Our Resident Club Professionals

John Fryatt – PGA Head Professional

John has been Head Professional at Thorpe Hall since 2007. Since qualifying as a PGA Professional in 1996 John has had a very successful playing career. He has won the Essex Order of Merit on two occasions, won over forty PGA Pro-Am titles, been Essex PGA Champion and twice winner of The Essex Open Championship. John also enjoyed his time being Essex PGA Captain.
John has a high demand for coaching and is available for lessons six days per week. He feels his success as a player has an advantage when teaching all abilities of golfers and works with every individual person to bring maximum improvement to any part of their game.

Gemma Fryatt - PGA Professional

Gemma is the wife of our Head Professional, John Fryatt.  After completing her PGA Qualifications with distinction in 2002, Gemma worked at Chigwell Golf Club until 2005.

Joining us at Thorpe Hall in 2007 means Gemma is an established coach and invaluable to Pro Shop life.  Her many years’ experience in coaching all ages and abilities to improve techniques is focused on, basics, course management and short game.  Being back as a PGA Member this year, after a 4 year break of being an Amateur, she is full of enthusiasm once again for helping others to enjoy and fulfil their golfing desires. 

One of her other attributes is looking after and serving members and guests at our Halfway Hut behind the 9th Green.  

She is available for Lessons on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays.  

Mark Talbott - PGA Professional

After having my first golf lesson at Thorpe Hall in 1998 I joined as a cadet member in 1999.  During my junior years I represented the club and county at all levels until gaining a scratch handicap by the age of 21.

I then took up my PGA foundation degree in 2009 and graduated as a fully qualified PGA professional in 2012.  Since then I have mainly focused on my playing and coaching career with playing highlights including wining over a dozen pro am titles, the 2016 Essex PGA Order of merit winner and a course record 63 (-8) at Berkhamsted GC.

My coaching is mainly focused on one to one lessons to all standards of golfer as well as running overseas coaching trips with fellow professional Joe Ellis.

Joe Ellis

After taking up golf at the age of 10, I joined Thorpe Hall as a junior in 2007.  Since turning professional in 2013, due to the help given to me by our Head Professional John Fryatt, I joined the PGA as a trainee in 2014 at Thorpe Hall. Since then I have focused on playing golf along with coaching and working in the Professional shop.  

At the beginning of 2018, my PGA training is drawing to a close and I am now ticking some final boxes before applying for full membership of the PGA.  My playing career highlights since turning professional include winning multiple professional tournaments. Whilst my main goals are still playing, coaching is still the part of my job that I enjoy and would welcome the chance to help anyone with their game. 

My coaching is mainly focused on one-to-one lessons as well as running overseas coaching trips with my fellow professional Mark Talbott. 

Tuition Fees

John Fryatt   £40.00 for 1 hour  tel: 01702 588195 or 07834 022656.

Gemma Fryatt - Special Offer £20.00 for 1 hour (Monday - Wednesday, 9.00 - 15.00  tel:  01702 588195 or 07939 711300

Mark Talbott - £35.00 for 45 minutes  tel: 07590 602083Joe Ellis £30.00 for 45 minutes 07879 817809

Junior Group Sessions £13.00 for 90 minutes

Book a Lesson

To book a lesson with either Mark Talbott or Joe Ellis click here.

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Indoor Swing Centre

Members are able to use the indoor swing centre when temperatures make outside practice sessions a little less appealing.
The facility itself does not need to be booked, first come first served, but if use of the digital swing monitor and shot analysis is required this needs to be arranged via the Pro Shop, call Mark or Joe on 01702 588195

Hire charge for this equipment is £15 per hour.

Professional Shop 01702 588195

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