After our little golf tour it was time to go back to work, this time with a company called The Eden Club. For those of you that wish to know a little more about this organisation you can look them up at http://www.theedenclub.com/. You will find the information you need on that website.
The work is very different from the normal service I provide and it really is nothing more than a chauffeur service for some wealthy people. The interaction we normally have on our golf tours doesn't occur on these events, it's just a case of transporting people from A to B, with a smile of course.
I've done this job for the last five years or so, thanks to my working relationship with Max Espie and his partner Mick Moore. They are both responsible for the logistics at The Eden Club in St Andrews. The work is bearable because of their camaraderie and craic ! In the early days we enjoyed the work the pay was good and we only worked a twelve hour day because all the members stayed at The Old Course Hotel. Therefore all the evenings dinners and entertainment was in the hotel, so once we had got them all back from the golf courses we were free for the rest of the evening.
The dynamics of this job changed a couple of years ago when the club purchased and renovated Pitormmie House, which is a ten minute drive from St Andrews. Now the members who stay at The Old Course Hotel have to be transported to Pitormmie House for their evenings entertainment, thereby turning what used to be a twelve hour day into an eighteen hour day and all for the same money ! As is fitting with the image of The Eden Club Pitormmie House has been renamed Pitormmie Castle, which only goes to confuse the local cab drivers.
The Founders Cup is a tournament for members and their guests, they play a Stableford Competition on three courses, The Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, so the job involves transporting the guests from their accommodation to the courses and back, then when they have showered and changed up to Pitormmie Castle for their evenings entertainment.
So far this summer The Eden Club has supplied me with over thirty days work so I'm hardly likely to say anything untoward in this article, but there is many a time when I am working for them I can't help thinking that things could be so much better, if the powers that be just stopped and thought for a moment.
Poor Mick and Max have been run ragged all summer along with their part time assistant Frank, I don't know what these guys get paid but I don't think it's enough for what they have to put up with. Meanwhile the members receive a first class service unaware of the difficulties that go in to providing that service. Suffice to say that once my four days service was complete I had the pleasure of catching up with some sleep, meanwhile 'Pick & Mix', as they are commonly referred to continue with their long days. Good luck guys !!