Marinus our new Club Manager
Reading Country Club recently welcomed Marinus Weiss (58) as their new club manager and couldn’t have chosen a better candidate for the position given Marinus’s vast experience in club management and extensive knowledge of the game of golf.
Though he has been a resident of Alberton for many years and a member of Reading for the past 31 years, Marinus has been “out of town” on several occasions being club manager at other clubs.
“Though I initially qualified in the IT Industry earlier on in my working career, I’ve always had a keen interest in the game of golf, its rules and the makings of a good golf club,” he explains. In 2002, he took up the position as club manager at Plettenberg Bay Golf Club.
“My family remained in Alberton and I literally just travelled up and down.” In 2006, Marinus and his wife, Debbie, lost their daughter in a car accident. “I came back to Alberton and Debbie and I decided to take time out. For a year we travelled around South Africa, reconnecting and coming to terms with our loss.”
In 2008, Marinus took up the position as Golf Director for Central Gauteng Golf Union, but in 2013 reverted back to club management when he accepted the position as manager at Port Elizabeth Golf Club. He was still quite comfortable in this role when he received a call from Reading’s President of the Governing Body, Kevin Gough, in March this year, inviting him to apply for the job as club manager at Reading.
“I didn’t even give it a moment’s hesitation and within days of the call, I resigned and started heading back home to my family and my beloved Alberton,” he says.
For Marinus, a keen golfer himself and playing off a 15 handicap, Reading Country Club has a special place in his heart. “My goal is to make this club the premier destination for golfers, bowlers and members of our communities in this area. Whether you come here to participate in your sport or simply enjoying the beautiful sunsets over our fairways from our clubhouse patio, it must be a place you want to come back to,” he says.
“Reading has an excellent reputation and I aim to keep it at that,” Marinus concludes.