Sun City's new golf manager is on the ball
RUSTENBURG, North West (27 January 2016) - Quintin Byleveldt is certainly a man for a challenge. The 27-year-old PGA of South Africa professional took over as the Golf Operations Manager at Sun City only a few months before the 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge, and at the same time his wife was due to give birth.
"It was quite a big step up for me. In six months I've already been involved with four Sunshine Tour events and a major tournament such as the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Then there's been the task of working with international guests and different languages. But it's been fantastic," says Byleveldt, who is relishing the opportunity of managing two world-class golf courses at one of the most iconic of South African tourist venues.
"I always wanted to focus more on the operations side of the golf industry. I did about six years of golf coaching and ran my own academy before joining Tuks for a short time. Then one of my old clients told me about the opportunity at Sun City. I went through the interview process and was delighted when I got the job."
Byleveldt is not oblivious to the challenge facing him as the man tasked with keeping the Gary Player Country Club and Lost City Golf Course at the five-star level golfers expect them to be.
"We've got two golf courses to run, and the maintenance that goes into that is a big job. You cannot skip a maintenance meeting or a walkabout where you're looking at standards. That's a daily job. We want to keep our standards at a five-star level because every day we see how people from all over the world still want to tick off the Gary Player Country Club in terms of their golf bucket list."
The Gary Player Country Club is the obvious flagship golf course at Sun City, and indeed within the Sun International stable, but Byleveldt believes the Lost City Golf Course is highly underrated.
"The GPCC is already ranked really well and has been in the top three in the country the most consistently over the years. Of course I would like to see it return to the number one position in South Africa. But I also believe the Lost City Golf Course is very underrated and I want to see that it gets back into the top 10."
At a greater level, Byleveldt also sees his new position as playing an ambassadorial role for the PGA of South Africa.
"I feel a greater responsibility to show South African golf that the PGA of South Africa is up to standard and our professionals have value to add and can run any facility."
Then there is also the not-so-small task of fulfilling his other role as a new dad.
"My wife and I had a baby boy in January and he's keeping us awake. But we're really enjoying Sun City and would like to stay on as long as possible. There are a lot of young families here and it's actually a great place to raise a child before school starts."