Werner Bernhardt- Golf Operations and Sale Manager

Paarl Golf Club at Boschenmeer Estate

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Werner Bernhardt
Werner Bernhardt

 

What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?

 

I was still a youngster starting out at Fancourt in 2001, and I saw how the PGA Professionals improved the overall golf experience for members and guests, and from there I knew I wanted to be a PGA Professional.

 

How long have you been in your current position?

 

6 years

 

What does your job entail?

 

I oversee the golf operations at Paarl Golf Club, from when the members/visitors book their tee time to when they sink their final putt. This includes, but is not limited, booking process, check-in, carts, caddies course set-up, handicaps, member competitions, golf days, staff management, member and guest liaison, revenue and membership growth and members and visitors’ relations.

 

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

 

The relationship between the PGA Professional and member/visitors should be your number one priority at your Club. No matter how challenging it can be at times, your title is “PGA Professional” and you must emulate that. I have been in the golf industry for 19 years, and all my experience not only came from working in the golf industry, but also from listening to the people (Club Managers and PGA Professional) who have more experience than I do, and soaking up as much information as I could to ensure I keep improving. Also make sure you share as much of your experience with the next generation of PGA Professional to ensure continuity and growth in the golf industry.

 

Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position

 

Fancourt Hotel and Coutry Estate 2001 – 2007

Durban Country Club 2007 – 2009

Bryanston Country Club 2009 – 2013

Humewood Golf Club 2013 – 2014

Paarl Golf Club at Boschenmeer Estate 2014 – 2020

 

 

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

 

I do not think I should be answering this question. I would rather hope that the friendships and relationships I have built with my fellow PGA Professionals throughout my year in the industry will stand me in good stead to be a worthy candidate for this award.