Iain Roberts has decided to seek out greener fairways after more than 14 years as the head professional at Hong Kong Golf Club. Roberts decided on the career change after reaching his 50th birthday in March, and thought an abundance of other opportunities awaited him in the next phase of his life. The Briton was just the third person to take on the challenging role as head professional since the Hong Kong Golf Club was established in 1889. As the second oldest golf club in the world outside Great Britain, the role of head pro is seen as one of the most prestigious jobs in the industry. Taiwan's 'Mr Lu' Liang-huan was the first head pro from 1962-64, and was followed by Joe 'the pro' Hardwick, who spent 30 years at the club before his retirement in 1995. 'It's been a tremendously rewarding 14 years, but there is only so much you can achieve at a private members' club, so I'm now planning to expand my horizons and seek new challenges,' said Roberts. During Roberts' 14 years at Fanling the club has undergone numerous changes. As the home of the Hong Kong Open, Roberts, a former European PGA Tour player, was on hand to help with the tournament's transition from an Asian Tour event to a co-sanctioned tournament on the PGA European Tour in 2001. 'Achieving European Tour status very much raised the profile of the Hong Kong Open,' said Roberts. 'Many of the tour's leading players look forward to competing in Hong Kong because of the traditional style golf course and also because Hong Kong is such an exciting city. 'The composite course is a little short by today's tournament course standards but it more than makes up for its lack of length with narrow, tree-lined fairways and small, elevated greens.' Roberts turned pro in 1975 at the age of 16 and won his European Tour card in 1981 but later realised his true skills lay in teaching. In addition to providing tuition to the 2,500 members, Roberts' remit involved the continuing professional development of his staff and running the club's pro shops. Roberts also oversaw the training of the caddies, and was Hong Kong national coach for 14 years. Roberts has also had to facilitate the visits of VIPs such as Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger. . The Hollywood great asked Roberts for some tips before tackling the New Course, and so Roberts got the former Mr Universe to perform a number of exercises and stretches. Roberts told Schwarzenegger he lacked flexibility because of his muscular frame and should 'loosen up'. 'You're not so small yourself, my friend,' replied Schwarzenegger.