Merchiston’s Summer Golf Camp 2019

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Professional coaching and development at the No.1 UK Junior Golf School* and No.2 UK Senior Golf School**.

Established in 2011, Merchiston’s week long golf training programmes allow golfers to develop their swing technique and overall understanding of the game. Golf is based at the world class facility of nearby Kings Acre Golf Course & Academy, which is a par 70, 18 hole course set in beautiful parkland. Few golf academies can rival the set-up at Kings Acre with its internationally renowned instruction. The fantastic facilities include 30 covered bays, four fully equipped teaching studios and a short game area with two USGA greens, making Kings Acre the ideal venue for the Merchiston Summer Golf Programme.

The camps will be led by Alan Murdoch (Director of Golf, ISGA U15 Scotland School Boys Coach/Captain FPGA, BSc) and Kurt Mungall (Head Professional at Kings Acre, PGA, TPI Certified).

Throughout the week, players will receive dedicated professional coaching, receive on-course guidance and play alongside PGA professionals, compete and meet new friends.  The golf camp is open to boys aged 8-17, and there are 10 spaces available for each group.

Junior Golf Camp (ages 8-11)

Morning Half Day – 9.00am to 12.00pm

Afternoon Half Day – 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Drop-off and collection at Kings Acre Golf Course, Lasswade, Edinburgh, EH18 1AU

The philosophy of the Junior Golf Camp is to introduce the game of golf to juniors aged between 8 and 11 either with little experience or a couple of years of instruction/playing.  Campers will learn the fundamentals of the game in a safe, fun and stimulating environment. Instruction will be given at a pace intended to maintain their attention and at the same time be appropriate for each individual’s skill level.  Our energetic PGA instructors will guide the youngsters through a series of games and exercises that will develop confidence and passion for the game of golf.  The Junior Camp environment is designed to allow the youngsters to meet other young golfers and to encourage enthusiasm and passion for the game.


Day Topic Location Activities
Monday Golf Fundamentals Range Games
Tuesday Golf Fundamentals Short Game Area Games
Wednesday Golf Fundamentals Putting Games
Thursday Golf Fundamentals Par 3 Golf Course The Game
Friday Golf Fundamentals The Big Course The Experience

Intermediate Golf Camp (ages 12-17)

Drop-off at Merchiston Castle School, 294 Colinton Road, Colinton, Edinburgh, EH13 0PU on Sunday at 4.00pm
Collection at Kings Acre Golf Course, Lasswade, Edinburgh, EH18 1AU on Friday at 3.30pm

The Intermediate Golf Camp is a six day residential programme designed to give the intermediate golfer an opportunity to develop their game in preparation for ‘moving’ to the next level in the game. The next level may be wishing to achieve a golf handicap, represent the school golf team/club team or to prepare for future junior golf events.

Tuition will also be given at a range of Scotland’s top rated golf courses including St Andrews, Gullane and West Linton. The sessions will include technical instruction in all parts of the game, course management and mapping, mental training, fitness education, nutrition habits, and significant on-course playing time on ranging types of Scottish courses.

See what’s included and the programme in the drop-downs below.

Advanced Golf Camp (ages 12-17)

Drop-off at Merchiston Castle School, 294 Colinton Road, Colinton, Edinburgh, EH13 0PU on Sunday at 4.00pm
Collection at Kings Acre Golf Course, Lasswade, Edinburgh, EH18 1AU on Friday at 3.30pm

The advanced camp is a six day residential programme designed to give the advanced/intermediate golfer an opportunity to develop their game in preparation for tournament play. Known as one of the top rated golf schools in the UK, we have a passion for building successful golfers.

Learning sessions will be taken by one of Scotland’s most experienced and highly regarded coaching instructors, Alan Murdoch, the Director of Golf at Merchiston Castle School.

Alan will use his many years of experience and pass on his own information about the technical aspects in all parts of the game, course management and mapping, mental training and spend time with the boys during significant on-course playing time.  He will be helped by one of Scotland’s top Golf-Fit instructors who will cover the important area of fitness education and nutritional habits.

Each individual will receive one to one instruction with Alan. This could vary in the type of instruction depending on the individual’s choice of learning.

Tuition will be given at some of Scotland’s world-famous championship courses including St Andrews, Gullane and West Linton.

See what’s included and the programme in the drop-downs below.

Age groups and experience are for guidance so please contact us if you think your son would fit in better to a camp above or below his age.  If you have any enquiries regarding the camps please call Louise Pert on +44 (0)131 312 2237 or email Join our mailing list to be kept informed of the activity camps.

*Merchiston has been ranked No.1 ISGA Junior Golf school in the UK three years in a row – 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and **is currently ranked No.2 ISGA Senior Golf school in the UK.


The term-time Merchiston Golf Academy was launched in 2011 and we have seen great success amongst our scholars.  Click here to find out more.

What's included

Ages 8-11
5 days
Ages 12-17
5 nights
Ages 12-17
5 nights
Snacks provided Y Y Y
Accommodation & meals at Merchiston
for duration of stay
Full Access to Kings Acre Golf Academy and courses Y Y Y
Daily group coaching from PGA coaches Y Y Y
Competition & prizes Y Y Y
9/18 holes of golf Y Y
Evening activity programmes Y Y
Trip to St Andrews Links and Golf Museum, Gullane Golf Course, West Linton Golf Course Y Y
Golf-fit – tailored fitness session & programme Y Y
Trackman combined testing –
short game skills with putting analysis
1:1 swing instruction with video analysis, including V1 video Y Y
Individualised assessment on improvements made and new targets implemented Y Y
Approximately 2 years’ experience required Y Y
Handicap required Y

The programme

Here is a sample of the Intermediate and Advanced programme which is subject to small changes.


  • Registration at 4.00pm at Merchiston
  • Welcome meet and greet
  • Dinner
  • Introduction to the Golf Camp Programme and week’s activities
  • Meet the coaches
  • Ice breakers

  • Bus to Kings Acre Golf Club
  • Tuition
  • Lunch
  • 18 Holes on Kings Acre – Fun Stableford
  • Debrief & depart Kings Acre
  • Dinner
  • Free time/organised event

  • Bus to Kings Acre Golf Club
  • Tuition – Kings Acre/Golf Fit
  • Lunch
  • Team golf event – ‘Scottish Heathland Experience’ – West Linton
  • Debrief and depart West Linton
  • Dinner
  • Free time/organised event

  • Depart for St Andrews
  • Team/individual golf event
  • Lunch
  • Visit to St Andrews Golf Museum
  • Debrief and depart St Andrews
  • Dinner
  • Free time/organised event

  • Depart for Links Experience
  • Tuition
  • Lunch
  • Team/individual golf event – ‘Links course’
  • Putting competition – Gullane No3 Golf Course
  • Debrief and depart Gullane
  • Dinner
  • Free time/organised event

  • Bus to Kings Acre Golf Club
  • Championship golf event – Kings Acre
  • Lunch
  • Prizes/presentation
  • Debrief
  • Please collect your son at 3.30pm from Kings Acre Golf Club

Each player is given a tailored programme at the start of the week, and will also receive a report card at the end of the week outlining their own particular strengths and opportunities for improvement so that progress can continue within their own clubs after the summer.

Teaching staff

The camp will be led by Kurt Mungall and Alan Murdoch from Kings Acre Golf Course.

Alan Murdoch FPGA BSc

Director of Golf

Alan is a highly respected Scottish coach who qualified as a PGA professional in 1995. After a career playing on the Asian Omega Tour and the European Challenge Tour, as well as time coaching in Germany, Alan returned to Scotland to become Director of Golf at Kings Acre and then Merchiston in 2012.

He brings with him many years of knowledge, and experience of coaching some of the best players in the world.

During term time, Alan coaches the very successful Merchiston Golf Academy which was launched in 2011. For more information on this and how to apply please click here.


Kurt Mungall  PGA TPI

Head Professional

Kurt Mungall has been a PGA Qualified professional since 1991.  He was appointed Lothian boys coach for 15 years, and was responsible for nurturing the junior development squads. Many of his students have gone on to achieve success competing in national events and some going on to have successful professional careers. Kurt believes in adopting a holistic approach to coaching.  In 2010, he successfully gained his Titleist Performance Institute Golf Professional Certification.  Additionally, as a highly regarded member of the PGA, Kurt’s aims have always been developing his students to help them advance their game to the highest level and keep them at the forefront of growing the game. Kurt joined Kings Acre as Head Professional in 2013 with more than 25 successful years of coaching, specifically at junior level, the Merchiston Golf Academy held great appeal.

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