Rob has been a member of the CPGA (Canadian Professional Golfers Association) since 1978 and has been in the golf business since 1972. Before arriving at Miskanaw, Rob worked at Royal Woodbine Golf Club in Toronto, Ontario, Bell Bay in Baddeck, N.S. and Fox Harb’r, N.S. Rob also has vast history in teaching the game, from being an instructor on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Sports Cruises, to the Ron Philo School of Golf (David Duval, Laura Diaz, Bob Duval) as a comprehensive Academy Instructor.
The golf team lead by Rob excels at providing an unforgettable golf experience teamed with unforgettable customer service and golf course memories. From the new weekend Challenge the Pro, to fun and crazy Cat n Dog (mixed) Golf Tournaments, to Opens, Windups, to the competitive Club Championships the golf team strives to provide you with professional, yet fun golf tournament challenges.
Chris McKenzie CPGA, Head Golf Professional
Being born and raised on Cape Breton Island, one of Canada’s premier golf destinations, it seems golf is in my blood. I am Chris McKenzie, and I would like to welcome you to the Miskanaw Golf Club.
I completed the Professional Golf Management Program at Holland College on Prince Edward Island, and during that time had the honor of participating in the PGA tour Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass as a volunteer. During school I worked at the renowned Bell Bay on Cape Breton Island where in 2005 we hosted the RCGA Canadian Men’s Amateur. Upon graduation I accepted a job at the Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club, in Edmonton Alberta where I spent 3 years and had the pleasure of hosting the CN Canadian Women’s open. While in Edmonton I passed the CPGA playability test, and came to Fort McMurray four years ago, 2 years ago I began my new role at the Miskanaw Golf Club.
Sharing my love and passion for golf with golfers of all ages is a genuine pleasure, and I want you to know that I am always happy to hear any of your comments, concerns, or questions. I am proud to be at the Miskanaw Golf Club as we strive to develop a golf experience that exceeds your expectations, and I am delighted to be part of a team that shares this goal.
Our Golf Maintenance team is proud to introduce Superintendent Jessica Vassilicopolous. Jessica came to the Island first, as a member of our Guest Services team. Jessica spent two years learning all the ins and outs of the Island with Guest Services then moved into a position with Golf Maintenance in 2011. Jessica clearly found the passion in her life with working with Turf and has done an exemplary job for Miskanaw these past years. Over the past seasons, she has grown in leaps and bounds and now is the Head Superintendent of the Miskanaw Golf Club. We feel incredibly fortunate to have Jessica leading our Turf Team and look forward to many more years of spectacular course conditions!
Our Golf Maintenance team is proud to introduce David Dionne who has extensive golf course experience in the golf industry. David has been instrumental in bringing the course along and helping it into its best condition ever. David has completed the Guelph Turf Grass Institute’s Turf Managers’ Short Course and if you see David working around the course, be sure to stop and say HI!