Drayton Park Golf Club

Meet The Team

Danie l Whitby-Smith - Head PGA Professional

Dan has over 13 years’ experience in the golfing industry and became a fully qualified PGA Professional in 2017. He has picked up a vast number of playing accolades along the way, most recently qualifying for 2 DP World Tour starts in 2023, the British Masters and the ISPS Handa World Invitational. Dan has over 60 professional wins worldwide and was the first ever player to win all 4 Staffordshire major titles in 2018. In 2022 Dan represented GB & I against the USA in the prestigious PGA Cup! 

Dan manages and operates Drayton Park’s Professional Shop that provides expert customer service, lessons, custom fitting, and indoor virtual golf. Dan was crowned 'Breakthrough Professional of the Year 2021' in the Foremost Golf Industry Awards, and 'Midland PGA Professional Of The Year 2022'. In 2025 Dan will take great pride in being Captain of the Midland PGA, a testament to his hard work and attention to detail. 

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Simon Dainter – Trainee PGA Professional

Simon has over 6 years of experience in the golfing industry and has been a member of Drayton Park for 3 seasons in the past. He is currently in his second year of his FDSC Golf Studies Degree at the University of Birmingham and is passionate about expanding his knowledge of all areas of golf coaching. Simon is an approachable, easy-going, knowledgeable individual and endeavours to provide high quality, personal coaching for golfers of all levels. Simon is also in charge of the junior development at Drayton Park and runs weekly sessions for juniors of all capabilities. Since starting in September, has had a good response with numbers quickly increasing and fantastic feedback from both students and parents alike.

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