Tom joined the team at Deer Ridge Golf Club in the spring of 2014. Since then Tom has worked very diligently to enhance the overall atmosphere and culture of the club. With much success in his first two seasons with the club, Tom continues to focus on transforming the culture of Deer Ridge to be one for all members to enjoy. Tom brings with him 10 years of experience in the golf industry at world-class golf clubs such as St. George’s Golf & Country Club, Country Club of North Carolina, and Muirfield Village Golf Club. Tom graduated at the top of his class from the Bachelor of Business-Golf Management Program at Georgian College with a specialized business degree focused on golf. Tom is continuing his education through the Canadian Society of Club Managers to fulfill his personal passion for continuous improvement. He is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to work alongside and develop the team at Deer Ridge Golf Club in order to maximize the potential of each individual staff member and the overall club operations.
Tom is a young, energetic, and vibrant professional who has a passion for people, health and fitness, and the outdoors. Tom’s energy often pushes him to seek out the activities that yield the biggest adrenaline rush. Tom has backpacked through southern and eastern Africa, jumped from the world’s highest bungee jump, and climbed a live volcano. Tom is an extremely driven individual who works hard to make goals a reality. With a natural ability and passion for leadership, Tom loves his role at Deer Ridge Golf Club and looks forward to breeding more positive change around the club.
Rich joined Deer Ridge in 2013 and couldn’t be prouder to serve as the club’s Head Golf Professional. With 15 years of varied experience within some of the country’s top clubs (Oshawa GC, Angus Glen, Granite Club, and Coppinwood), he brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. He is a graduate of the Business Administration and Professional Golf Management program where he developed a passion for the business side of the golf industry. That passion drove him to learn from some of the industry’s finest professionals and always look for unique and innovative ways to improve both himself and the staff he works with. He believes in developing and mentoring great staff to exceed personal goals and club objectives. He’s relishing the opportunity to constantly work to improve all areas of the club with a direct focus on service standards and attention to detail.
Rich was the winner for the 2015 Retailer of the Year award presented by the PGA of Ontario and also sits on the Board of Advisors for both golf programs at Georgian College. He is extremely competitive and has a passion for constant improvement. He leads by example and works to cultivate the best possible environment for all members and staff. He loves to spend time reading about business, investing, self-improvement, and sports.
Growing up, Jason worked at a private country club in Southern Ontario as a back-shop attendant, which is where he was first introduced to the game of golf and developed a passion for the landscape the game was played on. It wasn’t long before the smell of fresh-cut grass and the sound of machinery lured his attention to the turfgrass maintenance side of this wonderful business. After a few summers at the club he decided to attend the Turfgrass Management Program at the University of Guelph and then a further and more in-depth Turfgrass education at the Penn State University in State College Pennsylvania. After an Internship at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford New York, he obtained an assistant superintendent position at Point O’ Woods GC in Benton Harbor, Michigan, host of numerous Western Amateur events. These two positions were key learning experiences as the focus in both roles was a balance between maintenance and golf course construction, with projects that included green construction, irrigation installation, and major drainage installation, along with a variety of other course improvements. It was these past experiences that secured Jason’s position of golf course superintendent with Marriott International, managing and renovating the course at Red Leaves known as “The Rock.”
Since 2009, Deer Ridge Golf Club has been Jason’s passion as he has manicured the landscape in the picturesque Grand River Valley. He and his team have completed many projects at the club and he looks forward to the continued maintenance of this wonderful Tom McBroom–designed course.
Life outside of work is busy as well and Jason is blessed to have a wonderful and supportive wife as well as twin boys that are very busy. His family is very active and welcomes each new day as an adventure. He enjoys watching his boys grow and become involved in sports and teaches them that integrity, honesty, and hard work are the most important values that one can achieve. If there are any spare moments left in the day, Jason will find a country road to take his motorcycle out for a ride.
Raised on a farm in the small town of Belmont, Laura attended the University of Guelph where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel and Food Administration. Laura is continuing her education with the Canadian Society of Club Managers and through the Golf Management Institute of Canada with the ultimate goal of becoming a General Manager. Laura has worked at a number of different golf clubs throughout her career, including being Food and Beverage Supervisor at St. Thomas Golf and Country Club, and interning in the Food and Beverage Department at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, New York.
Laura is responsible for leading the Front of House Food and Beverage services, and is known for her engaging personality and her goal of always providing exemplary customer service to our members and their guests.
James Skrypec is the Director of Instruction at Deer Ridge Golf Club. James has been teaching golf for over 10 years at some notable properties such as; Olde Florida Golf Club, Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club, The National Golf Club of Canada, Castle Stuart Golf Links and now settled at Deer Ridge Golf Club.
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