James Scade has high hopes for his association with Crondon Park – the Essex venue where he has just taken on his first PGA head professional’s role.
Scade, 29, is back in golf full time after a stint where he pursued a business initiative alongside coaching work at Little Channels Golf Centre.
And the former EuroPro Tour golfer explained how his fresh start followed an enquiry call from Crondon Park’s owner in late summer.
Scade said: “I came along and had a chat. We had a look around and both talked about what we thought. Then I went away and put together a plan of how to increase revenues and things like that. He made me an offer a day later. It all happened very quickly and now I’m here six days a week.
“I’ve played loads of golf courses but I genuinely believe that this can be the best place in Essex. I know people will say, ‘Oh well, you’re there now, you have to say that.’
“But before I actually got the call I’d played Crondon Park a few times with a friend and said, ‘I wish I was practising here when I was playing here full time’ – because of the test it is. You haven’t really got a test like this in Essex.
“The place has got loads of potential and the job excites me. It’s great to be involved.”
Scade started in his new position in September and the coming winter months will see him busily preparing for the 2020 season. But he has already been getting stuck into building up business at Crondon Park’s driving range by investing in modern technology to assist his coach’s eye.
He said: “I’ve just bought a Flightscope, so I’ve got a launch monitor now. I don’t do things by halves – I want to be the best in whatever I do. I want to make this the best coaching facility around and eventually we’ll bring in other pros once I fill up my diary.
“We’ve got a 14-bay covered driving range that’s floodlit. The range is a really good one and we’ve just bought 8,500 new golf balls. We’ve got some other things in the pipeline.”
Scade has long been recognised as one of the most talented golfers in the East and he showed as much in a rare 2019 outing, winning the John O’Gaunt Pro-Am back in late May. He shot a five-under-par round of 66 that day to beat a very strong field. And the plan is to play more in the region next year.
Scade confirmed: “I’m going to play in the Order of Merit events and also in a few pro-ams.”
Looks like it could be a big 2020 for Crondon Park’s newest recruit.