Published on 20/07/2010
Well folks, by the time you read this I will no doubt already be on my way off to new Italian pastures. I am shortly to leave Fairwood Park Golf Club after almost 13 years as your Club Professional.
Ironically, I believe I am leaving at a time when the picture at Fairwood Park looks increasingly bright, with the golf course in immaculate condition , I can honestly say I have never seen the course play better. This however has been no coincidence as our Management and Greenkeeping Team have worked incredibly hard and smart over the last six years to get it into the condition we enjoy today. The increase in new and returning members from other local Clubs tells its own story.
Your new PGA Professional will be Marc Evans, who many of you will remember, as Marc worked for me during his PGA Training years when indeed he qualified as the PGA's Top Assistant Professional at the Belfry with 5 distinctions from his 5 examinations. I trust Marc will be given the support he needs to make the role at Fairwood a success.
For me, however, it is time for a change.
I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to help develop Europe's number one Coaching Academy and Custom Club Fitting Suite at a brand new Golf Resort in southern Sicily - Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa by Sotogrande is now open, and overnight has become Europe's No.1 Golf Resort destination.
The Golf Director, Marc Campos, has agreed to bring The Italian Open there for the next 3 years, so you may well see me on Sky TV!?!?
An opportunity such as this to further my career doesn't come along every day, and I feel now is the right time to move my family abroad, maybe Lloyd will be able to teach my wife and I some Italian as I'm sure he'll pick the language up a bit easier than us!
Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa is a 36 Hole Championship destination and boasts a 5 star plus service throughout. The Links course is undoubtedly the best golf course I have ever played and the Parkland Golf Course (opening in less than 1 month) has been designed by Gary Player.
Gary has actually put his Signature to this Sicilian masterpiece, one of only 8 in the world that he has given this accolade to! It will be an honour for me to meet him in October when he flies into the Resort for the official opening.
That’s all for now, I hope to be hearing from you.
If you require any more information regarding this offer or any other combination of holiday or even maybe how to get there, please feel free to contact me on my new email address which is:-