ORLEANS–Horace Archer, the golf pro at the Orleans Country Club, did not take the unusual path to becoming a golf pro.
For him, turning a hobby into a full-time occupation happened later in life than many of today's professionals who head into college knowing they want to be involved in the game as a career.
"I was brought up as an engineer and I worked for twenty-five years for IBM after which I decided I needed to continue to be doing something before I die. I decided I should go into golf."
After making the decision, he found a place where he could learn his craft and then move to the next level.
"Once I got into a program to get into professional golf I decided to go into the Professional Golf Association."
Upon graduation, his first job was with Catamount Golf in Williston, where he had done his training.
He had hoped to move permanently to North Carolina after taking a job working for a club down south, but poor economic times forced him to rethink his decision.
"This was during the housing collapse, so the house never sold. Of course I wasn't going to support two houses, so I came back to Vermont and this job was open, I got an invitation to apply for the job, got the job, and the rest is history."
That was four years ago.
Since then Horace has been putting his knowledge to good use at the O.C.C., and this year, the self described "Old timer" has been working with other area pros to implement a few new things, like the inter-club matches for both adults and children.
"Overall it has been positive, especially from the guys who are in it. And the kids, that has been going well. Today we have about 33 kids and they really enjoy it."
When asked about his own philosophy on the game, Archer spoke of one of the most important elements of the job of being a club professional; teaching.
"I enjoy teaching. I have taught all levels and all ages and I really enjoy it. If there was a favorite level to teach it would have to be the teenagers."
The teens because they have both the physical and mental capabilities to be able to execute the movements and more than likely because they are a blank canvas that has not already had bad habits ingrained into their style.
Coming up next weekend is the Arthur Mandross Memorial Member/Guest Tournament and Horace is excited for the event.
"We are getting to a number we can organize and manage. We had 48 teams last year and this year we will probably have about the same, and it usually a great time."
For more information on the tournament you can call the Orleans Country Club at 802-754-2497.
If you get the opportunity, and if Horace is not too busy, sit down and pick his brain. He is a great guy to talk to, and as a guy who loves to teach the game, I am sure he can help out even the most frustrated duffer improve his game.