Derek James – Head Professional / Golf Director

Southbroom Golf Club

What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?


It was a natural progression when retiring from being a Tour Professional for 14 years and still wanting to stay in Golf. I became a PGA Club Pro at Southbroom in Feb 1997 and have been running Golf at Southbroom, Southbroom Pro Shop and teaching for the last 23 years.
How long have you been in your current position?


Feb 1997 – present date =   23 years
What does your job entail?


Golf Director/ Shop Owner, Member of Southbroom Executive Committee, The Green Keeper reports to me.    A Member of the Greens Committee, the Marketing Committee, Teaching, Golf Development, Golf Operations, Prize Giving’s, Running of Tournaments including Course set up etc.
Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?


On the Golf Course we are paying major attention to indigenous planting and ensuring a water wise golf course. We do not use any municipal water.   We have a continual program of encouraging Junior Golf. I do free junior golf clinics and occasionally we have free junior golf on a Sunday.
Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position Club Professional Category With the birth of my daughter in 1996, I immediately realized that Tour Golf was not for me. I still wanted to stay in the in the golf industry so becoming a Club Professional was my next move. The position at Southbroom became available, I applied and it’s really been a fabulous journey. I threw myself 100% into the Club Pro / Golf Professional life. Building the Pro Shop up, teaching daily, playing with the members, encouraging amateur golfers to play better & enjoy their game. Golf Course management, course set up, course design and construction. Everything to do with Golf at Southbroom


Coach Category For me, going into Coaching was a natural decision when starting at Southbroom. I do believe that coaching is an integral part of my position at Southbroom GC. I love seeing my Members and visitors playing better. Over the years there has been a steady demand from overseas golfers for lessons and golf holidays, many now return annually and have to gone on become members and home owners in Southbroom.  I really love working with kids and youngsters and watching them develop a passion for golf, just so rewarding.  I have also worked with many Tour Players which I truly thoroughly enjoy.

More than anything I just love to teach at any level. I have spent a lifetime studying the swing and how best I can help my students.

The Short Game has always been a real passion of mine, I love working on it and it is a part of the game that is seriously not taught enough – and possibly not quite understood enough.

Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate to win this award?


This is a tough one as there are so many great candidates whom I respect, so all I want to say is that I am not sure there is anyone more passionate about the game of golf than myself. I do love every aspect of the game and as the years have passed, I really believe that I have become better and better at what I do.