Michael has been the University Golf Club’s General Manager since 1997. Prior to that, he was the club’s Head Golf Professional for three years. Before coming to UGC in 1994, he spent 14 years working at the prestigious Capilano Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver.
To date Michael has scored 6 hole-in-ones during his golf career…but who’s counting! He is the only member of his family not born in beautiful British Columbia. He was born in Scarborough, Ontario but we won’t hold that against him as he’s definitely not a Leafs fan.
He and his wife Jacquie, were married at UGC’s gorgeous gazebo garden in the summer of 2009. They were blessed with the birth of their first child, Nathan, in the spring of 2012 and then the arrival of beautiful Aubrey, in the spring of 2014. If you recall…those same two springs, Bubba Watson won the Masters…so we’ll always be curious of what might happen if he manages a third ‘green jacket”!!
Words to live by: “Life isn’t a dress rehearsal…and it goes by far too quickly!”
Michael – known as Spike – hails from a career of construction, starting when he arrived in Vancouver coming from the Hammer in the summer of 1992. Spike entered the commercial construction industry almost immediately on the ground level. In 1997 he earned his ticket as an Interior Systems Mechanic and then spent the 5 years prior to joining UGC in the residential construction industry.
Spike enjoys golfing in his spare time and loyally watching The Leafs and Ti-cats. Oskee Wee wee.
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Celebration of Life, March 2022: Dear Joni, I wanted to let you know how happy I was with how everything worked out for the Celebration of Life. The venue was beautiful and so thoughtfully set up. The food and beverage service were excellent. Thank you so much to you and your team for making this important day so lovely. All the best, Patti.
Hi Joni: We both want to thank you very much for all of your hard work. Your offer to move us to the larger room saved the day (especially because of the weather) and you were helpful and responsive the whole way through going back to the spring. Also, I wanted to pass along how much we (and our guests) enjoyed the food. We received many good comments about the buffet. The mussels in particular were a big hit and I LOVED the pork tenderloin dish. Probably the best pork tenderloin I have ever had in my life. So please pass along our compliments to the Chef and kitchen staff who prepared that incredible food for us and our guests. It really could not have been any better (except for the rain, but we even managed to handle that pretty well). We are more grateful and appreciative of everything you did for us. Thanks again and take care, Daniel and Christina, September 2021
Hi Joni: Thank you so much for all the work you put into our wedding! The reception was beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. You were wonderful to work with and I was so grateful to have you running the scenes. All my guests remarked on what a fantastic time they had. I hope to be back in the future when my sister gets married. All the best, Shannon. (Shannon & Matthew, July 2021)
Joni, Thank you for making us feel so special. This little note is warmly sent to tell you how much your kindness has meant. Donna & Tony September 2021
Hi Joni. Thank you for everything that you did to help make our day extra special! It was a pleasure to get to work with you as a 'client'! Steve UGC Head Golf Pro) & Megan
Candy & Keon, Bride & Groom, February 2020: Feedback from their event survey. 5 out of 5 reviews. Working with Joni is always a breeze and flexible, super helpful.
Hi Joni, Jeff and I would like to sincerely thank you for all your effort and diligence working with us from start to finish of our wedding event. We truly appreciate all the assistance you have provided us and you have contributed to a lot of smooth organization on our wedding day. There has been many ongoing changes the last couple of months due to the pandemic yet at the end our event turned out very well plus exceeded our expectations. Our guests very much enjoyed the ambiance with the outside gazebo as well as inside the Westpoint room and all had a pleasant and enjoyable time plus we received many compliments for the food as well. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Al and the remaining staff whom assisted us on our wedding to make our day special and memorable. Dora & Jeff, Bride & Groom August 2020
Marialejandra Bride, September 2020: "We had a 5 start experience while planning and hosting our wedding at UGC. We value the flexibility and willingness to attend to our specific needs. The attention to detail was remarkable. High quality food and a beautiful environment for a reasonable price. We had a first booking experience with another vendor for our wedding and during that planning process we felt tense because of the many demands of the venue. at UGC we had a totally different experience. We felt the support of the staff to create our special day just as we wanted, and working side by side with us to overcome the challenges of COVID and weather. Thanks for providing an excellent events/banquet service with a high sense of empathy and sensitivity"
Event Survey Feedback from a June 2019 Bride & Groom: Our #1 reason for choosing UGC was the beautiful ceremony site - we loved it so much and so did our guests! The Banquet Team was great, especially the banquet manager who was an amazing help to us at the wedding reception. We also enjoyed the food and appreciate that there were so many options/substitutions available. Overall, our experience was wonderful and we're so happy we went with UGC for our wedding venue.
Joni was an incredible event coordinator who helped us from the very first day meeting with her until the date of the wedding (checked to ensure everything was running smoothly before my ceremony). Joni made sure that all our questions were answered, provided us with creative alternatives and options and was flexible and responsive. The banquet manager and all of the staff were there for all of our needs the day of the wedding and my guests were so impressed with the service on the day. The venue was so professional but also felt friendly, relaxed and a natural for a golf club. The gazebo was such a beautiful ceremony location, with a pathway leading through a gorgeous maintained garden and winding stream (that even had frogs singing their little hearts out during the ceremony!). The Salons reception space is an elegant room which has lots of space and a great dance floor! I loved the layout of the room and the private patio to cool off. The food was top quality and buffet service so much delicious food that my guests were raving about throughout the night! Joni was so flexible and we could choose the exact customized menu with all the dietary specifications we needed. I would highly recommend anyone to have their wedding at UGC - they are in great hands working with Joni and the professional staff at the golf course. 5 out of 5's on their Event Survey. Sara & Alex, August 2019