Like all the business people in the area, Brian Trout is preparing for the busy season. Trout is the head pro at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club and has been on the job a little more than two months.
He officially started April 1, after about 13 years at other clubs, most recently at the Wilmington Country Club as the senior assistant.
“I was the senior assistant but was doing the jobs of the head pro,” Trout said.
After six years in Wilmington, that was one of the reasons he felt he it was time to find a head pro job of his own. His search started in the fall and Cripple Creek opened up later in the winter than some of the other clubs at which he was looking.
Trout also wanted to stay in the state of Delaware, and when he saw the membership size and the facilities that Cripple Creek had, he liked what he saw. It’s also a private club, something he was looking for as well.
The search committee had 60 applicants that they narrowed down to 12 and then again to four. From the four, Trout was offered the job.
“I feel fortunate to be here,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better situation.”
His job as head pro includes giving lessons, customer service, managing staff, managing a golf shop, putting together tournaments and budgeting.
His main goal was that he wanted to bring a higher level of customer service to Cripple Creek. He said he felt he was well rounded enough to do a lot well rather than just doing one thing really well.
Trout also wants to make the junior golf program better. He would like to install what he called “family tees.” They are tees where kids can be more competitive when playing with their parents. The junior program encompasses kids ages 6 to 17.
Trout has been playing golf as long as he can remember. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was waiting to go to graduate school and instead wound up at the Golf Professional Training Program, which he described as graduate school for golfers.
He then worked his way up through the clubs. He started out at The Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa., and went to Jonathan’s Landings in Jupiter, Fla. He was at both for three and half years before Wilmington.
“The enticing thing [in moving from Florida to Wilmington] was the great facility,” Trout said. “It was a great place to learn the ropes.”
Trout is also a Class A PGA member, giving him all the benefits of a PGA membership. Being a member is a defining point in a golf professional’s life and makes them part of an elite group.
“Things have been going well,” Trout said. “Everything is going forward the way I want it.”