Meet the Team

Our team of highly dedicated and talented PGA qualified Golf Professionals have decades of experience in golf, and pride themselves on creating a friendly and welcoming environment.

Paul Sainsbury

Director of Golf

Paul is a qualified PGA Member having commenced at The Lakes in 2011 as a casual in the Golf Shop, and since then he went on to complete his PGA Traineeship at the Club in 2014.

After gaining his qualifications Paul was offered the position of Assistant Director of Golf, and was then promoted to Director of Golf in July 2017.

Paul is responsible for the entire golf operations of The Lakes, and works closely with Teaching Professional Charles Kares in managing the Golf Academy.

For any questions regarding golf tuition at The Lakes, please contact Paul via

Charles Kares

Teaching Professional

Charles is a devoted and passionate golfer, becoming a PGA Member over a decade ago. Focusing on his playing career early, Charles has experienced the highs of tournament golf competing in the Australian Masters, NSW Open and NSW PGA.

In 2010 Charles turned his focus to coaching, and has quickly built a reputation as a highly regarded instructor. This was solidified in 2013 when he was awarded the NSW/ACT PGA Teaching Professional of the year. Charles won this prestigious award a second time in 2020!

Charles has had great success with golfers of all levels, coaching club golfers to club championship wins along with Professional wins on international PGA Tours.

During his coaching, Charles has become accredited as Level 2 Trackman Professional, Level 2 Sam Puttlab Professional, K-Vest Professional, TPI Professional, and Dr. Kwon Biomechanics Professional.

Charles enjoys all aspect of coaching from helping you make more putts to increasing your length and accuracy with your driver.

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Peter has been a proud member of the PGA of Australia for approximately 30 years. He has been a regular participant on the PGA tour of Australasia, European Tour and PGA Tour of America. Peter played in 26 majors and two President’s Cups.

Over these years Peter has competed with many of the games greats including Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods just to name a few.

As Peter looks to cut back his playing schedule, he is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of the game he loves with The Lakes Members.



Skye is a former Lakes Member having won our Club Championship on two occasions, who has developed her teaching craft for almost a decade including experience at Manly Golf Club, Moore Park Driving Range, Millbrook Resort in New Zealand and Nicklaus North Golf Course in Canada.

Skye is currently an Advanced Coach with the PGA of Australia, qualified with the Titleist Performance Institute and has displayed an ongoing commitment to developing her skills with professional development both in Australia and internationally in recent years.

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