Mark Truter – Director of Golf
Victoria Country Club
|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:
Promotion of the facility and club values/spirit
Coordination of annual golf activities
Oversee golf retail activities
Enforcement of club regulations
Staff training & management
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