Shahid Bux – Coach at Durban Country Club driving range

Managing director of my own company which is Simply Golf SA (Pty) Ltd

Simply Golf
@simplygolf_sa

 

What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?

 

I’ve developed a passion for the game of Golf from a tender age of 7.

I have fond memories of my dad driving past Windsor Park driving range in the early 90’s and I wouldn’t let him go home without 

us stopping by at the range for me to hit a bucket of balls.

My late great grandfather Mr. Ally Muhammad Bux was a Natal golfer in the 1960’s, as well as President of Durban Golf Club at the time.

He passed away when I was just 7 years old and I still have his Natal Blazer which he was awarded colours for.

I continued to follow in his footsteps and as I grew older I learned what a gentleman he was.

He actually sponsored the late great Papwa Sewgolum’s plane ticket to compete overseas.

I kept playing and winning junior tournaments and my love for the game kept growing as I continued to follow in my great grandfather’s footsteps.

Also, growing up in the 1990’s and watching Tiger Woods dominate the sport was very inspiring and through my high school years I was almost certain that I wanted to become a PGA Professional.

After matriculating in 2002 I decided Golf over engineering studies and I’ve never looked back since.

How long have you been in your current position?

 

I’ve been in my current position for 2 years.

 

What does your job entail?

 

My job entails the following:

1. Coaching of a private school (Al- Falaah College) which I started a golf at and is now part of the schools curriculum.

2. Contracted coach for Durban University of Technology (DUT) for the year 2020.

3. Growing the game of golf in every aspect – 

a) Teaching.

b) Organizing golf equipment at competitive prices.

c) Managing a junior academy on weekends with an assistant coach.

d) Ladies golf development on Sundays at the range.

e) Driving membership at the club.

4. Swing analysis.

5. Online lessons.

6. Private one on one coaching.

7. Planning corporate Golf days.

8. Managing Simply Golf SA.

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

 

Yes, I met with the director and club on a few occasions and requested flood lights to be put at the driving range.

This will be great for economic growth and will also create more jobs as well as giving the general working class people more time

to practice and or take up the sport.

The plans and sponsors have been approved and we will have a floodlit driving range as of next month at DCC which will open until 9pm.

Making it one of a kind in KZN.

Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position PGA Coach – I completed a two year diploma in Golf directorship and Club management at Damelin from 2003-2004.

This contributed to 1 year towards my PGA Diploma. I then did my apprenticeship under Master professional Phil Simmons from 2004 – 2006.

I started coaching during my apprentice days at Mount Edgecombe country club and assisted with group coaching of juniors.

In 2008 I went to the United States of America for a period of 5 years to gain work experience.

During this time I worked at three different country clubs, these included the number one residential country club in the USA – Boca West Country Club in Florida. The other two were Glen Oaks Club and Fenway Golf Club which are both in New York.

So when it snowed in New York I went to work in Florida for six months.

My role in all 3 clubs included teaching and golf operations.

My time in the USA was amazing. I got to learn from some of the best professionals in the game.

Grow Golf – I approached many schools and tried to start Golf within their curriculum and so far I have been successful in doing so at a private school which has the best academic record in KZN.

Also educating people online via my what’s app group by making educational videos for them to watch and learn free of charge.

Started a junior academy at a minimal cost to the public for beginners.

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

 

I would be a good candidate for a few reasons:

Pga Coach – 

1. I have international as well as local experience in the industry.

2. I’ve coached a junior who went to junior world championships and placed 3rd.

3. I have one of the best improvement records across all clubs in SA.

4. I’m booked to a point whereby I have to decline a plethora of clients daily who would like to come see me for lessons.

Grow Golf – 

I’ve grown golf across all demographics in KZN and abroad.