Building Maintenance Manager
Phone: (403) 591-7070 EXT 339
Bill’s mandate is to improve and maintain 15 buildings associated with golf course operations – with a steady stream of quips and jokes along the way.
While his work history has taken him all over the world, he says Kananaskis is simply unbeatable. He has been here for over half a decade and has learned to love the unlovable sport of golf along the way.
Bill stays busy throughout the year maintaining the buildings and equipment, and tries to take advantage of the running trails and ski hill when he can. In his down time he is watching the Oilers and F1 and generally whitling his precious life on this planet away on the internet. He also loves his dog Squirrel.
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Associate Golf Professional
Phone: (403) 591-7070 EXT 320
Hello! My name is Michael Nutt and I am the Associate Golf Professional here at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course. I am originally from a small town in Ontario called Ingersoll but I have been here since 2019! Some of my passions are cheering for horrible sports teams (go sens, go bengals), short game practice, continuously learning more about the golf swing and of course, a nice glass of red wine (preferably merlot).
When I was 9, the whole hockey team I was on got golf memberships for the summer. I was hooked right away and never looked back. I took the PGM program at Fanshawe College and played on the golf team too. In 2017 I decided to move out west and worked at the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club. In May 2018, I decided to take a shot at my pro card and ended up birdieing my 36th hole to get it on the number! While in Jasper, I had the opportunity to come play Kananaskis in July 2018. Before I even stepped foot on the first hole of Mount Kidd, I knew that I wanted to work here. I was in awe of not only it’s beauty but how friendly everyone was, this wasn’t just a job, this was a family.
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PGA of Canada Head Professional
Phone: (403) 591-7070 EXT 321
Our PGA of Canada Head Golf Professional, Bob Paley, has over 30 years of experience in the golf industry including a career that started in 1998 at Kananaskis Country Golf Course. Bob will always take the chance to proudly show anyone its 36 holes, offering course knowledge, pro tips, stories and local tidbits along the way. Bob lives and breathes Kananaskis – and it shows.
He makes an effortless impression on those he meets, and it’s one that lasts. He’s one of those people who makes you feel you’ve known him for years, in just an instant. A talkative, friendly fellow, he’s as well known for his quick wit, frequent belly-laughs and good humour, as he is for his swing.
Bob’s driving force is to make each Kananaskis golfer’s experience the very best it can be. Call him an over-achieving Type-A if you like, but he never stops thinking about how to enhance the Kananaskis experience – from the biggest ideas to the tiniest details.
Originally working towards a high school teaching career, Bob graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, imagining himself leading social studies and physical education classes. Continuing his studies with a Masters in Sports Psychology at the University of Alberta, it was here that Bob was unintentionally lured into the golf world. While he had golfed only casually prior to grad school, all it took was the encouragement of one golf-mad university advisor to spark a life-changing passion for the sport.
While the beauty of the Kananaskis Valley is a definite draw for Bob and his family, for him the magic of this special place is the people he gets to be around as members of the Kananaskis family each and every year. They are fantastic people who are selected to join our family because they are givers and not takers, and are always looking for ways to create fun, unique, and special experiences for each person that comes through the door! He shares with his team the very important perspective that our guests could choose to go anywhere and do anything with their discretionary income and they have chosen to spend that time and those resources with us. What an honor it is and something that we are all so very thankful for!
Bob and his team are looking forward to seeing you out at Kananaskis Country Golf Course very soon!
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Director of Food and Beverage
Phone: (403) 591-7070 EXT 316
When sitting across from a guidance counsellor at the age of 18, Steve needed to consider what the next step in his education looked like. He realized he wanted to travel and experience the world, so hospitality was where he needed to be.
Originally from Penetanguishene, Ontario, Steve studied at the University of Guelph getting a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Hotel and Food Administration. He started his career with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts at the Chateau Lake Louise and fell in love with the west and the mountains. After taking courses with the International Sommelier Guild, Steve was responsible for the 300-label wine list and all staff wine training and guest functions.
Once deciding to move to Calgary, he worked with the Joey Restaurant Group and Creative Restaurants managing and opening new concepts. This lead him to the world of consulting where he helped restaurants across Western Canada. When the opportunity arose to get back to the mountains at a world class golf course, he jumped right on it.
Steve has four daughters which are his world. When he is not with them you will likely see him trying to get in as many rounds of golf as possible.
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Golf Course Superintendent
Phone: (403) 591-7070 EXT 330
Meet Calvin, Kananaskis Country Golf Course’s Superintendent since 1993. If you’ve ever wondered who’s most responsible for the pristine-perfect presentation of the course, Calvin is your man.
They say that true mastery of a skill requires at least 10,000 hours of practice. Since his first day on the green 27 years ago, Calvin has accumulated well over 50,000 hours of service at Kananaskis alone – so you could say his craft is as finely tuned as the course itself.
Calvin started his golf career early, dedicating nearly every summer throughout his high school days to training in the turf industry. After graduating with honours from Olds College, achieving a Diploma in Horticulture for Turf Management in 1990, he joined the Kananaskis Country Golf Course team as Assistant Superintendent in 1990, before progressing to Superintendent in 1993.
Calvin says the opportunity to join the team at Kananaskis was a “dream come true”, and maintaining the course to the standard of its “must-play” reputation continues to bring him just as much satisfaction as it did when he started in 1990.
While asking a Golf Course Superintendent to choose his favourite home-course hole could be likened to choosing a favourite child, Calvin has shared his most-cherished spots at Kananaskis Country Golf Course. On the Lorette course, he names Hole #2 as the cream of the crop for its jaw-dropping views towards Mt Lorette. Over on the Kidd course, he says nothing beats Hole #3 for its incredible south-facing view off the tee towards Fortress Mountain.
When he’s not golfing or surveying the course with characteristic attention to detail, Calvin’s favourite thing to do in Kananaskis Country is to take in the world-class views by while hiking and biking with family and friends. Further afield, you’ll find him camping and fishing in summer, or playing hockey and skiing in winter.
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Phone: (403) 591-2222
They say a good leader is one who not only leads by example, but also creates more leaders – and this describes Darren, spirited head of Kananaskis, to a tee. Leading the vision for Kananaskis to be one of the most sought-after golf destinations in North America, Darren equips and empowers his staff each day to make every guest experience unforgettable. You feel warmly welcomed, at home and at ease within moments of entering the golf course – and that’s because excellent service starts at the top.
Having lived and worked at the golf course since 1998, and raising his young family here, Kananaskis is both Darren’s passion and his home. Born and raised in Canmore and completing studies in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, and Golf Course Management and Operations at Selkirk College in BC, he can’t keep himself away from the mountains – and especially from golf heaven in Kananaskis. Counting former General Manager Brian Bygrave among his own personal heroes, Darren was honoured to take over the management reins at Kananaskis in 2001.
Among Darren’s most memorable highlights as General Manager include leading the team when Kananaskis hosted the G8 Summit in 2002; countless too-perfect-to-be-true days managing golf-heaven, and witnessing one of his particularly dedicated employees go above and beyond to recover a lost wedding ring for a guest (a true needle in a haystack) – searching for hours, and triumphantly succeeding. For Darren, every day in Kananaskis is a good day.
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Reservations & Events Manager
Phone: (403) 591-7070 EXT 313
The ultimate people-person and an exceptional start-to-finish project manager, Tracy has the ability to apply a warm sensitivity to all she does.
As our dedicated Reservations & Events Manager, Tracy’s the kind of person that makes you feel at ease in an instant, and we promise you she’ll be considering all the details that no-one else has thought of. She’s meticulously thorough in all she does, and can keep a schedule organized to the second.
Flawlessly able to bring a team together, Tracy brings over 25 years of customer-facing experience and office management to her role. Having held a long-time position in dentistry, multi-tasking, meeting clients’ needs, and managing a busy schedule comes as second-nature to Tracy.
As a life-long Kananaskis resident, Tracy has always considered Kananaskis Country Golf Course home. Back in 1989, Tracy began serving at the course’s snack shacks, dining room and lounge – and it was during this time (in 1991) that she crossed paths with Bob, Kananaskis PGA Head of Golf Professional – and by 1995, they were engaged at the valet stand.
From there, Tracy’s connection to the course was firmly set. Living close by, Tracy has had the pleasure of seeing her two now-grown sons develop their own love of golf – playing often with Mom and Dad, right here at Kananaskis Country Golf Course.
In 2018, she is excited for the opportunity to put her varied skillset to great use; employing her event coordination expertise to ensure the reservations department is running like clockwork, as well as organizing all the arrangements for all special events, conferences and weddings.
“It’s wonderful to be part of such a special place. We have so much to offer out here, with an incredible atmosphere and team, we’re going to make all Kananaskis Country Golf Course events truly memorable.”
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Manager, Tournaments & Sales
Phone: (403) 591-7070 EXT 335
From a very young age, Trevor has been hooked on golf – and the passion he brings to Kananaskis is unreal. Trevor counts completing his Playing Ability test with CPGA, and being named Rookie of the Year with Kananaskis among his proudest achievements.
Responsible for business development and outreach to attract golf tournaments, golf outings, and corporate events, and as a charismatic emcee and detail-driven supervisor, he ensures all aspects of each event are delivered to a top-shelf standard.
“I fell in love with #3 on Mt Kidd the first time I played it. Picturesque background, elevated tee box, undulated fairway – and absolutely beautiful. I held the role Assistant Golf Professional at Kananaskis during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, and I was heartbroken to hear of the flood of 2013. When the restoration was announced, I knew exactly where I wanted to go next in my career with experience in both golf and sales – returning home to Kananaskis.”
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