Friday, April 13, 2018

New Golf Course Greens Superintendent brings wide range of experiences to Prince Rupert

Checking out a new hazard for "The Nemesis": Hole Number 10 at the 
Prince Rupert Golf Course?  
Peter Drake the  New Greens Superintendent
is also a global explorer 
having taken a number of backpacking expeditions
to many parts of the world. 
The newest member of
the Prince Rupert Golf Course took up his duties on March 1st

(all photos supplied by Prince Rupert Golf Course)

There's a new Guardian of the Greens and fairways for the Prince Rupert Golf Course, making sure that the 18 hole course is in the best of shape possible in the face of some our challenging weather conditions on the North Coast.

As we outlined on the blog last week, the 2018 golf season got underway over the Easter weekend in Prince Rupert, and this year finds a new face around the clubhouse, with Peter Drake hired on to take over the duties of Superintendent of Greens for the Prince Rupert Golf Club.

Born in Prince George BC,  Mr. Drake spent much of his thirty four years in the more golfer friendly environment of the Okanagan,  having spent a good portion of his nights and summer days working at a range of some of the familiar courses of the Kelowna region.

From those days on the links he developed his passion for golf, first though high school play in the Okanagan and then on to Sanata Barbara City College to study General Sciences and to play for the SBCC Gauchos.

From there Drake move on to Olds college in the fall of 2004 to study in the Bachelor of Applied Science program and to golf for the college team, he graduated in the spring of 2008 with a degree in Golf Course management, returning to the Okanagan to work at the Kelowna Golf and Country as an assistant supervisor.

He has also spent some time working at such well known British Columbia courses as North Vancouver's Capilano, and Nicklaus North in Whistler.

Mr. Drake comes to Prince Rupert after his most recent work with the Two Eagles Golf Course in West Kelowna, taking advantage of the challenges of taking charge of a greens-keeping program and the opportunity to take over the North Coast duties that were advertised over the past off season. 

He accepted the Prince Rupert position in February and started with the course on March 1st.

Peter's study of Turf Grass Sciences will be of value
to the Prince Rupert golf community as he tends to
such challenging holes as "The Cauldron" at Number 12

The new superintendent plans to make use of his studies of Turf grass Science and how the science of golf course maintenance is an ever changing process and how he hopes to help improve the golf experience for those that check out the course.

He also has been bit rather strongly by the travel bug, having fit in many adventures to a wide number of locations around the world, having backpacked through Europe, Thailand, New Zealand and Fiji.

All of which means that not only will golfers be able to get some solid advice on which approach is best for the eighteen holes of the Prince Rupert Course, but where the best place to stay may be on your travels through the mountains of New Zealand or the cities of Europe.

Knox the Assistant Greens Supervisor
at the Prince Rupert Golf Course
inspecting one of the course golf carts
(click to enlarge)
He has a list of interests that should make him a good fit for what the North Coast has to offer, with snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and beer league hockey among some of his pursuits away from the course.

His arrival at the Prince Rupert course is also part of a package deal that will be of great benefit to the local course and Golf Club membership, with a co-worker that literally works for kibble ...

If you stop in at the Greens-keeper's office to say hello, keep your eyes open for Knox, the Australian Shepherd that serves as the course's Assistant Supervisor. 

Included in the overview is a glimpse as the greens and fairways that Peter will be tending to over the season, complete with some hints on how to approach the flag for each.

For updates on the latest news from the Course see the Prince Rupert Golf Course Facebook page.

More notes related to the 2018 Northwest golf season can be found on our archive page.

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