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Chris Pope - Owner

Chris acquired the range in July 2011 and immediately set about the task of creating a golf centre where golfers and non golfers of all ages, abilities and experience can practise every aspect of their golfing skills.

After a career in banking, corporate finance and his own business consultancy Chris brings his business experience to Sunderland Golf Centre. Chris wants Sunderland Golf Centre to be THE place to golf in this area, and part of that plan is to bring the finest coaches into the facility, and in particular to help develop young talent.

07870 603 827  or  0191 516 8600


Steven McDonnell - PGA Teaching Professional

A PGA Level 2 qualified coach, all lessons include video analysis.

An elite sports professional as a junior having played county cricket and semi-pro football, Steven’s passion was always golf and he turned professional in 2015 with a handicap of +1.

Steven lived most of his life in Cambridgeshire and the Midlands but his roots were always in the North East and he moved back in 2013.


Steven’s aim after turning professional in 2015 was to develop golf for the North East of England.

He started his golf career at Close House PGA Academy as an Assistant Professional and after 2 years of being a professional he is well on his way to making his mark in the golf game, delivering the biggest tri-golf project in

North East schools which is ongoing, helping set up and coach in 3 junior academies whilst being in regular contact

with England Golf and Golf Roots.


A serious back problem in 2016 hindered his playing career but now with a full recovery Steven hopes to play and deliver

golf to a very high standard for Sunderland Golf Centre, having played in Open qualifying in 2017 and many North East/North West PGA events.