An East Lothian golf pro’s shop has been voted the ‘Best of British’ after undergoing its first big rebuild since it was originally used as a club-making factory more than 120 years ago
The Links Shop at North Berwick Golf Club run by Martyn Huish scooped the coveted ‘Pro Shop of the Year’ prize at the TGI Golf Awards in Manchester.
Originally Ben Sayers’ factory, it beat competition from more than 500 other stores from across the UK & Ireland that are part of the leading golf retail services group.
“The building has been pretty much untouched since it was built,” said Huish, who took over the pro’s post at the historic club from his dad David in 2009.
“My father made some minor changes, but the time was right for a complete change. We totally gutted the Pro Shop, added new electrics, flooring, roofing, a new office at the rear along with a stock room.”
The refit took three months to complete and has changed the shop into a modern retail environment.
“You cannot take on a task like this on your own – you need to have loyal and dedicated staff with you who share the same vision to work in the same direction,” added Huish.
The award has come ahead of North Berwick staging the inaugural Scottish Open qualifier in July, when home-based players will get the chance to earn spots alongside Rory McIlroy & Co at Gullane the following week.
“It now looks less of a Pro Shop and more of a modern retail outlet,” continued Huish. “It’s now a slick environment that has something for everyone. We are open to anyone, not just golfers – in fact, we often have people who are walking their dog along the beach pop in and spend some time in the shop because it’s a nice environment to be in.”