PGA of Canada Head Golf Professional
PGA of Canada Head Golf Professional
Steve grew in up Gibsons, BC on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and much like Happy Gilmour he was first and foremost a hockey player and had his heart set on a career in pro hockey, he knew little to nothing about golf until the age of 14 when friends encouraged him to give golf a try. Instantly he was hooked spending any available daylight hour at the Sunshine Coast Golf & CC. As time went on his allegiances to hockey slowly faded and a career as a Golf Professional became more achievable than his dream to play in the NHL. He promptly enrolled at Camosun College in Victoria, BC and graduated from their Professional Golf Management Program in 2005. In 2006, Steve became a member of the PGA of Canada and soon after was offered a job at the Capilano Golf & CC. Over his professional career, Steve has been fortunate to work at some of the best facilities in the Lower Mainland including Richmond Country Club, Northview Golf Academy, and most recently he served as the Head Professional of the Bowen Island Golf Club for three years prior to joining the team at UGC before the 2015 season.
Much like when Steve was younger, many of the daylight hours are still spent at the golf course, but he will be the first to tell you that well he still loves golf, most of his time at the Golf Course is spent working and he doesn’t play nearly as much golf as he would like to. His hockey gear has also been all but retired in recent years as he is not nearly as nimble as he once was. When not at the course, he relishes spending time with his wife while they enjoy hiking, cooking, travelling, or enjoying a craft beer, a nice glass of wine, or a good scotch.
Golf Course Superintendent
Phil Bunting comes from a family that has a rich history in golf. Born in Derby England, Phil was destined to have a career in the golf course business; it was in his blood. His own Father, Uncle and Grandfather were golf Course Superintendents. Phil learned at an early age, the importance of his grandfather’s legacy, which ultimately instilled in Phil a love of the golf industry. Phil’s family immigrated to Canada for his father to assume a role as Superintendent at the highly acclaimed Royal Colwood in Victoria, BC. The seed of a career in the golf course management had been planted in Phil’s mind while he worked summers on this course along side his Father.
PGA of Canada Associate Professional and PGA Australia Member
Nathan was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. He has been a member of the PGA of Australia since 2009, and received national recognition for his combined academic and playing achievements. Nathan competed at the professional level before turning his attention to the business and coaching aspects of the game.
Seeking a change in scenery, Nathan packed up and moved to Vancouver in 2014. Not long after touching down at YVR, he accepted an Assistant Professional position at UGC. Unlike many Australians, he enjoys the cold weather and loves the snow!
Your satisfaction is our goal
Dear Joni: Larry & I would like to express our appreciation for everything you and your team did to make our wedding a success. Our guests loved the food, and we received many compliments on the venue. I really appreciated your flexibility and calm professionalism with executing the rain plan and that you stocked the bar with our favourite rum and took such good care of all our guests. Warm regards, Mary & Larry September 2017.
Hi Joni. We received the wedding card and complimentary dinner card last week. That was really nice of the Golf Club to do that. We loved having our wedding at your beautiful venue, your staff did such a wonderful job setting up and of course the food was amazing. We had many of our guests comment on how much they enjoyed the food items. The Sangria and punch were a hit as well. Lastly thank you so much for all your help and prompt answers to our many hundreds of questions we had for you over the last year. We felt we were in good hands in our journey into the wedding party unknown. Sincerely, Theresa & Ray August 2017
Hi Joni. John and I would like to thank you for helping us plan out the event over the past several months. You have made the process much simpler than I had anticipated. Please also extend our gratitude to the banquet chef and staff, as well as the venue managers and staff who helped make our wedding go so smoothly. We are incredibly happy with how our wedding turned out! Thank you, Doreen & John, August 2017
Hi Joni, Thanks very much for your congratulations. That is very kind of you. I’m happy to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our wedding, and got rave reviews on the food from our guests. Everyone had a great time. The banquet staff were very attentive to accommodating our guests with special needs. I appreciated how well the rain plan worked out, and it was nice to not worry about the weather. I will gladly complete the post event survey and will suggest UGC to anyone looking for an event venue in Vancouver. We were very pleased with how smoothly everything went. Thanks again, Mary, Bride, September 2017
Joni was absolutely amazing and made our experience with planning the wedding not stressful as we felt like we were in good hands. Joni is knowledgeable, flexible, detail oriented and very clear and concise in her communication. David was very helpful and pleasant to work with as well. Everything went absolutely perfect. I feel that Joni went above and beyond to make sure we are happy on our wedding day. Bride, September 2017
If was an excellent event, from preplanning, pricing, location, free parking, food selection, food quality and quality of serving staff. Many of our guests reported that it was the best event they had attended of this type. One of our guests is a former VP of Air Canada and on the Board of directors of YVR, and he claimed that he never had such quality and choice of food such as what we had! I wish I could afford a bigger gratuity to all staff, but I am hopefully you will get more business from the recommendations of our family and friends. Mother of the Bride, July 2017
Dear Joni, Thank you for sending the photos of the set up for our July 28 reception. I just wanted to let you know it went very well. Everyone had a wonderful time and people raved about the food, and the choices of healthy food options. We were very impressed with the staff, not only you and your amazing organization, but, the service staff was fantastic. They were efficient, friendly but in-obtrusive, and flexible. The whole evening was a great success and people were very impressed with the Golf Club setting. It you need me to write up anything for you I would be happy to. I am more than pleased that we chose your facility. Best Wishes, Sylvia, Mother of the Bride, July 2017
We had a wonderful wedding at UGC. The location was convenient for us and our guests. Joni, our Event Coordinator from our initial meeting to the conclusion of our wedding was super helpful. She helped us plan the timeline of events and made sure everything was set up properly the day of. David our Banquet Captain, along with the rest of the staff were attentive and friendly. Overall, we had a great time and would definitely recommend this venue for future events. Loretta & Mitchell, November 2017
Dear Joni, Edmundo and I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for us. The wedding was more amazing that we imagined and it would not have been possible without you. Thank you for being so patient throughout our last minute planning and for supporting us every step of the way. It was truly a pleasure working and communicating with you. It was a dream wedding and we will cherish the memories we made at the University Golf Course for the rest of our lives. Sincerely, Lan & Edmundo
Hi Joni, Thank you so much for your help in my wedding. Thank you again! I really appreciate your help! Best regards, Phoebe (bride, October 2016)