Golf Academy

The Golf Academy at Links Hope Island is renowned for its innovative programs catering for all levels and all ages.

IGC Academy – Links Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

 The IGC Academy has been developed for the golfer that wants to be the best player they can be. Led by nationally recognised Australian PGA member Chris Rutherford as its Director of Methodology, the coaching team at IGC Academy Links Hope Island are committed to providing a service that is comprehensive in it’s thought and holistic in its nature.

 To be the best you can be, a golfer must be focused on improving all areas of their game – On and off the course, and in practice. 

The IGC Academy holistic approach will ensure the technical, tactical and physical aspects required to take your game to your highest level possible are covered in detail. The whole team at IGC are committed to ensuring that every participant is guided at a pace that is both realistic and enjoyable.

 Links Hope Island is a nationally and internationally renowned Championship Course designed by five time British Open Champion Peter Thomson and business partner Mike Wolveridge.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are the fastest way to improve your game with regular one on one contact with your professional. Lessons are available on all aspects of the game, as well as on course lessons. Our professionals can cater lesson packages to suit your needs. For more information or to book please contact Director of Customer Experience, Ian Perkins on 5530 9033 or email

For the latest information on the Links Hope Island Golf Clinics please call 5530 9068


 Teaching Philosophy

The IGC Academy Methodology has been meticulously designed to ensure that golfers of all skill levels, ages and genders can benefit from its content, continue to improve their games and work towards becoming the best player they can possibly be. The Coaching team have been trained on a holistic methodology to ensure that every participant works within their physical and psychological capacity and are skilled to ensure that their basic fundamentals provide the framework for their swing. Recognising that golf swings are similar to fingerprints, in that no two are the same, and taking into account an individuals needs and goals, this holistic approach will cover the following areas: The swing & all facets of the technical side of the game

  • Equipment
  • Physical Fitness
  • Bio-Mechanical Evaluation & Improvement
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Podiatry

The IGC Academy Lesson Menu has been designed to ensure that participants not only improve and work to becoming the best they can be, but also ensure that they are comfortable throughout the whole process.  The Lesson Menu has also been created to ensure that not only does it provide a solution for every budget, but also provides market leading value for every payment made. The team at IGC Academy pride itself on not only the results that their participants achieve but also the enjoyment they gain throughout the whole process. Golf does not discriminate. It is a wonderful game that provides wonderful outcomes. You are never too young or too old to learn. We can make the learning process as social or as serious as you like. Too much to choose from? Pick up the phone and speak to any one of our team and we will happily ensure we provide the perfect fit. We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Links Hope Island resort in the near future and help you to take your game to the next level.


Chris Rutherford 

After completing his apprchrisrutherford1updated1-1enticeship with the Australian PGA and joining its ranks as a Full Member in 1987, Chris then spent the next seven years as a full time Touring Pro, achieving success through developing and fine tuning a solid, all round game.  In 1994 he joined Charlie Earp as Assistant Professional at Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane, Australia and as they say the rest is history.

 Chris has spent the past 32 years, including the past 13 years as Head Professional of Royal Queensland Golf Club, drawing on his genuine passion for the game and has built an enviable reputation in the fields of instruction, club fitting and administrator of professional golf. Over the years, Chris has been meticulous in developing a holistic approach to golf instruction which he is proud to pass on to not only his students but also his fellow instructors at IGC Academy.

Ryan Haller

ryanRyan is a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf. Whether he is in the heat of the battle on the course (Ryan still holds his Australian PGA Tour card and plays regularly in the major events held around the country), or providing lessons to his students, his passion to get the best result possible is infectious. Looking to the future, in 2015, in between his busy playing schedule, Ryan successfully completed his studies with the Australian PGA, under the watchful eye of IGC Academy Director of Methodology Chris Rutherford, and obtained his full Vocational PGA Membership.

 His understanding of the technical side of golf, combined with his tactical ability to get the job done and his wonderful empathetic nature have ensured that the time he has allocated to teaching has been as successful as his playing career.

Don Fardon

After an amateur career that included two Queensland Matchplay titles, representing Queensland seven times and Australia in an under 26 team, Don turned pro in 1989. He was a two time winner on the Canadian Tour, an exempt player (top 60) on the Australian Tour from 1991 to 1998 and played extensively on the Asian Tour with three 2nd place finishes and several top ten placing’s. Don began teaching with Gary Edwin at Links Hope Island in 1999 and was a senior instructor with the Gary Edwin Academy at The Glades from 2001 to 2009. In addition to individual lessons he also taught the PGA IGI University course, conducted mentoring/assessment in tuition and presented seminars for PGA trainees. He has enjoyed success with all levels of players from beginners to Tour players. Notable student achievements include the 2004 Australian Ladies Amateur champion, several Club Champions and over the last two years five students have graduated through various Tour Schools to join Professional Tours.

Evan Sinclair

evanEvan Sinclair is a passionate and enthusiastic coach who prides himself on the outcomes he creates for his students. Like the rest of the Instruction team at IGC Academy Links Hope Island, Evan had a strong Amateur career representing Queensland in Development, Colts and Mens Squads before gaining his PGA Membership, playing on tour and then starting his Coaching career in 2014.

Whilst representing Queensland, Evan not only undertook, but excelled in the PGA IGI program, and was proudly named Dux at the conclusion of the three year course. Evan still plays selected events on the Australian Tour, however he derives great satisfaction from coaching and is passionate in helping players gain optimum levels of consistency from their games.