Meet our PGA Professional Coaching Team

Beginner, Social or Recreational, Elite, Experienced or Inexperienced, we’ll have an approach to help you on your journey. 

We’ve helped hundreds of golfers. Your golf is our passion. 

Our Pearl Valley Coaches

JAMES WADE

- HEAD PGA PROFESSIONAL PEARL VALLEY GOLF CLUB

James qualified as Apprentice of the Year in the Western Cape in 2008. He has developed a great teaching reputation over the last 9 years and is now working as an official coach to the Boland Junior (u17, u19) and Women’s Golf Western Province Elite squads, as well as assisting in the development of Namibia junior golf.

He is involved with the National Diploma in Professional golf training, a 3-year course offered by SwingFit Performance Academy.

In addition to the coaching of elite players In recent times, he has furthered his performance coaching skills by completing the performing mind, mental seminar and studies around the biomechanical aspects of the swing. James is mainly situated at our headquarters, Pearl Valley Golf Club at Val de Vie Estate.

He has been publicised to be in the Top 25 Teaching Professionals in RSA by Golf Digest!

ADRIAN BUCHNER

- PGA PROFESSIONAL PEARL VALLEY GOLF CLUB

Adrian graduated from Muir College High School in the Eastern Cape in 2012 and moved to SwingFit to follow his golfing passion. He completed his PGA diploma at SwingFit in 2015 and graduated with several distinctions in his final year. Adrian then did his apprentice year in 2016 under the guidance of James Wade at Pearl Valley before qualifying as a PGA Professional later that year. In 2017 he also completed all three levels of the R&A Rules exams.

Adrian has set up and currently runs the SwingFit Junior Academy at Pearl Valley which is home to many talented juniors. He also works with members of all ages who are looking to improve their games. He has also worked with some of our elite players in order to develop his knowledge and experience  as a performance coach.

Our De Zalze Coaches

JP VIVIERS

PGA PROFESSIONAL DE ZALZE GOLF CLUB

JP Viviers is a Free State boy and grew up on a farm outside Kroonstad and went to Kroonstad High School.

"We use to drive past the golf course when I was about 8 years old and I always wanted to try it so I went and immediately fell in love. I went to the golf course every day to practice and started playing at Kroonstad Country Club. Because I was so young my mother asked the caddies to look after me and I played with them a lot. At 12 years old I started playing league for the club and there was no turning back. After school I went to a golf academy in Bloemfontein and decided I would love to grow the game and expose other players to the great and sometimes frustrating game of golf!

Coaching is my love and my passion and I'm so privileged to be part of Swingfit and a club like De Zalze."