The latest woman to take control of a golf club is Heather Tubb at Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, Hampshire. In a traditionally male-dominated sport, the 49 year old Southampton-born Tubb has joined the rising number of female General Managers in UK golf – although she is still one of only a handful of women running a golf club in Hampshire.
Cams Hall Estate Golf Club is a 27-hole waterside venue surrounded by the north-western reaches of Portsmouth Harbour. Tubb is a familiar face among members at the picturesque club, having been part of the management team there since 2007. She brings over 22 years’ experience in golf and hotel management to the role, in a career which has taken her to a variety of venues including the popular Abbotsley Golf Hotel in Cambridgeshire, where she was Assistant Manager.
Heather Tubb, who is the first female General Manager in Cams Hall Estate’s 25-year history, has a simple piece of advice for those looking to succeed in a hospitality career. “Be a people person,” she said. “It may sound like a cliché, but in my case it’s true. I am definitely not one of those managers who hides behind a desk! I think it’s far better to be visible, dealing with things face-to-face.
“Apart from the sporting aspect, people come to golf clubs these days for all sorts of reasons – for parties, to meet friends, enjoy a Sunday lunch or maybe as an alternative place for a work meeting,” she said. “Both at Cams Hall and across all Crown Golf clubs, we’re striving to make golf more welcoming and inclusive for people from all walks of life. That’s now my responsibility.”
Next year, Tubb has a major anniversary to plan for – the golf club’s 25th. “2018 is important for us,” she said. “In just 25 years we have built a very good reputation for our two golf courses, our amazing setting, and for being great hosts.
“Plus we are growing women’s golf rapidly here, and we are proud that we have one of the largest Ladies sections in Hampshire. We’ll be working hard to make the club even more family-friendly as we approach our official 25th anniversary in October 2018, including a drive to increase our Junior section. But most of all, it will be a time to say thanks to all those wonderfully loyal members who have joined Cams Hall Estate Golf Club since we opened in 1993.”