Five minutes with Bill Longmuir - Our stellar Golf Pro
You're back after a rather busy summer tour. What can you tell us about it?
It’s been a busy but frustrating season, if I’m honest. I returned to the European Seniors Tour and played in the Wales Seniors Open, Jersey Seniors Open, Swiss Seniors Open, Winstongolf Seniors Open in Germany, Scottish Seniors Open, Willow Senior Golf Classic at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire, the Travis Perkins Masters at Woburn and the Paris Legends Championship.
I got off to a great start, finishing T7 in Wales with a 66 in the last round – but that turned out to be the highlight of the summer! I did manage to win the HSBC Pro Am Individual at the Domaine Imperial in Geneva though.
How is the course looking at Royal Westmoreland?
It’s in great shape. We've had a fair amount of rain so there's a lot of growth and the greens are really getting up some speed as the green-keepers are hand cutting and rolling the greens.
You've got some great events coming up in the run up to Christmas – which are you looking forward to?
We have a full calendar leading up to the New Year. I'm particularly looking forward to the Hermits Quaich Better Ball event on New Year’s Even, which is always a lot of fun.
A new study has found that golfers live longer than non-golfers. If there are any owners who haven't picked up a club before, how easy is the sport to get into?
Keeping active definitely promotes longevity and golf is a great sport whatever your age. It’s also a sport that you can pick up at any age. You might not ever achieve that ‘perfect swing’ but my job at Royal Westmoreland, and my entire coaching philosophy, is to ensure that people enjoy themselves and get the best out of what they have.
Our facilities are excellent and there are men’s and ladies’ golf clinics for all abilities, as well as lessons for groups or individuals so it’s not daunting in the slightest.