies programs to representing the UAE Pro team in 6 Dubai Golf Trophies and winning a multitude of UAE PGA events over the last decade, this TPI certified coach brings 18 years of coaching experience in Golf to Trump. Ross states that he is "excited to become part of an amazing team at the club and looks forward to helping individuals in every aspect of player development and creating more all-rounded players in UAE.”
Alex Riggs -teaching professional
PGA of Canada Class A / B Sc. Kinesiology and Exercise
Physiology / TPI Certified golf coach Level 3 and Junior Coach Level 3 /
TrackMan / Aimpoint / Swing Catalyst Certified
Alex Riggs is a PGA Instructor from Canada who has been coaching in Dubai since 2013. Alex has been working in the golf industry for nearly 20 years and has been fortunate to work with several of the worlds best coaches. Prior to moving to Dubai, Alex coached in Florida and was mentored under Sean Foley, the coach of Justin Rose and several other PGA Tour Players.
Alex has continued to grow his stable of players while coaching in several countries around the world. The world class training facilities here at Trump International Dubai provide the ideal location for Alex's passion of elite player development
MALCOLM YOUNG - TEACHING PROFESSIONAL
PGA of GB&I Fellow Professional/TPI Level 2 Golf Coach & Level 3 Junior Coach/Trackman/Boditrak CertifiedAimPoint Middle East Senior Instructor/Flastick Certified Instructor/Putting Solutions Level 1 Instructor/PGA Golf Psychology Certified
Malcolm Young is a PGA Fellow Professional originally from Monifieth, Scotland and brings over 20 years of experience to Trump International Golf Club, Dubai. Malcolm turned professional at the age of 19 upon completing his apprenticeship at the Panmure Golf Club, located adjacent to the world famous Carnoustie Golf Links. He then moved on to Portugal and Dubai, where he developed the academy at Arabian Ranges Golf Club as Head Professional. Prior to his most recent move to Trump International Dubai, Malcolm worked as Director of Golf for Jack Nicklaus Academies of Golf in Hong Kong.
Malcolm works with players of all level and has developed a strong junior coaching and playing platform in Dubai. A winner of several PGA events, including the UAE PGA Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships, Malcolm has also played in 10 editions of the Dubai Golf Trophy, including a victorious captaincy for the UAE PGA team. A passionate and dedicated coach, Malcolm specializes in putting and has studied with some of the best names in putting instruction, including Phil Kenyon, David Orr and Mark Sweeney. Upon returning to Dubai, Malcolm states "the facilities at Trump International are world-class and it is a privilege to be a part of the team.”