On The Move At Eastern Ontario Golf Clubs

The new Kingston/1000 Islands Sports Complex features more than 100,000 of field space
The new Kingston/1000 Islands Sports Complex features more than 100,000 of field space
The new Kingston/1000 Islands Sports Complex features more than 100,000 square feet of field space

With golf season looking several golf clubs around eastern Ontario are still busy pinning down staff positions.

Over the weekend several new job hires/changes came to light.

Luke Saunders, most recently working at the Cedarhill Golf Club after several years at Rivermead GC, announced that he has signed on with the Arnprior Golf Club.  Saunders, who was raised in the Upper Ottawa Valley, will be the General Manager and Head Professional for the club.

Down in Kingston, the Westbrook Golf Club has hired Ben Shannon, the former Head Professional at Amherstview. Shannon will be the Head Professional for both the golf club and their affiliated Kingston/1000 Islands Sportsplex – a new dome facility .  “It’s a great opportunity to keep busy all year round,” Shannon told Flagstick.  “I’m really looking forward to it.”

On Monday the Sportsplex, which features a 410 x 250 foot dome as the main amenity, held an Open House to showcase themselves to the public.  With more than 100,000 square feet of field space there were multiple activities happening at once, including golf, softball, soccer, fitness classes, and even a bouncy castle for kids. It’s an impressive new facility.

“It’s been a long time coming and we’ve certainly spared no expense,” owner Ken Harnden conveyed to Flagstick.  “We looked at more than 40 other domes to find out the good and bad from all of them to make sure we had the best possible facility.  That meant addressing everything from the quality of the turf, to the lighting, to the air quality.  We even have HD cameras on the fields so people can watch the action from the restaurant.”

To accompany the dome the Sportsplex has a two story solid building attached that includes locker rooms, a snack bar, administration facilities, a fitness centre, and a 250 seat restaurant.

Also on the weekend Flagstick learned of another job transition, although this one is a little more subtle than the others.  Jason Boyce, the Superintendent at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course, is now the Director of Golf Operations for the club.  Boyce who began taking a more active role last year as far in club operations, says he is “looking forward to the learning opportunities and challenges.”