HEALTH & LIFEST YLE 12. Does your position require you to be available 7. Humewood is a true links golf course and on weekends, evenings, and holidays, and if so, the “elements” and design play a huge part does this place demands on your personal life? in the way you play a true links, does this Working in the golfing industry, one will always influence the way you coach people? work more flexible hours as with hospitality. Most definitely – especially in the short game However, I’ve been in the industry for long area where typically the high lofted spinning enough to know that I will be off when other peoshot is not a shot that we would often play ple work and visa versa. I’m very lucky in that my down here. We utilize the bump-and-run shot fiancé is very supportive of my chosen career and more often than most other golf courses. understands the demands. 8. As a PGA Professional, what do you enjoy 13. What are your short & long term goals? most about the industry. Short term goals would be to own the Pro-Shop Watching young talent grow into that I’m currently managing – long term goal phenomenal golfers. would be to establish a junior golf academy. 9. The members of a golf club 14. What is your opinion on the state of golf in always come first. Do you South Africa? agree with the phrase “The I think SA golf is at a very high point currently member is always right”? especially if you are looking at our top amateur Honestly, we try to look at golfers that will hopefully filter into our profesboth sides of the story first sional circuit. We need to keep building and assistbefore we make assumptions ing those amateur golfers that don’t necessarily but no, the members isn’t have the means to pursue golf as a career so we always right. don’t lose out on our next world number 1.
10. With consumers being careful on how they spend their money these days, are you finding other ways besides golf to attract people to the club? Yes, we try run a few social events throughout the year to attract more golfers (and non-golfers) like a 2.5km / 5km trail run around our course. 11. Slow play is one of the biggest problems in golf today, how do you manage slow play at Humewood GC? Slow play is a problem that we will always experience as typically golfers don’t think that they are playing slowly, hence them not really noticing that we send out our marshalls to keep the field moving. We also tend to make halfway house grab and go as this is where most golfers lose time.
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15. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love camping & fishing – especially in the Baviaans so every opportunity I get, I pack the bakkie and head out. 16. Do you still get time to play? The misperception is usually that if you work in the golf industry you spend all your time playing golf. That couldn’t be further from the truth. However, I try make an effort to play at least once a week in our member competition days.
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