When Kim Swan walked away from teaching at Port Royal Golf Course, after building a clientele for over ten years, many questioned his decision. But the former PGA European Tour Player, former President of the Bermuda PGA and the current Bermuda PGA Secretary shared: “As the Chairman of Bermuda Government Golf Courses we recently reorganized our senior management structure and appointed a Head Golf Professional at Port Royal Golf Course.
“A vacant post for many years and during that period my presence as Teaching Golf Professional filled that valuable gap. But when we (Trustees) appointed a Head Professional, my deference for our professional code of conduct and the respect we must show for a fellow golf professionals, necessitated that I voluntarily step aside.”
Enter Newstead Belmont Hills Spa & Golf Resort.Since the new year Kim Swan can now be found teaching at Newstead Belmont Hills, where his younger brother and protege Darron Swan has been the Director of Golf since 2008.
Kim Swan explained: “One of the best things that I ever did as a Golf Professional & Manager was to train and mentor others to enter the golf profession.
“When Darron realized that I would be without a base to ply my trade, he was keen to welcome me to join the Belmont Team as a freelance Teaching Pro.”
Few will remember the original Belmont Manor Golf Club but Kim Swan recalls fondly having been a Belmont fixture from 1974 – 1980 working in the hotel and playing golf with hotel guests and members.
Swan recalls: “While I started at Port Royal it was at Belmont under Alex Crofton, Golf Professional that my talent was nurtured and polished. Being here at Belmont is mystical, as I retrace my steps back in time and relive the a glorious period of that portion of my life, I am grateful as I attempt to rekindle the talent I still possess.”
Kim Swan admits that he is still searching for a permanent golf home & contractual arrangement to ply his trade & express his golf talents, but in the interim, is appreciative of the Newstead Belmont Hills Resort Team who have embraced him.