Our coaches have an elite level of knowledge and love for the game of golf. We look for individuals who have a substantial career in golf instruction and a passion for coaching adults and youth. The coaches are driven to share their personal experience and love for the game with the families of Hong Kong.

Director of Instruction

A Mississippi State University graduate in Professional Golf Management, Shay Robert Smart has been a USPGA Class A professional since 2000; he is also a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified golf instructor, and a Harold Swash accredited putting specific instructor. Shay’s long-storied career includes positions as Director of Instruction at Joe Thiel Golf Academy and Director of Golf at Palm Island Resort, both in China, and Teaching Professional at Sea Island Golf Club and Head Golf Professional at Glenlakes Golf Club, both in the US.

Fluent in English and conversational Mandarin, Shay has coached Kitty Tam and Michelle Cheung of the Hong Kong National Junior Team, and Wen Yan Ma of the China Guangzhou Junior Team – and looks forward to helping the next generation of golfing talent thrive here at HKGTA.

Elite Instructor

A Ferris State University graduate with a degree in Professional Golf Management and Business Administration, Chris Bronson is a PGA member of 23 years standing. Chris’ expertise in swing mechanics, competition training, and college golf enrolment has led to an extensive international career training elite junior players. Prior to joining HKGTA, Chris served as Elite Instructor and Director of Post Graduate Programmes at Hilton Head Island International Junior Golf Academy (where he taught alongside Gary Gilchrist and Hank Haney), and Golf School Coordinator and Instructor at Jim McLean Golf School, both in the US. He spent a further two years at Tsai Hsing Golf Academy in Taiwan as Director of Instruction, developing and implementing programmes for over 1,000 students. Under his expert guidance, many of Chris’ students have gone on to obtain college golf scholarships and play professionally. Drawing on philosophies from the world’s top instructors, Chris personalises each student’s training plan, maximising their potential and helping them reach their goals.

Lead Instructor

Hailing from South Africa, Mareli Joubert is a University of Pretoria Sports Science graduate, with over a decade of professional golf coaching experience. Her extensive golfing qualifications include TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 3 Fitness Professional and Level 1 Swing Catalyst, and she was previously recognised as Western Cape’s Teaching Professional Of The Year. An outstanding player herself, Mareli joins HKGTA after a distinguished career in South Africa – most recently as Head Teaching Professional at De Zalze Golf Club, and PGA AA class student lecturer, both in Stellenbosch. Her experience and passion, along with studies encompassing sports and exercise science, biomechanics, sports psychology, nutrition and children’s golf coaching, make Mareli a valuable addition to the HKGTA team.

Golf Instructor
With a degree in Sports Management from Eastern Illinois University, Chloe is a seasoned golfer who began her sporting career at university. Her involvement in intercollegiate sports coupled with experience volunteering for major golf events, including the PGA Tour Canada and Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, have afforded her unique insights into varsity athletics and tournament coordination. A committed academic and accomplished athlete, Chloe was nominated for the America National Collegiate Athletic Association’s coveted “Women of the Year Award”. Her ambition and passion for the game is reflected in her instruction style, and she thrives on helping players to develop their game.


We understand that family is the most important priority in the busy lives we all live. At the PGA Development Center, it is our goal to see you and your family enjoy the great game of golf together.


The HKGTA offers a wide range of advanced technology learning systems. Here at HKGTA, students have access to all the tools they need to train most efficiently and effectively.


At HKGTA, we place safety at the highest priority. All patrons and guests are required to comply by the following guidelines to ensure a safe, pleasant sporting experience..