Matt Matheson had heard good things about the Golden Golf Club from his colleagues and jumped at the opportunity to take over as the Head Professional when the position became available.
Matheson had previously spent five years working as the assistant pro at Olympic View Golf Club in Victoria before making the move to Golden.
Surprisingly, Matheson didn’t get his golf career underway until the age of 14, but he took to the game quickly and two years later he was playing in provincial level tournaments in his native Nova Scotia.
“I played every other sport known to man and I got a little tired of baseball when I was 14. I started playing (golf) with a few good friends and by the time I was 15 I was playing tournaments, when I was 16 I was playing provincial events. So it came on pretty quick,” he explained.
With regards to his teaching style, Matheson places a great deal of importance on making sure his students are having fun. Golf can be a frustrating game, he acknowledges, something that he knows first hand from competing regularly on club professional tours.
Matheson plans to continue to compete regularly throughout the summer, with plans to compete in the Kootenays as well as a few tournaments in the Okanagan.
Matheson also appreciates working with players who have chronic injuries.
“I definitely like to work with people who have injuries or physical limitations. I’ve got a pretty bad back, knee, thumb, ankle…from rugby and hockey growing up,” he said.
His first few days on the job have been busy, as Matheson has been working to get his staff compiled. There will be a few familiar faces in the Proshop in 2016, but with both head pro Graeme Kreiner and assistant pro Brent Firminger having moved elsewhere, Matheson will be half of a completely new team of golf professionals, with Michael Ladd working as the assistant pro.
Although he’s never played a round here in Golden, Matheson has heard plenty about the course, which is highly regarded by his peers.
“I’ve actually heard from quite a few golf pros that it’s one of the best golf courses in the province,” he said.
Last year the club opened on Apr. 17. With warming temperatures of late, Matheson is hoping they can beat that date this year and have the driving range open and ready for business in early April.