If you're a golf fan, as many of our clients are, you may have seen our recent interview with Sarah Stirk, Sky Sports golf presenter and director at Xclusive Golf.
In the second in our series of golf-themed features, we sat down with Charles Le Sueur, Head Professional at Alderley Edge Golf Club (AEGC), to talk about his favourite aspects of working at the club and his top recommendations for golf equipment this year.
Can you give us a brief overview of your career background?
After leaving school I went to the University of Birmingham and completed a three-year degree in Applied Golf Management Studies. This degree covered golf coaching, business studies, accounting and finance, sports science, golf psychology, equipment technology and event management. This has proved to be very useful in my previous and current roles.
After university I worked at La Moye Golf Club in Jersey as an Assistant Professional. I then played full-time tournaments for a season, mainly in the south of England, before being appointed Head Professional at Alderley Edge Golf Club.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities at AEGC?
My main responsibilities at the club are helping members and visitors to improve their golf in our state-of-the-art indoor golf studio, and stocking the golf shop with a wide range of golf equipment, clothing and accessories. I am also responsible for the smooth running of the golf course, making sure all golfers are enjoying themselves.
Linked in with the above, I am also responsible for helping to attract new golfers to increase the amount of golf played at the club.
Can you tell us a bit about the golf simulator?
Two years ago AEGC extended my golf shop to create space to install the golf studio. Firstly, the technology in place is extremely popular for golf lessons - we have video analysis so that golfers can see what they are doing wrong in terms of their swing.
The Flightscope ball tracking radar gives golfers a lot of data about exactly what the ball is doing during the shot, but also what the club is doing when making contact with the ball. This helps people to understand the causes of their bad shots and speeds up the learning process.
Secondly, the golf studio has a simulator that can be hired out to play a range of different courses, including The Old Course at St Andrews, Pebble Beach and Gleneagles. This proves to be very popular through the winter. Up to four people can play a match against each other at the same time.
What are your favourite things about working at AEGC?
Without doubt AEGC is the friendliest club I have ever worked at. The vast majority of the members play regularly and also get involved in all the social activities at the club, which gives the club a great atmosphere. The club also has an extensive competition calendar with tournaments for all levels of golfer.
What do you think makes AEGC a great course?
Being a nine-hole course puts a number of people off, but the undulating nature of the course keeps it very interesting and challenging. The brook that runs across the course comes into play on seven of the nine holes, which adds to the challenge.
What are your top recommendations for golf equipment?
Woods - This year's TaylorMade R15 driver. The adjustable weights allow it to be set up for golfers wanting distance or consistency (or both!). The Ping G30 is proving to be very popular, too.
Irons - The TaylorMade RSI irons range is fantastic, giving golfers a lot of forgiveness for off-centre hits.
Clothing - The new range of FootJoy clothing looks great with both athletic and comfort-fitting shirts and trousers.
Shoes - Look out for the FootJoy Hyperflex range of shoes.