Golf professional marks 30 years at highly rated Northumberland links course
Paul Terras is married to his wife, Shona, not his job as head professional at Goswick Golf Links.
But, often, the distinction between the two can be a wee bit blurry.
“I started at Goswick in April 1991,” says Terras of the James Braid-designed links course just south of Berwick.
“Shona and I got married on the Saturday and I started here on the Monday. So, still at Goswick and still married. To the same woman.”
It means Terras is now marking his 30th anniversary, on both fronts.
When it comes to the golf, Goswick is ranked the 50th best course in England by National Club Golfer and among the top 100 links courses in Great Britain and Ireland by Golf World.
“There is no better course in Northumberland, that’s for sure,” says Terras. “And, I know I’m biased, but I truly believe it’s one of the best links courses in the world. It’s just not as well-known as some of the others on that list.”
For Terras, the initial appeal was the promise of stability at a crucial juncture in his professional golf career.
Rather than go to university, the Fife native opted instead to become an assistant pro at Dunbar Golf Club when he turned 17. Then, after completing his apprenticeship, he tried his hand on the Tartan Tour for five years.
“But when I got engaged to Shona, I decided I’d had enough of the travelling around and wanted to get a head pro job,” Terras says. “That led me to Goswick.”
Golf has seen big changes since then and is now enjoying a post-Covid resurgence.
“For me, the big change has been that I don’t give as many lessons - though I still enjoy it - and now focus more on managing visitor bookings, competitions and handicaps. I’ve also made changes in the shop. We still carry some equipment, but now put much more emphasis on clothing and accessories.”
“But the way I look at it, the shop is about more than selling merchandise,” he continues. “For most people, it’s the first port of call at the club. Whether you’re a visitor or a member, my main concern is that you have a great experience. Goswick might not be the easiest place to get to. But it’s well worth the journey.”