Sport In Profile UK Issue 17 - Page 48

Arkley Golf Club FOLLOW US ONLINE twitter.com/sportinprofile Arkley Golf Club A rkley Golf Course is a top-rated 9-hole course on the border of North London and Hertfordshire. Sport in Profile Magazine recently caught up with Chair Wendy Living to find out more. SIP: How long have you been involved and what first attracted you to the club? WL: I took up golf when I joined Arkley 25 years ago. At the time I had a one year old daughter and a full- time job. I must have been mad to think I would find time to play golf! At the club I found nothing but friendliness and encouragement and that is no different today. Arkley is one of the most welcoming clubs you could find. Today, as an experienced golfer, I would be attracted by the quality of the course, which is tight and tree- lined, with fast greens - a good test of your handicap. 48 Issue 15 17 SIP: What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your role? WL: The challenges of running a golf club are no different to running a business - we have to keep our stakeholders (members) happy, ensure we stay solvent and try to grow the business. The difference for Arkley is that we rely on volunteers to carry out many of the functions that, in other clubs, would be done by paid professionals. The biggest reward is working with a team of very committed individuals who do act like professionals and knowing that I can rely on them absolutely.