John Hastings was born in 1955 in St Athan South Wales. He worked between 1973 and 1976 as Assistant Golf Professional at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club and then later at Cardiff Golf Club. In 1975 he won the Welsh Assistants Championships and 1 year later qualified as a full PGA member.

To gain further experience, John teamed up with the US Masters Winner, Craig Stadler, on the US PGA Tour and also caddied for the winner of the World Team Championships in Orlando Florida. John returned to Wales in 1980 and became the Head Professional at Llantrisant Golf Club, during his 3 years there, he won the South Wales Professional Championships, was leading player in South Wales in 1983 and became course record holder at Llantrisant with a score of 65. This record still stands today.  1984 saw John heading for Germany to secure the position of Head Teaching Professional at one of the country’s leading sports hotels, Hotel Bachmair-am-See near Munich in Southern Bavaria. In 1989 John moved to Germany’s third oldest golf club in Baden-Baden in the Black Forest where he spent 5 years teaching.

After this, John moved across the border to France where he became the Head Teaching Professional at the country’s first Bernhard Langer Academy in Strasbourg, Alsace. On returning to his native Wales, he was given the opportunity to start teaching as a freelance golf coach at Cottrell Park. St Nicholas.

He also coached in 2005 the YMG Junior Welsh Team at St Andrews Scotland where they finished third. John has been based at ST ANDREWS MAJOR GOLF CLUB for many years and is now an integral and vital part of the club.  John has set up his Natural Golf Academy based in the Driving Range and is going from strength to strength.

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