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Professional Team

Stephen Plane, our Head Professional, and James Carter, our PGA Professional, are an extremely important part of the Team at Banstead Downs, providing a warm welcome to all golfers, excellent advice on equipment and a very high standard of coaching.

Stephen Plane

Stephen joined Banstead Downs Golf Club after 11 years serving as Head Assistant at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. 

After learning his golf in the Academy at Eden Golf Club in Cumbria, Stephen won the Cumbria Under 21 Matchplay and represented the county at junior and 'B' team levels.

Since turning professional, he played on the competitive North Region circuit, before deciding to move south to gain club professional experience at some of Surrey's finest golf clubs. Learning from Lee Johnson at Burhill and David Jones at Royal Wimbledon. Stephen brings to Banstead Downs the service and expertise the members of one of the oldest clubs in Surrey truly deserve.

Stephen's aim, along with James Carter and Sonny Newbury, is to introduce as many people as possible to our great game, with the emphasis on junior golf and the academy.

James Carter

James had an excellent amateur career having been an England School boy and member of the Surrey 1st Team for four years. He turned Professional in 1998 and since then has built a solid reputation in the area for top quality coaching.

James enthusiasm for the game has never diminished and his standard of play and knowledge of the game is outstanding, he has won numerous pro-ams in the county over the past 16 years and is currently in his sixth year on the Surrey P.G.A Committee.

James uses his knowledge within the Pro Shop to offer exceptional advice when it comes to buying the correct equipment for your game.