The Uniqueness of the Royal Golf Club

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Gulf Insider interviews Franco Botha, Director of the Golf Operations

What do you believe makes the Royal Golf Club special?
Some might find this strange, but the ‘nodding donkeys’ dotted throughout the course certainly make the Royal Golf Club a truly unique experience. No other course in the region has these Middle Eastern icons right on the property. Another aspect would the atmosphere in and around the club, created by the team we have and the loyal Members of the Royal Golf Club. We are all one big family.

What do you hope to achieve in your role while at the club
Although only a few days into my new career, I would say for now my main focus would be to further enhance the experience Troon Golf provides to our Members and guests. Another hope would be to share as much of my knowledge with the rest of the team in order to help better their future career opportunities.

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Are there any interesting projects in the pipeline?
I have no doubt there will be exciting projects emerging over the coming months. The team does a great job and I feel privileged to be welcomed into such a talented group of people.

How are you raising the club’s profile to non-golfers?
Initiatives such as Family Open Days, tailor-made special events and the super popular Jazz Fest have been in place prior to me joining the team so I would not be able to take credit for these, however they are great for encouraging people of all ages and from all walks of life to join us, whether on the course or off.

How are you raising the club’s profile to non-golfers?
Initiatives such as Family Open Days, tailor-made special events and the super popular Jazz Fest have been in place prior to me joining the team so I would not be able to take credit for these, however they are great for encouraging people of all ages and from all walks of life to join us, whether on the course or off.

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Ultimately, what do you want the Royal Golf Club to be known for?
The Royal Golf Club is much more than just a golf club, beyond the green oasis the club has lots to offer within its iconic clubhouse with award winning restaurants, country club facilities and the amazing staff that make the club so welcoming. So, ultimately – I would like the club to be known for its exceptional hospitality and inclusiveness.