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Professional Golf: Peter Arnott

Peter Arnott, originally a project manager in IT, completed the HND in Professional Golf in 2009 at the Elmwood campus before embarking on a degree in Performance Golf at the University of Abertay, Dundee. He has now almost completed a part-time Masters and is now a self-employed golf coach based in Edinburgh, Peter Arnott Golf.

Peter, who started playing golf at an early age, described his former job as something he did merely to exist. “For me the motivation for change came when my mother passed away. It made me re-evaluate things.“

“It was frightening returning to formal education after ten years, but the mix of theory and practical training and the facilities were great. My lecturers kept me on track, particularly Graeme McDowall. I shadowed Graeme, watched him coach and during my degree I volunteered with the junior coaching at my golf club, Craigmillar Park Golf Course. I had a good relationship with Scott Gourlay the PGA Professional there and was in the right place at the right time when a coaching position came up.”

Since graduating Peter has completed a BSc and an MSc at Abertay University. Notably he presented the findings from his Masters Degree at the 2016 World Scientific Congress of Golf in St Andrews. More recently in conjunction with lecturer Graeme McDowall, Professor Keith Davids of Sheffield Hallam University and Associate Professor Ian Renshaw of Queensland University of Technology he is contributing to a book entitled, “Constraints led approach to golf” which looks at putting theory into practice and will be published by Routledge Books.”

Peter added, “Education gives you a good grounding and in time, relationships and opportunities emerge. I would absolutely recommend Scotland’s Rural College, they set me on the right path and without that foundation I wouldn’t have the career I have now.”


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