Ted Stonehouse, the head pro at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, NS, and a fellow I’m pleased to call one of my best friends in the industry, has announced he’s leaving the club and heading to Newfoundland to run Clovelly Golf Club, the busiest course in the province.
For those that don’t know Ted, I’d say he’s one of the smartest, most professional members of the PGA of Canada I’ve met. He’s also won most of the organization’s significant awards. At the very least he might well be the nicest man in Canadian golf.
I’m kind of surprised he’s not running one of the big private clubs in the Toronto area near where he grew up. He’s among that group of young, customer-oriented pros that have emerged in the last few years. And he’s one of the best.
He’s also one of those rare individuals who had a real impact on the game — his junior program at Bell Bay was second to none. Golf Canada could learn a lot from the success Ted had in a small Cape Breton town. I hope they continue the program — though I suspect it was driven by Ted and not the club.
Anyway, here’s the note he sent me last night:
I will be leaving Bell Bay Golf Club at the end of the season after 13 wonderful years. Bell Bay is a big part of our life, and it will be difficult to leave, yet at the same time we are very excited about the opportunity that lays ahead. I am pleased to be continuing through the completion of the 2011 season, and working hard with the ownership to make sure that we find a successful replacement.
A formal press release will be sent out this week. I will be taking on the Director of Golf position at Clovelly Golf Club in St. John’s NFLD. If you have any questions please do not hesitate giving me a call. Thank you so much for all your support over the years, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.