Carl Nicholls has been appointed resident professional at Arcot Hall Golf Club following three years working at Tynemouth Golf Club. Carl took up golf at his home town of Rothbury in Northumberland and then played the majority of his golf at Foxton Hall before turning professional. He went onto study at Lincoln University and during that period spent six months on work experience in the USA at Atlanta in Georgia.
He said: "On returning to the North East, I spent three to four years with Phipps Golf at Parklands before joining up with John McKenna at Tynemouth. During that time I became the Tech Rep for Callaway Golf covering the north of England. I did their custom fitting at a lot of golf clubs along with various Callaway exhibitions and demo days."
Carl started at Arcot Hall in late June and has spent the first few weeks renovating the professional shop.
He said: "I am now looking to develop a base here, improve the coaching side and hopefully do well in the shop. There are quite a few good players here at Arcot so I am looking forward to working with them and developing the junior squad. With there being a lot of potential, I am really looking forward to my future here at Arcot."
He hopes to add a couple of covered bays to the driving range, enabling him to continue with lessons through the winter months and is to continue with custom fitting for the majority of the major manufacturers.
As for his own game, Carl added: "Once I've got the shop up and running, I will be looking to play a little bit more. Although I hope to play in some of the local professional competitions, I believe it's quite important to play with the members.
"The course here is great, it's tight with some tricky holes and if you don't keep it straight, you can get into a lot of trouble. It's not a grip and rip course and you need to think your way around so I'm looking forward to being able to shut up shop and play a few holes after work."