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.
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!
Golf Event Coordinator
After working many years in a senior role at a non-profit organization, Caren took the plunge to explore the event industry. Caren studied Event Planning and Wedding Planning at Vancouver Community College. Her love of flowers has also led her to complete various workshops at the Maureen Sullivan Floral Design School. As a huge tennis fan, Caren has travelled to various parts of the world to enjoy live matches at the US Open, Rogers Cup, and Wimbledon. When not checking out events in town, she also enjoys photography, snowshoeing, and hiking trails with breathtaking views.
Your satisfaction is our goal
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
Your staff are AWESOME! Each one! Thank you for being so great! Appreciated the easy and free parking, service. Everyone LOVED the lamb and everyone LOVED the variety of meat, salad, sides, dessert, ice cream especially! People were pleasantly surprised about the food-thank you! Michelle & Matt 2018
Hi Joni. We really enjoyed working with you for the past few months. You have been super helpful. The location was gorgeous and the food was beyond what we expected. Thank you. Take Care! Jessica & Peter, June 2018
Dear Joni: Thank you so much for your help! We are so lucky to have you helped us all the way when planning for the wedding. You've been very helpful, and our wedding won't be so perfect without your help. Thank you again. Luna & Wallace, March 2018
Hello Joni, thank you so much for everything. We had a black last night and all the guests left the reception happy. Ben and I are blown away by the staff's attentive service and professional attitude. Everyone had gone above and beyond our expectations. I would really like to thank the staff who helped me with the food and carried my long train and offered us drinks throughout the evening. We would definitely recommend this venue to our friends and family. Thank you. Yvonne & Ben July 2018
5 Star Review on Wedding Wire: Big 'thank you' to Joni and the staff at UGC! Our April 2018 wedding was absolutely perfect! We couldn't have chosen a better venue. All the staff we dealt with were so helpful and friendly. The food was excellent! The Salons room made for a beautiful reception room and we loved the gazebo and the beautiful path/walkway down to it, and the bridge. It was a very picturesque and romantic spot to get married. Sarah & Derek April 2018
Wedding Wire 5 star review: When we first saw the ceremony site at UGC we knew it was the perfect venue for us with the cute gazebo, little bride over a stream and the beautiful gardens. Joni, UGC's Event Coordinator was always quick to respond to our emails whether it was by email or phone. She was organized and always provided clear information, whether its was for our wedding specifically or the wedding tasting event. The Banquet Team, led by Naser and Tom, was also splendid. They were polite and efficient at our wedding reception and Tom in particular was very friendly to us and our guests. The quality of food was exceptional! Everything from the canapes to the prime rib to the late night tacos was delicious. Overall, we're very please with the beautiful venue and the wonderful staff - highly recommended! Emily & Tudor June 2019
Hi Joni, It has been an absolute pleasure working with you over the last several months, and the rest of the UGC staff that were in attendance Sunday evening. We really appreciated your patience for answering all our questions and being flexible with our schedule. We definitely made the right choice in UGC. Thank you for your cooperation and hard work! Take Care! Warm Regards, Cindya & Wilson July 2019
Hi Joni. We had a wonderful time. Our guests were so impressed by the venue and especially by the food (lots of compliments on the halibut). Thanks so much to you and your capable staff for making this celebration such a memorable evening. We will certainly recommend your facility to any of your friends who are looking for a wonderful location for a special occasion. Groom's Mom August 2019