Graduate of Golf Academy of America in Orlando
Head Golf Professional
Current Employer: Dorset Field Club in Dorset, Vermont
PGA Member Patrick Berry can sum up why many people are in the golf industry with just a few words. "A golf course is not a bad place to call your office." He is Head Golf Professional at Vermont’s Dorset Field Club, and a graduate of Golf Academy of America in Orlando.
Berry says that beyond business knowledge, people skills have been the most valuable to his career advancement. "Interpersonal skills have made me approachable, and that has allowed me to understand my audience and cater to their wants and needs," says Berry.
As for his education, Berry felt he left school with a solid foundation in instruction. "Many golf-focused degrees concentrate on the business side, but I came out of school with a strong teaching background, which really helps," he says. "The other element that cannot be discounted is that I learned the importance of, and my style of, networking. As we all say, it's not what you know, it's who you know. GAA helped me know the right people."
Berry encourages students to take lessons from as many people as possible to find their style, then stay true to it. "Finally, be friendly and respectful of everybody," he says. "Be the first one with your hand out to shake, and try to be a reason that people come to your facility."
What's in His Bag? Ping
Golf Ball of Choice: Titleist
Best part of his job: "My favorite part of the business, easily, is dealing with the members and guests of the club daily. Customer service is the core of the business of golf, and I love to strive to give everybody a unique and exciting experience when they visit the Club."