Derwynne Honan, the director of golf at the Dorset Golf and Country Club, is leaving at the end of the month to concentrate on his expanding corporate golf business.
He plans to continue living in the county and will remain attached to the club as a player.
Assistant professional Scott Porter, 30, is being promoted to head professional at the 27-hole complex near Wareham.
Wembley-born Honan, 40, rejoined the club almost six years ago after giving up a lucrative job running golf at Galgorm Castle, Ballymena, in Northern Ireland, after only a few months.
He has been involved with the Volvo golf programme for many years and plays a key corporate role at the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Volvo Masters in Spain. He has just returned from Valderrama.
This year he inaugurated the Volvo Golf Club that holds events at prime courses around the country.
He has been a prominent and successful player in the Dorset PGA-Bournemouth Alliance and has also earned a reputation as an accomplished coach and has coached the Dorset women’s team.
Honan had previously been golf manager at Stocks Golf and Country Club, Tring, for three years before he joined East Dorset after Graham Packer moved to Three Rivers in Essex and Kim Thomas moved to the Forest of Arden.
He was previously at Sudbury, from the age of 16, and then Foxhills as head assistant. He also spent ten months playing in the Far East and Australia.
Porter comes from Bridgwater in Somerset and was a member of Enmore Park where he played off a handicap of one and appeared in the county team at all levels.
His father Chris Porter, a well-known Swindon Town, Plymouth and Yeovil Town footballer, introduced his son to golf at the age of six. He is joining The Dorset as a member next year.
He taught in Toronto, Canada, spent six months at Bristol club Stockwood Vale as assistant to John Richards and a few months playing full-time on the Mastercard and Europro Tours.
He suffered a setback when he snapped knee ligaments while playing football in Bridgwater and was sidelined for 18 months.
Apart from that he has been associated with Graham Packer, who runs The Dorset with proprietor John Champion, for a decade.
He moved to Three Rivers as a 20-year-old and became Honan’s assistant at The Dorset exactly two years ago.
His assistant will be John Elsdon, 19, from Wareham, who recently signed up as a PGA trainee professional.
He said: “This is a superb move for me. The club is moving forward and I couldn’t be working at a better place. The range is busy every night and there is a new video teaching room being installed that will be the only one of its kind in the area.
“I also plan to play in regional and Alliance tournaments next year as time permits.”
Packer said: “We are sorry to see Derwynne leave but are pleased he will continue to be attached here. He has become really involved with his corporate company and great opportunities are coming up for him.
“Scott is very popular and has done a very good job since he has been here.
“We are building a new custom-fit swing analysis centre on the driving range and he will play a big part in getting that going.
“The club has expanded over the past two years and we have taken a lot of new members. The course is also in stunning condition.”
The club are about to build two more luxury Scandinavian log houses alongside the course after the success of the first two.