Alan Tait, one of the most recognised faces in Scottish golf, has swapped Dalmahoy for Deer Park to take up a new challenge.
The 48-year-old has made the short move west to become general manager at the Livingston venue, where he brings a wealth of experience.
In his amateur days, Tait won the Scottish Boys, beating Turnhouse’s Euan McIntosh in the 1986 final at Dunbar.
Three years later, the Irvine man also came close to claiming the Scottish Amateur, losing to Ayr Belleisle’s Alan Thomson in an all-Ayrshire title shoot-out at Moray.
As a pro, Tait became the first player to shoot 64 at Carnoustie – he still shares that record – and made it on to the European Tour in 1997 before switching his focus to club management, starting out at Westerwood near Cumbernauld. He then had spells at the Carrick on Loch Lomond and Macdonald Spey Valley in Aviemore before moving to Dalmahoy, where he spent eight enjoyable years.
It’s with a heavy heart that Tait left what he called the “big hoose” at the Kirknewton venue for the final time as an employee, but he’s excited to be part of a new era at Deer Park.
“This is my first general manager position,” he said. “I have worked extremely hard over the last few years developing myself in the hospitality and leisure industry and the time is absolutely right for me to make the move.
“Deer Park is a great venue catering for all ages with lots of different activities. Alongside the golf course, the club is also home to one of the best West Lothian wedding venues.
“In addition, it has a range of fantastic restaurants, state-of-the-art gym facilities, a relaxing spa and its own ten-pin bowling centre, so there’s definitely enough for me to get my teeth into and keep me busy.”
“One of my main areas of focus will be to look after our golf and country club members and to drive new members to the club, which I appreciate is challenging at the moment.
“However, with the product we have at Deer Park and the value we offer, I am confident this is achievable.”
Deer Park owner John Muir is delighted to have Tait on board. “To focus on all elements here, you need an exceptional manager and, with Alan’s extensive experience and background, we have found such a person,” he said.