In his 14 years as manager of The Belfry, Mike Maloney has overseen two Ryder Cups, in 1993 and 2003.
Before he was manager of The Belfry, he was a member of the support team who staged the events of 1985 and 1989.
Maloney has had under his roof every member of golf's aristocracy of the past two decades: Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Tony Jacklin, Severiano Ballesteros . . . you could go on for a very long time with a recital of the famous names. But it's the list of the unfamous that makes Maloney equally proud.
In his time, he has been host to an estimated one-and-a-half million golfers. I reckon Mike Maloney has a rather special place in the game and I'm mentioning this because in six weeks' time he is leaving the Midlands.
He's going to the Murcia region of Spain to manage de Vere's first overseas hotel and golf complex, at Roda, and a second course down the road that is being designed by Jose Maria Olazabal.
Maloney is going because he wants to. He has a house in Spain and now in his mid-40s he is moving his career in a new direction. The 2002 Ryder Cup was his most cherished hour but when it was all over, there was the feeling that he had fulfilled himself in this part of the world. He is frequently asked why he's moving and he struggles for an answer.
"This wasn't just a job for me, it's a way of life. Where do you go from The Belfry?" he said. Meaning, what's bigger or better?
Then he says: "Once the last Ryder Cup was over I starting thinking: can you really stay in one place for ever? No.
"Now is the natural time to move. I need a new challenge and The Belfry needs new energy."
The Belfry's old energy was quite remarkable, injected as it was by Brian Cash and sustained by Maloney when he took over in May 1991. Since then, through its association with golf and its staging of more tournaments than Maloney can remember (the English Open of 1991 was his first), The Belfry has become a famous place.
Its core business, it will surprise some to know, is not golf but conferences and general leisure and in Maloney's time he reckons that five-and-a-half million clients have been there for reasons other than whacking a little ball about.
The Belfry was a Greenall Whitley concern when the 33-year- old Maloney first arrived. In the years since, the one-time brewing company have become de Vere, it has doubled in size and in commercial activity.
And now, while it remains a de Vere concern by management contract, it has a new owner in the Quinn Group, from Ireland. And its new manager will be David Webster from the Dublin Hilton.
Golf and The Belfry will remain firmly attached because business tycoon Sean Quinn is devoted to the game.
Maloney answers to a decent game himself; he was off eight when I last partnered him but his first love was football.
When he played for one of Bolton Wanderers' feeder clubs as a youngster he had dreams of a career in the bigger-ball game but his real living had to be earned the hard way.
He went to catering college, got a job as an undermanager/dogsbody at a pub/restaurant, washed the glasses, swept the cellar and did that for two years. "I loved it," he said.
He had found his vocation. And he worked himself up, was managing a hotel near Manchester by 1984 and seven years later, he found The Belfry.
Of all the memories he has stored up since, the 2002 Ryder Cup warms him the most. "It was perfect," he said.
"There was so much atmosphere, no doubt increased by what had caused the postponement the year before, the weather was great, there were marvellous crowds and some fabulous golf.
"That's the wonderful thing about The Belfry: it has given me memories that will last for ever."
Maloney, you get the slight impression, is somewhat biassed towards this corner of north Warwickshire.
"It's the best Ryder Cup venue in Europe; I've no doubt about that. Nowhere else will stage four Ryder Cups."
Only four? I ask that question because Maloney's parting words are these. "The Ryder Cup will come back to The Belfry; I'm absolutely certain of that.
"And d'you know, my favourite spot is on the 15th green, looking back at the big trees and the hotel. I think that one day there'll be another Ryder Cup and I'll be sitting there in my deck chair drinking it all in.
"I can't think of anything better than that."
* Felicity Johnson, England's new ladies champion, was beaten in a three-way sudden death play-off for the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews.
Naomi Edwards eagled the second extra hole to defeat Felicity and Heather Nolan, of Ireland. But there was consolation for Miss Johnson. She won the Lawson Trophy for the best under-18-year-old performance and she and Naomi and Lisa Ball won the team event for England.