“It’s not work when you’re doing something you love.”
So says Dawson, a Grade 12 student and member of Northview Golf & Country Club’s growing maintenance team.
Of course, benefits like a state-of-the-art maintenance employee centre and free rounds of golf at one of the region’s premier golf courses don’t hurt either!
Northview, which hosted the PGA Tour from 1996 to 2002, offers two Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses and full practice centre, plus two restaurants and banquet facilities, supported by a team of more than 150 during the peak season.
Recognizing that a dedicated team is key to the club’s success – including a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence – club management seeks the best talent, supported with numerous employee amenities.
State-of-the-art employee facilities
At the heart of employee amenities is the new, state-of-the-art maintenance employee centre, a 5,000-square-foot facility with spacious men’s and women’s change rooms with showers, and comfortable common areas.
“We visited similar facilities at top courses around Puget Sound and southern B.C., and wanted to create a ‘home away from home’ for our team,” explains Dave Fair, Northview’s Golf Course Superintendent.
The result? “One of the most premier maintenance facilities in the Pacific Northwest!” according to the U.S. Golf Association’s Larry Gilhuly.
Staff consultation was vital. For example, recognizing grounds crew work in all weather conditions, rain or shine, a comfortable place to change rain gear and clean up was important, explains Josh Chanasyk, assistant general manager.
“If they had an idea to make things better, we wanted that feedback,” he says.
A roomy, well-outfitted staff area provides an enjoyable break room and comfortable space for morning meetings.
“It’s provided a real ‘Wow!’ factor. They really appreciate that we’ve created a first-class space for them,” Fair says.
The attention to detail invested in the staff centre also underscores to staff the importance of focusing on the details in their work. “It’s a quality I learned early in my career and it’s one you can take forward in life,” Fair says.
Whether an early-rising retiree or a student looking for a summer job that still leaves time to hit the links or waves, this is it.
Shifts start early, but also finish early, meaning you always get an early start on your weekend.
Employee training, barbecues … and free golf!
Thorough training ensures crews are well-supported. “It allows our team to feel confident in their work and our expectations to create the best possible experience for guests,” Fair says.
Staff barbecues and special events, plus a free round of golf weekly, space permitting, for those working at least 20 hours a week offer added appeal.
The result is a maintenance team that enjoys their work and feels supported in their efforts, and that shows through on the course.
“They see the investment we’re making in our employees and that reaches the golf course,” Fair says. “It is one of the best maintained facilities in the Pacific Northwest, by far.”