Meet Our Pros

Every golfer enjoys the game more when they play well, yet so many players continue to play well below their potential and leave the course unhappy. The Royal Oaks Golf Team wants to ensure every player enjoys the game and leaves the course feeling beyond satisfied with their performance.
There are a wide range of skills that must be performed competently in order for you to play well and shoot lower scores, and it is all but impossible for any player to prioritize, source and implement all that information on their own. If all the best players in the world have someone to guide them, to answer their questions, and to build their confidence and help them to play their best more often, shouldn’t you do the same?

The Instruction Team at Royal Oaks Country Club are dedicated to helping players: 

1.    Understand the tendencies of their own game
2.    Learn the required practice to enhance their performance
3.    Implement effective permanent change that will ultimately lower scores
If you are ready to play better golf and have more fun on the golf course, please reach out to one of our instructors today.
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Head Golf Professional
James Brown, PGA
James joins us from Riverbend Country Club where he has spent the last eight years as their Head Golf Professional. James was born and raised in West, Texas. He started playing golf with his father at the age of nine and developed a love for the game which led him to playing in high school as well as on the team at Tarleton State University. James started on his path to becoming our Head Golf Professional by way of Willow Fork CC, The Club at Falcon Point and Lakeside CC as an Assistant Professional and then River Oaks CC. During his time at River Oaks, he served both as an Assistant and then as the Head Golf Professional before moving to Riverbend CC in Sugar Land. James joins our team with his professionalism, continued passion for growing the game and his desire to manage a team of highly skilled Golf Professionals dedicated to providing exceptional Member and Guest services at Royal Oaks.
Director of Instruction
Derek Hooper, PGA
Derek Hooper grew up in Australia and graduated from the University of Queensland with a degree in Sports Science and Teaching. After graduating Derek completed his Australian PGA training and then played competitively on Australian mini Tours for a few years before returning to his true passion of teaching. Derek joined the staff of Royal Oaks Country Club after spending eleven years as the Director of Instruction of the Troon Golf Academy at Lake of Isles in Connecticut. In 2019 he joined the PGA of America. His passion is for coaching serious players of all experience levels to understand that great golf is about more than just the golf swing, and that in order to play your best, you must reach a level of competence in each of those skills. The focus of Derek’s programs is to analyze a player's strengths and weaknesses, then design a performance plan that will improve the player’s key skills and transfer those skills to the course and into lower scores.
Assistant Golf Professional
Tyler Bulterman
Assistant Golf Professional
Shang-Fan Huang, LPGA
Shang-Fan was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She moved to Houston in 2004 to start her junior golf career here in the United States. She earned a scholarship to play golf for the University of Texas at El Paso. During college she had numerous achievements including three-time All Conference USA second team, five-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll and she graduated with a degree in Business Marketing. After College she played on NWGA Tour and Symetra Tour. She is a member of LPGA Teaching & Club Professional since 2013 and is available for lessons and can assist all of your golfing needs.
Assistant Director of Instruction
Robert Scott, PGA
Robert Scott grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. Attending college at Lamar University, he was able to walk on to the Lamar University Golf Team. He later transferred to The University of Houston and finished his education studying electrical engineering. Through his experience competing, he developed a passion for teaching the game of golf, especially the short game. He has taught for several years, studying under various instructors to develop his own style, which is based around great fundamentals. Under Robert's tutelage complete beginners, as well as highly accomplished players, have achieved great success. He is patient and positive, yet honest. He looks forward helping each of you with your golf game!