Roger Jones - 30 years in golf and leisure - Career Profile
Roger Jones was born in Shropshire, UK in February 1963 and has spent his entire working career involved in the golf and leisure industry.
Having begun playing golf aged 10, Roger turned professional in 1981 but after four enjoyable years it was evident that he was not going to reach the level required to be a successful tournament playing professional. So he estabished RJ Golf Consultancy in the UK, specialising in the marketing and management of corporate golf events. Clients included local companies to blue chip plcs, and events included a national golf championship for The Caravan Club, and an annual programme of golf holidays for Touchstone Holidays. Other contracts included the establishment of a new golf facility near Paris, France, and as a consultant to Petron Golf Equipment, specialists in the manufacture and marketing of tailor-made golf equipment.
In 1989 he first became involved in golf course design and development consultancy with Chirk Golf & Country Club. In 1991 a contract for the design of an executive golf course at Gap of Dunloe, Killarney brought him to Ireland, and in 1992 Ireland became his new base.
Since 1992 Roger Jones has been involved in the design and establishment of golf courses in Ireland, UK, USA and around Europe. The development, pre-opening and operational phases of developments have given him with a broad knowledge and experience of not just the golf industry but also the wider leisure and tourism industry.
Roger Jones Golf & Leisure Ltd trades as Roger Jones Golf Design and GreenScape Consulting and is involved in projects internationally, including some projects outside the golf industry. These non-golf contracts have included work for hotels, leisure centres, visitor centres, as well as garden design and landscaping including television appearances.
Roger Jones Golf Design has won awards for its past work, including 'Best New Golf Club in Wales 2003' for Garnant Park Golf Club, and 'International Finalist' in the Renovation of the Year 2008, a global competition promoted by Golf Inc magazine in the US, for the redesign and upgrade of Balcarrick Golf Club in Dublin, Ireland.
In recent years Roger Jones has concentrated his efforts on selected established and emerging golf, leisure and tourism markets of the world. In the economic and financial climate since 2008, as the demand for design and construction has stalled, the company has seen a greater demand for, and emphasis on, golf advisory services at the development and operational level.
In 2009 the company was commissioned to prepare a national golf development strategy for a Middle Eastern country that to date only has two existing golf courses, but realises the benefits that golf and golf tourism can bring to its economy in the long term. This more extensive service sets Roger Jones apart from many of his golf development competitors, and is seen as being a valuable addition to the scope of service that is available to clients.
Over the years Roger has established sound and lasting relationships with many other specialists in the industry ranging from buildings architects to engineers, agronomists, ecologists, financial advisors, hotel consultants, construction companies, and many more. He has spoken at a number of industry conferences, written numerous articles and publications, and is a regular attendee at major industry events.
In his leisure time Roger enjoys playing some golf, reading biographies and travel books, cookery, wine, gardening and travel.
Roger can be contacted at any time by phone, email or Skype.
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