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 comptered 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!
Golf Operations Coordinator
Scott Wilson started in February of 2010 as a part time employee at our practice range. With strong management skills along with team building, Scott now manages The Academy, our practice range, Outside Services and Guest Services Team.
Taking up golf when he first started at UGC Scott now has his Taylormade clubs in hand where you might find him practicing or playing on his days off.
Scott and family live in the quiet town of Ladner and enjoy the relaxing lifestyle of a small community.
Golf Tournament Coordinator
Aaron was born and raised in beautiful Penticton, British Columbia and as a young golfer he spent his growing years playing such courses as Penticton Golf and Country Club, Summerland Golf and Country Club, Fairview Mountain Golf Course and Twin Lakes Golf Course.
He became a member of the UGC team in 2008 while completing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, starting in Outside Services, moving into the Golf Shop and ultimately into the position of Golf Events Coordinator. He found a niche in his current position, and off course he can be found in his own kitchen as he is an absolute foodie- favourite restaurant suggestions welcome!
Your satisfaction is our goal
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)
Joni, Everything was amazing. The staff were great and everyone had a good time. Thanks for making this easy for Marty and I. Have a great Thanksgiving. Mrs Moore (Bride, October 2016)
Thanks for everything Joni! Everyone had a great time at the golf club – Lots of compliments on the food! Take care, Lyle & Pam (Groom & Bride, August 2016)
Hi Joni, Thank you for a wonderful event. We appreciate the help and service from all the staffing. The event turned out wonderful and we have been having some very pleasant feedback! Thank you, Sincerely, Tyler (Groom, August 2016)
Hi Joni, Thanks so much we were very happy with everything
Thank you Joni. It was perfect. Thank you for everything.
Hello Joni, Thank you for the warm wishes! We would like to express on our deepest appreciation for all the hard work you put in getting our special day organized. Everyone agreed it was great. Please also pass on our thanks to Maria and her crew. The event went without even the slightest problem and made the right decision early on to move the ceremony inside. We would not hesitate to come back to UGC to hold an event and will gladly recommend it to others. Thank you again!
Hi Joni, Thanks again for everything. We’re so glad we were lucky enough to have our wedding at UGC. You were wonderful. Wouldn’t change a thing and glad I chose UGC over the other 2 venues. It had the perfect indoor and outdoor wedding space, plus everyone I dealt with at the venue was very friendly. Special thanks to Joni! She was the main reason I booked UGC as I felt very comfortable with her and she was good with details. The contacts at the other venue I’ve been to were not quite at par with Joni.
The food was absolutely outstanding, and far exceeded our expectations. All of our guests complimented on the excellent quality and presentation of the food (most notably the perfectly cooked steak). Joni was efficient and professional in guiding us through the complicated event-planning process and made us feel special. We particularly appreciated the UGC’s tremendous flexibility in accommodating our (many of which last-minute) requests and immaculate attention to detail that were instrumental in making our wedding a success. The UGC’s professionalism and experience helped smooth out any of our snags significantly.