Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies
- P.O. Box 565, Pinney’s Beach, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean
Head Golf Professional
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 1991
- First Four Seasons Assignment: Associate Golf Professional, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
- Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas; Westin La Paloma, Tuscan, Arizona; Desert Hills Golf Club, Green Valley, Arizona
- Provo, Utah, USA
- Associate Business Degree, San Diego Golf Academy
It takes calm, cool collection to keep one of the Caribbean’s finest golf courses humming, and Four Seasons Resort Nevis has the right man for the job. Appointed Head Golf Professional in 1998, Bruce Wilson oversees the renowned Robert Trent Jones II course as well as the design and execution of instructional programs, clinics, tournaments and events that add up to the Resort’s signature experience. “Everybody dreams of working at spectacular course like this – my dream just happened to come true,” says Wilson, a Class A PGA-certified professional who has faced down two hurricanes since arriving in Nevis, as well as the needs of a roller coaster terrain cluttered with sugar mill ruins, lush rainforest foliage and green vervet monkeys swinging through the treetops.
Whatever the daily demands, Wilson’s main focus is on creating an atmosphere that encourages play. “We really go out of our way to give guests an experience that makes them feel like they’re at their own course,” he says, noting that little things like recognizing guests and accommodating requests large and small creates an atmosphere more like a private club than a public course. It’s a talent Wilson acquired at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, where, as Associate Golf Pro for seven years, he taught at the golf school and managed tournament operations, including the annual Byron Nelson Championship, a PGA Tour event.
Wilson’s passion for the world’s most frustrating game began as a kid growing up in Colorado where his father was an avid amateur golfer. Though he got “pretty good pretty quickly,” it wasn’t until he joined the golf squad at Fort Lewis College in Durango that Wilson thought he might be able to make a career out of the sport. “I spent more time coaching than the coach did,” he recalls. “Little did I know that I knew next to nothing about correcting a golf swing.”
He certainly knows plenty about it these days. Rather than work on the compensation moves golfers typically use to cover their weaknesses, Wilson says he looks for the root cause of a poor swing – from taking the club too far outside to not turning the shoulders on the take away. “My life as an instructor got a whole lot easier once I realized the ‘root’ is the key.”
Beyond adjusting their swing technique, Wilson’s advice to course golfers is simply “don’t get flustered” – particularly on “scary” holes like 15, a par 5 that runs more than 600 yards from the Resort’s highest point but plays much shorter because it’s all downhill. “The best strategy is to swing easy and let the topography help you.”