Duran Golf Club’s new head professional is certainly no stranger to Brevard County.
In fact, he’s about as home grown as it gets.
Jeff Turner, who grew up in Melbourne and went to school at Melbourne Central Catholic, has been working at local golf courses since 1994. He took over as the new head pro at Duran three months ago.
“It’s more of what I’m used to,” the 55-year-old Turner said when asked why Duran was a good fit for him.
“I was at Viera (East) for close to 15 years. Being at a busy public golf course is more of what I’ve done in the past.”
After starting his career at Viera East, Turner spent four years at the U.S. 1 Golf Center, had a brief stint at Manatee Cove on Patrick Air Force Base and spent the last eight years at Rockledge Country Club before coming to Duran.
“I was thrilled when we were able to bring on Jeff Turner as our new head golf professional,” Duran general manager Jeff Von Eschen wrote in an email. “With his years of golf experience in Brevard County, he will bring a new level of professionalism and customer service to Duran.”
While Turner has done some restructuring of the club’s tournament schedule, he doesn’t plan to make any major changes.
“I’m not a come in and take over and do things my way (kind of person),” Turner said. “I like to see what’s working, keep those things in place and make adjustments in the places that need adjustments.”
Besides, Turner believes Duran offers local golfers a unique taste of everything they could want and more.
“The strengths? Definitely the staff that they’ve got in place,” he said. “It’s a great golf course. I think it’s the only true championship golf course in the area. You stretch out the back tees and it can be a real test.
“I think the location is a big strength. It’s a growing area. The facility itself, the way it’s designed is a huge strength. Having the Par 3 … it’s a unique brand here.” VV