Beginner Clinics


Akarana Golf Club is proud to partner with Marcus Wheelhouse Coaching to offer members and guests New Zealand's premier coaching team in Auckland's most centrally located all weather coaching facility


Boookings are essential so please book a lesson or email 


Junior Coaching


Become a Junior Member of Akarana Golf club to enjoy beginner, intermediate or elite junior coaching.


Junior Coaching Options

She Loves Golf


A great way for women to start their golf obsession in a fun group environment followed by mix-n-mingle with your new found friends

She Loves Golf Options 

She Loves Golf Thursday Option

One on One Coaching


Book a lesson with a one of the five top shelf coaches of the Wheelhouse Golf Team


One on One Options



Meet the Wheelhouse Team


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Marcus Wheelhouse was a former world number 1 ranked amateur golfer and was a tour player for 12 years worldwide. Marcus is now one of the leading teaching professionals in New Zealand and was voted the NZPGA Coach of the year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

 He is the current Director of teaching at Akarana Golf Club and the Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club in Auckland, New Zealand.  In 2012 Marcus started coaching Ryan Fox who is full time on the European tour and continues to guide his professional career.

Marcus is proud to have helped so many different levels of both professional and amateur players to get to the next level.  He is passionate about learning and is certified in Trackman, Boditrak, Capto Putting and TPI and uses this technology to measure.  Marcus has attended over 25 Major championships coaching and hosting tour groups and is a true student of the game!




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From a young age Fraser Wilkin showed huge potential.  He represented his Club in junior and senior level, was part of multiple winning Bisset Shield teams and was Club Champion. Fraser represented Auckland from age 12-24, until he turned professional at the end of 2012.  He played on the Australian PGA tour, the China tour and the NZPGA circuit.  

Highlights of Fraser’s professional career are being a two-time champion on the Charles tour, finishing 2nd in a China tour event and shooting a 12 under par 60 at Denerau Golf Club.

Whilst still playing some NZ events, he has shifted focus towards coaching and is completing his NZPGA full member certification.  Fraser has worked with Marcus for 8 years already and has a strong understanding of coaching principals.  Fraser is quickly building a good client base whilst also helping with our Junior programs, Academies and Member clinics and one-on-one coaching and is keen to help all levels of golfer from beginners to more experienced.



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Dominic Sainsbury has grown up with golf in his bones.  He has been a member of the NZPGA for over 25 years and counting, and is passionate about growing the game of golf!

Dominic spent time in Scotland and abroad working with players at all levels, in different coaching environments in Europe before moving back to NZ to work with our own NZPGA in education before moving into the role of General Manager for 5 years.  A wealth of knowledge has amounted, and Dom brings this knowledge and delivers in in a very simplistic manner.

Dominic focuses on client’s strengths to help them enjoy their golf more, but also provides a pathway for the technical aspects of playing golf including swing mechanics, putting, chipping, pitching to flourish with the learnings.  Dom is available for coaching clinics and one-on-one lessons.



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Oscar Sachs returned home to NZ after spending 12 years in USA attending University, playing college golf then touring before turning his hand to coaching 5 years ago. 

Oscar has been a great addition to the MW team.  We welcome Oscar back to Akarana where he grew up playing junior golf and went on to represent Auckland in Junior golf from 2007-2009 before moving onto University.

He has a wealth of knowledge and plenty of experience coaching, particularly junior programs, but he is also available for one-on-one coaching.






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Chichi Hu has had a strong interest in golf since she was six years old, and at the age of nine, she won the Senior Women's Club Championships at Royal Wellington Golf Club. Encouraged by her passion, she competed in numerous national and international tournaments and represented Wellington, Palmerston North, and New Plymouth in junior and women's teams. 

In China, she won the HSBC China Junior Championship and the IJGA World Stars Of Junior Golf Championship, but her most notable achievement was shooting a 67 (5 under par) at New Plymouth Golf Club.

Chichi has always enjoyed the challenge of identifying flaws in her game and working to fix them, so after twelve years of competitive golf, she believes she is ready to help others enjoy the game more as well. She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien fluently. Chichi is currently a PGA trainee and is available for one-on-one and two-person coaching, clinics, and junior programmes.