Pictured are the St. Marys Golf Course and Country Club staff members who were out last Friday for the Member’s Night dinner. Pictured, from left, back row, are Ellyse Hodgson, assistant superintendent Brett Dick, Matt McCarthy. Front row: general manager Matt Staffen, Joe Osmansoy, superintendent and co-owner Sandy Fifield, head chef Jason Skipper, wedding and event manager Ashton Kelly, Paige Huitema, Shaina Turgeon, and bar and pro shop manager Kellen Fifield.
By Dan Rankin
Last Friday, as food was just about ready to be served at the St. Marys Golf and Country Club’s Member’s Night, the course’s new president and general manager Matt Staffen took a few minutes off from running a Junior Golf Program fundraising putt-putt game to talk about what else has been keeping him busy since he took over.
“There’s a lot of new ideas on the golf side,” he said. “Things are going really well. We’re busy, and there’s a lot of change going on. There’s some course improvements, and also building improvements, and we’re doing a bunch of renovations inside.”
Over the winter, renovations were done to the clubhouse’s front canopy, and a new Sonos speaker system was added to help create a “club house atmosphere for Pub Nights, the NHL playoffs and Blue Jays baseball,” he said.
“We’re just trying to make it feel like a club again,” said Staffen, who had previously held the title of director of operations. “We want that whole club atmosphere where you feel a sense of community, and a connection. That’s really our focus moving forward.”
At the dinner, Staffen also announced that the course would be investing about $75,000 over the next three years to improve their sand traps and irrigation/drainage. “Our members asked for better sand traps in our end of year survey and we responded by making a long-term commitment to this ask,” he told the Independent. “We’re doing it for our members and for the golfing public as well.”
Space is still available in the club’s Junior Golf League, which runs Mondays starting July, he added.
“We want to make this the place everyone wants to hang out in St. Marys,” he said.