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 outdoors, cooking, traveling, 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.
Your satisfaction is our goal
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
Hi Joni, Thank you again for everything. You did an amazing job and we had nothing but wonderful comments from all our guests. It was a seamless, beautiful day. Thank you and kind regards, Raymond & Adella, July 2019
Dear Joni: Thank you and your team so much for looking after us so well for our wedding and reception. You were always accessible, reassuring and so helpful, and we really appreciated your efforts shifting your schedule on the wedding day to help facilitate the last moment decision about whether to hold the ceremony inside or outside. The setting, food and staff were all wonderful, and made the event really enjoyable and memorable for us, and our guests were really impressed with the venue and raved about the delicious food. Please send our compliments to the Chef and the staff who were all incredibly friendly and supportive. Thanks again Joni. Peter & Willy, September 2019
Everything's perfect! My guests were all raving about the food selection. The location was perfect and the crew were really good! Joni has been really accommodating and quickly responds to all my inquiries! I am soo happy that we chose UGC for our wedding reception! I have a small wedding and the size of the Westpoint room as just perfect! I had my cocktail hour set up in the Gazebo garden, and everyone enjoyed the canapes served, and we were able to have the live music set up in the Gazebo, and lawn games for everyone to enjoy! Thank you again Joni!! Leilani & Franz, August 2019
Hi Joni, I appreciate all the hard work that UGC put into making our wedding a special day. We were very impressed by the professionalism of the whole staff, the beverages, and the food - everyone complimented us on the food and said it was truly amazing! If I could have rated the UGC's staff work and the food a 6 over 5 I would have done so (but the highest was 5 lol). Staff was very on point on keeping our guests happy, were extremely friendly, professional and available. The whole night ran quite smoothly. Thank you very much and I won't hesitate in recommending UGC to future brides and grooms and people who are looking to have great events! We have nothing but amazing things to say about UGC. Kind regards, Paola & Chris, July 2019
Thank you Joni. It was a beautiful wedding. Thank you and your team for everything. You all did a fantastic job. Great food! Thank you! Casey, Bride July 2019 Joni, thanks for going above and beyond, I am beyond grateful. Thank you so much for all your work in making Casey's wedding so wonderful. The venue, the food, the staff. Everything was above and beyond! Guests are saying "BEST WEDDING EVER". Thanks for all your work, Missy & Vic (Bride's parents) July 2019