Goswick head professional Paul Terras marks his 30th year at the James Braid-designed links course just south of Berwick-upon-Tweed this month.
Originally from Fife, Paul took to the game quickly – playing his first official round on a course when he was 16 before reducing his handicap from 19 to two in one year. Rather than heading to university, he chose to become an assistant professional at Dunbar Golf Club in East Lothian at the age of 17. After completing his apprenticeship, he played on the Tartan Tour for five years, competing against the likes of Paul Lawrie. He then married his wife, Shona, in April 1991 – two days before taking up his role at Goswick.
“When I got engaged to Shona, I decided I’d had enough of the traveling around and wanted to get a head pro job,” Paul says. “That led me to Goswick.”
In his 30 years at Goswick, Paul has seen the game change enormously. “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 shop is about more than selling merchandise. 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.”