When an individual has been at a golf facility or company for a long time, it’s difficult to disassociate that person’s name from that place of employment.
After he left Angus Glen in Markham, Ont., in 2009, I continued to connect Kevin Thistle’s name to that operation, which he helped build into one of the best-known golf courses in the Toronto area since the 1990s before finally associating him with nearby Coppinwood in Uxbridge.
As regular GNN readers are aware, Thistle, who writes a regular GNN blog, announced last week that he is leaving Coppinwood and even though he plans to take some time in his search for the right opportunity, I’m sure it will take some time before I get used to wherever he lands next.
As many people have pointed out, there will likely be many opportunities made available to Thistle. You can read about his departure from Coppinwood here, but he isn’t the only high-profile name within the industry changing places over the off-season.
It isn’t always easy as golf operations miss those departing, according to this blog by Tiffany Gordon. The people leaving also have fond memories of places where they worked for so long, as Alan Carter told me in this blog.
Sometimes, it’s tough to turn down a great opportunity. Other times, a job has just run its course and other times, there are disagreements with the operation and the employee, who eventually leaves.
Whatever the reason, movement within the golf industry is commonplace. This year, it has certainly drawn attention with some of the names moving around, which leads us to the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
How would you rate your chances of making a move in the next couple of years?
You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page and if you’d like to expand your thoughts, please do so in the Comments box below.
How would you rate your own chances of changing golf facilities/companies over the next two years?
- Quite Likely (39%)
- Unlikely (33%)
- 50-50 (28%)