Rockland, Ontario’s Outaouais Golf Club has a new leader, and it’s a familiar face.
Pierre Charette, a native of Masson, Quebec, confirmed in a conversation with Flagstick.com that he has signed an agreement to become the new General Manager and Head Golf Professional for the Outaouais Golf Club. It is a returning role for the 50 year-old who left the Head Professional position at the club in 1999. He replaces Don Westphal.
Charette is currently the Director of Golf for the Chateau Cartier Golf Course at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Les Vieux Moulins Golf Club, both in Gatineau, and he will maintain those positions along with his involvement as an owner of “Golf Xtra”, a third-party tee-time reseller.
‘Yes, I’ll be quite busy but I talked to my owners at the other clubs and they are okay with it,” said the Class A PGA of Canada Professional.
As a shareholder Charette has kept an interest in Outaouais, a club that traces its roots back to 1959 (see our 2012 profile story here), and his recent participation within a planning committee prompted his renewed involvement at a deeper level.
‘Things have been challenging for the club so a committee was formed with business-minded people to look at short, mid and long term strategies. There was a lot of good ideas and people really did their homework. We just needed somebody to guide it and I was asked. I thought about it and we came to an agreement.”
While the golf market has been highly competitive in the National Capital Region, including the east end, where Rockland is located, Charette is confident that their club has a strong future looming.
“We have two developers building 2000 new homes just two minutes from the course so we will be looking to draw some golfers from there. With 27 holes and plans for more flexible ways for people to join and play we think we have a good opportunity to be successful.”
Charette says they will try and be more in tune with the needs of modern families and golfers and not depend on a dated model of doing business. He also expects to announce plans for their Food & Beverage Operations soon.
“I know this course, the area, and the people. That helps and I am looking forward to a great year ahead. It has always been an amazing place and that will continue.”