The PBGA Coaching Team



Brief Background

Phil Brew is a PGA Member of Australia and Singapore and has been living and working in Singapore since 1999, teaching golf to thousands of people from all walks of life. His passion for the game and empathy for new golfers and seasoned golfers in their plight to become better golfers, coupled with his experience as a player through the game has made Phil one of the top coaches in the country. He loves people and loves the game and wants nothing more than to see happy golfers walking the fairways.

Oddly, Phil did not come from a background of having taken many  lessons himself as a new golfer, much of his development was done through the ancient art of "monkey see, monkey do".  Mimicking is one of the quickest ways to learn to play if you know how to do it.  He even took the game up relatively late, at an age of 17, although prior to that, his childhood was riddled with sport. Rugby football, cricket and then tennis as he got a bit older – all these sports he played at a high level. But it was golf that really got Phil’s attention.

The chance to get outside in the fresh air, be one with Mother Nature, wrestle with her on occasions, escape the pressures of life for some well needed therapy. And then the whole challenge of the game, the intricacies and subtleties of it all, had the big guy mesmerized. He had finally found a game that could encapsulate his creativity as a sportsman, and with his imagination, was able to shine, shine like nobody has shined before.

Phil teaches his students to teach themselves. According to him, that is where the true joy is, the joy of self-discovery. Of course, he is there as your coach to help guide you through that process, but as he puts it, “you will not learn anything if you are not willing to get your hands dirty, not willing to put in some hard yards, not willing to make any mistakes.” The fear of making mistakes is the most crippling of afflictions – you must embrace mistakes and see them as an opportunity to learn something. You only learn not to fall once you have experienced the pain of falling. 

Golf is a journey, always has been, always will be.  Enjoy the journey.


Certified PGA Professional

Advanced: Coaching (Australia)

Australian PGA Member  since 1993

Singapore PGA member since 1999

Former National Coach Singapore

Former Tour Player

Winner of 15 Professional Tournaments

Founder of Phil Brew Golf Academy

Golf Study Tours from China

Brad McManus

Brad is one of the best coaches in the country.  His reputation is well founded with a strong stable of students.  After turning pro in 2001, Brad ventured overseas to America to teach.  He joined our team at PBGA in 2008 and made an impact immediately.  He earned the role as National Coach of Singapore in 2011 & 2012. He was Head Coach of the Singapore Sports School in 2016 and 2017. One of the true characters in the game, Brad will change your game for the better.

Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith has been a member of the Australian PGA since 1972.  A golf professional with immense experience, Geoff has helped thousands of golfers over this time play better golf.  His simple approach to teaching the game has always been the most attractive quality about his service. Give the office a call today to book your lesson with Geoff. 

Gary Tan

Gary possesses the most important personal trait in any coach, he cares for his students.  He loves the game so much and he wants nothing more than to do whatever he can to help his students play better golf. Gary was a student under Phil Brew in his final development to cross the barrier into professional golf.  He managed to achieve that feat in August of 2015.  He has recently completed the Royal & Ancient Rules School Level 2 Workshop hosted by the SGA and attained a Pass with Merit. 

Robert Turvey

Captain Creative we call him, Robert thinks out of the box. A member of the Australian PGA, he has been working in South East Asia for over a decade. There is a simplicity to his teaching that everybody loves and when you combine that with his never ending appetite for helping people improve, given the fact that he is one of the most patient guys around, means that Robert Turvey is a great choice as your coach. See for yourself.

John Li


Golf being a great building block for sportsmanship and character intuition encompasses complexity that attributes to skill, physical, mental, perception and creativity development. John's goal is to embark on a coaching journey to promote the game to juniors making golf interesting and influencing for both recreational and competitive learners. It is also his passion and aspiration to inculcate life’s good values through stages of learning by means of skill progression, persistency, initiative, integrity, esteem, etc… 

RELEVANT TEACHING EXPERIENCE · KinderGolf Pte Ltd – Golf Coach (2011 – Mar 2017) · TeeOne Performance Lab – Coach at Laguna National (2009-2010) · John Master Golf – Golf Coaching, Custom Fitting and Club Repair Business (1999-09) · Admiralty Resort – Director of Golf (1997–98) · 

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