New Golf Club Steward Planning More Events This Year

golf club championship boardThe new Steward of Scilly’s Golf Club is hoping to put the venue on the map with more sporting and social events this year. And there’ll be a close working relationship between the clubhouse and one of the town centre pubs.

James Squire started in his new role last month. He previously worked in the Bishop and Wolf for 18 months and he’s going to be working closely on the Golf Club operations with Emma Butcher, the pub’s landlady.

James is originally from Oakhampton in Devon but says he “caught the Scilly bug” as soon as he stepped of the boat for the first time.

And he can see plenty of similarities to that Dartmoor tourist location. “Just substitute the moors for the sea,” he says.

Although he’s managed several pubs and restaurants before, he says he was keen to take on a new challenge. This is the first time he’s run a golf club.

James says the busier lunchtimes in the clubhouse mean an earlier start to his day. But he’s hoping to entice more islanders and visitors in during the evening, which is traditionally quieter and has been more of a challenge for the club.

James has brought in some real ales including a weekly guest beer.

He says the days are “long gone” when golf clubs had exclusive clubhouses and people paid to be a social member.

To break even, they need to have other sources of income too, especially with the limited numbers in Scilly.

There are currently 187 members signed up, says James.

He’s got a few ideas for the winter months too, saying he wants to offer something different for islanders and build on the themed events he started in the Bishop and Wolf last year.

He’s also planning some events over the summer.

Those will kick off with a charity Help For Heroes golf challenge during the longest day on 21st June, which will include a real ale festival and a barbecue.

James says he’s looking forward to his new role. He is a golfer and has a handicap of 25.