Leeds Castle has a new PGA Head Professional: Scott Stevens, and as he sees it, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
“There’s so much potential here,” says Stevens, “but the thing I’m enjoying the most is the phenomenal enthusiasm and support I’m receiving from the Leeds Castle team, from top to bottom. It makes all the difference, especially when there’s all sorts of opportunities I need to pursue in order to grow the game here.”
Leeds Castle’s nine hole course was built back in the 1930s, and as the recent PGA Pro-Ams have proved, it’s a fine test of golf that’s kept in top condition. But as Stevens points out, it’s also got terrific practice facilities, an essential component of the value golfers today demand from their subscriptions, and he’s planning to add a couple of indoor teaching bays as well.
“Leeds Castle must have one of the best practice grounds anywhere, as you’ve got dramatic views of the castle itself from the teeing area. It also has six covered bays and all weather and grass playing surfaces. There’s also an excellent short game area, putting green and so it will massively enhance the experience for those who want lessons – and it’s a stone’s throw from the clubhouse.”
He continues: “My main focus in the short term is to build up the membership, especially the juniors and ladies sections, for whom the course and facilities here are perfect, so I’ve started up an Academy for all ages and abilities. I’ll be trying to put the fun factor into their membership!”
Not only does Stevens have the continued support of the Leeds Castle management team, but also The PGA. Leeds Castle used the recruitment services of The PGA to start their search and then utilised the knowledge and understanding of both Regional Manager, Sam Smith, and Business Relationship Officer, Fiona Champness, during and after their search.
Their support and advice was provided to both Leeds Castle and Scott as a PGA Member during the contract negotiations to ensure all agreements in place suited both parties. And now that Leeds Castle got the ‘Right Pro, in the Right Place, at the Right Time’, The PGA will continue to assist and advise in any way they can, a free of charge service available to all golf clubs and PGA Members.
Stevens, 43 from Cranbook, summarises: “Leeds Castle’s a very professionally managed destination, so linking the golf side of things more effectively is key. We’re already starting to promote golf and accommodation packages, particularly with The Open in mind in 2020. There’s all sorts of opportunities and possibilities here, and it’s now up to us to make them happen!”