Tim Trott will one day complete his PGA certification but it isn't his main goal.
The 33-year-old Brainerd native is the new head professional at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Fifty Lakes. Right now he's focusing on making the customers happy and the course successful.
Trott isn't feeling a sense of urgency to finish with the PGA program. He's in his fourth year of the apprentice program and is currently in the second level of the three-level program. But, after spending seven seasons with Chris Foley at Madden's Resort, Trott is hoping to make a name for himself at a new course.
With a carefree attitude, he has taken most things slowly. He didn't start playing golf until he was 18.
"I played baseball up until then," said Trott. "We just went to the high school one day and started hitting some balls around. I thought this was kind of easy and fun.
"Then I went to school in San Diego and worked at a golf course."
From there Trott knew he wanted to get into the golf business. But as Golden Eagle owner Bruce McIntosh put it, Trott isn't the normal pro shop club pro. Trott likes to play the game.
And he knows how to play. He owns the course record at the Classic at Madden's with a 65. Last week he broke his boss' record and shot a 64 to claim the course record at Golden Eagle.
"In baseball I had a good batting average and good hand-eye coordination," said Trott. "When you're playing golf, I have the attitude of you hit, you find it, you hit it again. I don't get too upset over a bad shot. I just hit it again.
"I started late enough, I didn't know any better."
Tim Trott (left) helped Golden Eagle employee Nathan Larson with his putting Tuesday. Trott is the head professional at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Fifty Lakes. (Dispatch Photos by Nels Norquist)
Trott said he was self-taught. He added that he doesn't have the prettiest setup or swing mechanics. But when it comes to teaching, which Trott wants to do more of, it's a different story.
A pupil of one of the better teaching professionals in the state, Trott was influenced by Foley when he worked at Madden's.
"A lot of my style is his influence," Trott said. "We believe in a lot of the same techniques. We both like to make it simple but get results right away.
"That's basically what we're out here to do. Make people better players so they play more."
Trott's goal is to develop a variety of golf schools at Golden Eagle from groups to juniors. Along with finishing his apprenticeship he also wants to make the course successful.
As confident as Trott is in his own game, he's more confident in his ability to make his customers better players. He wont' stop until they are.
"I like to screw around and have fun with the employees and make sure they're having fun," said Trott. "Life is short. Have fun.
"That's pretty much how I approach everything. I want to make sure the student is having fun. I want them to be happy when they leave. If they're not happy we'll stay out until they are. I want to make sure they get their money's worth."
Trott is offering a variety of clinics and schools from short game to full swing. He can customize to the needs of a player or group. He also wants to establish a junior golf program and he's starting women's clinics too.
Individual lessons are available by appointment.
And, if you're confident in your game, you may just want to beat Trott's 64.
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