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 PGA Professional

After taking up golf at the age of 10, I joined Thorpe Hall as a junior in 2007 and represented the club in many individual and team events before starting my professional career in 2013. With help given to me by our Head Professional John Fryatt, I joined the PGA as a trainee in 2014 and have since completed all aspects to become a full member of the association. Since then I have focused on competing on the golf course along with coaching and working in the Professional shop.  

My playing career highlights since turning professional include winning multiple professional tournaments. Whilst my main goals are still playing, coaching is a big 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. 

Indoor Coaching Facility

Our Club Professionals have recently converted the remaining squash court into a hi-tech indoor coaching area. The technology reads your ball data and gives a very accurate reading of distances and ball flight on the screen along with information including ball speed, launch angle and spin rates. This is a great way to both practice and learn with accurate feedback and a great alternative to the cold weather. However, this is not just a winter facility but it a great way to practice all year round. We also have two top of the range indoor putting greens and the ability to custom fit clubs. We will be offering the full range of EvnRoll putters, Mizuno irons and Callaway woods.

The room is available for lessons, private hire and custom fittings, please contact any of the professional staff for bookings or more information.

We will be running a variety of special deals throughout the year to help you with your game.

Indoor Swing Centre

The Swing Centre is a great place to work on your game, particularly during the winter months. This facility is available to all members and does not need to be booked but we would request sessions are limited to 30 minutes if other members are waiting to use it.

Please pick up broken tees and leave the Swing Centre in the condition you would like to find it in.

Professional Shop 01702 582205 Option 2

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