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 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!
 
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 Golf Professional
Tyler Bulterman
Born in Connecticut and raised in the Chicagoland area, Tyler has been around the game of golf since he was about 4 years old. Having learned the game from his father and grandfather, Tyler began competing when he was 8 years old. Being a multi sport athlete growing up (basketball, baseball, and tennis) he eventually gave up everything to further focus on golf. Having started his golf career at Turnberry Country Club in Lakewood, IL, Tyler then moved on to Royal Melbourne Country Club where he was the First Assistant Golf Professional and Caddie Master up until his departure in the Fall of 2017. Looking for a change of scenery and to get closer to family, Tyler moved to Houston two weeks after Hurricane Harvey and worked at Sweetwater Country Club before making the move to Royal Oaks in the Spring of 2019. Tyler is dedicated to using all of his experience to ensure a first class experience for all members and their guests here at Royal Oaks.
 
Assistant Golf Professional
Brandon Mabry, PGA
Brandon began playing golf with his dad and grandfather at an early age. It was from here that his love and passion for the game grew. Brandon began his career at the Golf Club at Cinco Ranch in 2003, before moving back home to Waco to become the Senior Assistant Golf Professional at Ridgewood Country Club in 2004. While at Ridgewood, he earned his Membership into the PGA of America, and gained extensive knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the golf business. In 2011, Brandon took on a new role as the PGA Head Golf Professional at TSTC James Connally and then eventually the PGA Head Golf Professional at Twin Rivers Golf Club. Brandon joined the Royal Oaks team in 2019, where he is dedicated to using his 15+ years of experience and knowledge to provide first class service and professionalism to all members and guests.
 
Assistant Golf Professional
Kyle Doherty
Kyle Doherty grew up in Frisco, Texas. While playing many sports growing up, he began playing golf after starting high school. Breaking 80 less than 12 months after picking up the game, he played throughout high school and into college, competing at Paris Junior College at an All-American level and continuing at Sam Houston State University. After graduating from Sam Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he began his professional career in and around Dallas at clubs such as TPC Craig Ranch, Trinity Forest GC and Prestonwood CC. In May of 2019, he moved into the Houston area and took over as the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch until moving here to Royal Oaks in October, 2020. He loves teaching players of all levels and ages while growing the game!
 
Assistant Golf Professional
Doug Campbell
Doug grew up in Carmel, Indiana playing basketball and baseball. Although he grew up around golf with his great uncle, Joe Campbell, who was a National Champion at Purdue University and played on the PGA Tour, Doug didn't pick up the game until he was out of college. Doug moved to Texas in 2013 where he previously worked at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club and most recently The Golf Trails of The Woodlands. Doug began teaching in 2018 after meeting Franci Betancourt, who is the swing coach of PGA Tour Winner Jhonattan Vegas. Being mentored by Franci has made the biggest impact in Doug's golfing journey. Doug joined Royal Oaks in August and is dedicated to using his 13 years of experience to ensuring all Members and Guests and Royal Oaks enjoy their time while at the club.
 
Assistant Golf Professional
Aron Walker
Aron Walker was born and raised in Florida until he moved to South-East Indiana at the beginning of high school in 2013. His grandfather introduced him to the sport of golf when he was young and that was when Aron decided that his passion for golf would be best served with a career within the industry. Aron recently graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a concentration in Professional Golf Management. Aron just completed the rest of his PGA work and received his class A certification with the PGA in January 2021. Aron has interned at three different facilities before joining the Royal Oaks team in early May of 2020, including TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, FL and Crooked Stick in Carmel, IN. Aron is excited to combine his knowledge and expertise learned from his past experiences with his love for club fitting and helping each member and guest grow in their individual golf game here at Royal Oaks.
 
Director of Buying & Visual Merchandising
Debbie Grabsky
Debbie Grabsky is a native Houstonian. She grew up on the south side but now lives in the Richmond-Katy area. She was employed at Kroger for 22 years as a store manager. After leaving Kroger she owned her own family business for more than ten years. In 2007 Debbie started working at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club, where she was the Merchandiser/Buyer for five years. She joined the Royal Oaks Country Club team in the summer of 2014. Debbie loves living in the same neighborhood as her two grandchildren, Baxter and Bella. In her spare time, she loves to spoil her grandkids and spend time with her husband and two sons. She enjoys crafting, playing golf, and walking her dogs.
 
Locker Room Manager
Daniel Manrique
Daniel joined Royal Oaks in July of 2016 as a Locker Room Attendant and has been an integral part of the locker room team. Daniel began working in the hospitality industry as a busser at Cheddar’s Casual Café and fell in love of the hustle and bustle of the business. Daniel moved on to Drix Restaurant and Lounge where he honed his craft as a shift manager and a bartender. Always mindful that the member’s needs, Daniel has shown himself to be a reliable, dependable leader in the Men’s Locker Room. He is dedicated to continuing the great service standards in the Locker Rooms. Daniel’s goal is to ensure that the Locker Room staff go out of their way to ensure high Member satisfaction and an exceptional experience every day.