National Golf Day Invitation by Liberal MLA Doug Clovechok

Liberal MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke, Doug Clovechok, flattered the golf industry (and challenged the NDP to a match) with the following statement in the BC parliament on May 29th, the newly created, National Golf Day.

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MLA Doug Clovechok on the far left in a group photo that included several Liberal MLA’s and Allied Golf Association of BC representatives at the May 28th Golf Industry Awareness Day in Victoria. IMAGE CREDIT: JERRY ROUSSEAU – WCTA

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to rise here today and speak about a sport that is near and dear not only to me, but to millions of British Columbians and Canadians. It’s a sport that I started to play at five years old and played with my dad and brother every night after school and continue to play today. I’m thrilled to say that my son beats me these days, and my oldest granddaughter has been learning to play this for the past four years.

Of course, I’m talking about the sport of golf, and today is National Golf Day. In Columbia River–Revelstoke, we have 18 amazing golf courses, and some have won national awards. We are a golf mecca, visited yearly by thousands from all over Canada and the world. It’s an industry that represents both economic and social pillars in our community. If you’re a golfer and have never played our courses, let me encourage you to do so. They will be the highlight of your golf career.

Golf has many faces, and I will reference a few of them. Economically, it’s a $2.08 billion industry in B.C., creating 44,000 jobs, $1.27 billion in household income and generates $465 million in taxes. From a social investment perspective, the 300-plus courses in B.C. are locally owned and operated and provide charitable and taxation benefits to British Columbian communities. Golf courses provide valuable green space and wildlife refuge. Turf and trees capture carbon, create oxygen, cool the air and filter storm and water runoff. Golf courses are leaders in environmental stewardship. The industry has an integrated pest management effort and strives to be an industry leader in greener best management practices.

It’s good for you. Approximately 10,000 steps happen on each 18 holes and encompass all demographics. People who play golf benefit physically, socially and mentally from golf. Golf is a game for all ages and abilities and is the number one sport activity in Canada.

Golf is an amazing game, and I want to thank the Allied Golf Association of B.C. for all they do. If you don’t play it, there’s still time to start, and I’d like to challenge the members opposite to a golf game with us some time.

Canadian Society Of Club Managers

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The purpose of the Society is to promote excellence in club management through the development of the club management profession and the individuals employed in the profession.

Over the next five to ten years, the Society will be striving to achieve its “creating great clubs through excellence in professional club management.”

There are three chapters of CSCM in B.C.; the Pacific Branch located in the Lower Mainland, the Vancouver Island Branch and the Southern Interior Branch.

The Society strongly believes that the greater good of golf will be best served by the collaboration of the association and businesses associated with the business of golf.

The association commends the AGA of BC for the progress made in a number of areas, but especially in being able to gain not only an audience but the apparent trust of government in a number of areas.

This progress coupled with the important contributions that all AGA of BC member associations are making in their own way, will serve the sport of golf well into the future.

To learn more about the Canadian Society of Club Managers go to www.cscm.org