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Mark Truter

Mark Truter – Director of Golf

Victoria Country Club

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What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?

 

Growing up I had always wanted to be involved in sport. As a teenager I was introduced to golf and that’s where my love for the game developed and I decided “this is it,” this is what I want. A game of life where you can be student and teacher at the same time.
How long have you been in your current position?

 

3 ½ Years
What does your job entail?

 

Responsible for aspects of golf operations which include:

a)    Strategic:

Promotion of the facility and club values/spirit

 

b)    Operational:

Coordination of annual golf activities

Oversee golf retail activities

Enforcement of club regulations

Staff training & management

 

c)    Financial:

Assist with preparation and monitoring of annual budgets

Develop and maintain a variety of statistical and financial reports

 

Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?

 

Sustainability is something that has always been top of mind and been a driving force before introducing anything new. It promotes initiative and my goal is always to ensure the buy in from people because they want to.  This will always create a win-win environment.

The beauty of nature becomes more appreciated as we get older, so teaching younger generations to respect nature, animals and each other is a core value system

Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position As a youngster I had aspirations of playing professionally and made a few repeat trips to tour school.

I started my apprenticeship at Kyalami Country Club in 1996.

In 1998 I moved to Victoria Country Club as golf professional 1998, completed my PGA qualification via the distance learning programme.

In 2006 a move to Parys was made for 3 years to open Parys Golf & Country Estate where an interest in property development was born and 7 years were spent in the property industry acquiring my PPRE qualification.

I returned to the golf industry in 2016 as Golf Director at Legends Golf & Safari Resort and then in mid 2017 made a return to Victoria County Club as Director of Golf.

 

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

 

Being recognised for one’s work is an indicator of passion, work ethic and maturity to name a few. I feel I can tick all of those boxes