Nigel's back nine...
After a career on the professional golf circuit, Nigel Burch is enjoying what he lovingly calls the back nine of his working life, organising golf holidays for our clients.
Nigel’s addiction to golf started early, caddying alongside Bill Longmuir, now playing on the European Senior Tour. Aged 17 and 18 Nigel played as an amateur in the Open at Royal Troon and Royal Lytham and was one of the first British golfers to be awarded a scholarship to go to University in the States, heading to Iowa, where he studied journalism.
After turning pro, Nigel joined the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, a nation that remains close to his heart. “South Africa is a second home to me. I did well playing in the heat and I made lots of good friends. I was Captain of the PGA in Natal for three years.”
He continued to travel the world playing top courses with clients and is now putting his extensive knowledge to excellent use. “I like putting itineraries together, it’s a fantastic feeling creating golf holidays that people enjoy.”
“The country I didn’t really know was France, having played so many courses there now, I am not surprised that four French courses are in the Top 10 in Europe (Morfontaine, Chantilly Vineuil, Fontainebleau and Les Bordes).
“I enjoy looking for new destinations. There is nothing like going to a place and seeing it for myself.
“I got a real buzz when I went to Lithuania, to the Vilnius Grand Resort. It is so good. It is no wonder it is hosting the European Amateur Team Championships next year.
“Marrakech and Bulgaria are two other emerging golf destinations, keeping the old favourites on their toes.”
“I love doing my job. It is the back nine of my career and I really enjoy meeting and talking to people, especially about golf! Our business is built on personal recommendations and there is always an added pleasure when clients come back for another holiday.
This entry was posted in Simon's Tips on November 14, 2018