...and 'Welcome' to our New Professional!
Chippenham Golf Club opened its doors to a new Professional this November when it welcomed Nick Horrocks to the club.
Nick joins the club to coincide with the departure of Bill Creamer when he retired as Head professional earlier in the month. He joins us with sport in his blood and has been a keen sportsman since an early age. Nick excelled as a footballer as well as a golfer as a young teenager, representing Plymouth Schools, Plymouth Argyle and the South West of England at football. As a golfer he joined the China Fleet Country Club in Cornwall at the age of 13, quickly reducing his handicap to 5 before crossing the border back into Devon and particularly Yelverton Golf club where he reduced his handicap to +1 by the age of 18.
Nick represented Cornwall at junior level and Devon at Junior, youth and eventually gained first team honours, representing them for a four year period until turning Professional in 2002 aged 22.
Nick's first club as a Pro was Thurlestone Golf Club. He has followed this up with positions at China Fleet Country Club, Teign Valley Golf Club, Orsett Golf Club in Essex and The Plymouth Golf Centre (American Golf) and finally as Head Professional at Staddon Heights Golf Club, a role he has held for the last six and a half years.
His experiences have helped him gain vast knowledge in custom fitting, retail and coaching as well as being an accomplished player. He has competed on the European Challenge Tour and Europro tour and won many Pro-ams and individual events as well as The South West Winter foursomes in 2014. He has held numerous course records including a 63 at Teign Valley in 2006 which still stands.
As a coach Nick is constantly striving to improve his knowledge and has recently been lucky enough to spend some time with major winners Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson's coach Pete Cowen."
Asked about his future at Chippenham Golf Club Nick commented, “I have many exciting plans for the future at the club and I am also very positive at the opportunities that the role presents and look forward to providing a host of services that are second to none. “ He added “These services are to include a retail shop that competes with the leading high street and internet retailers. We also boast the most comprehensive custom fitting service in the area.”
Nick was keen to note “We benefit from having a full qualified PGA team that are experienced in all areas of the industry. We are extremely fortunate to retain the services of Claire Burrows who is a fantastic coach and will head up our ladies custom fitting service and Justin Hennesey who runs an extensive trolley and buggy repair service. We really do have something special here in Wiltshire”.