My first golf season at Toronto Hunt is winding down and looking back, I can’t say enough about the seamless transition thanks to the presence of my predecessor as general manager, Rick Johnson.
We had two or three lengthy meetings before I started on April 28 and the day I started he was here and he continued consulting, so I would see him two or three times a week at first, then once a week as time went on.
Even when he wasn’t there, I knew he was just a phone call away because he was in semi-retirement. If he had gone to a new job, I wouldn’t want to bother him, but it was great being able to see him a few times a week.
I would ask Mr. Johnson if I could ask him a quick question or get a little background on an event and he would tell me the first thing I have to learn is to call him Rick.
He was still around due to a flood that took place in the winter before I got there. It affected our dining room, lounges and change rooms and he and our facilities manager Jerry Dzbanuszek worked miracles to get things ready for our opening members reception in mid-April.
I can’t say enough about having people like that around you as you make the transition into a new position. When I moved over, I knew a lot of members and quite a bit of the staff.
Many of them have been around for over 20 years, they know the ins and outs and are very professional.
They were very welcoming and made me feel right at home, which is really what this club is all about.
As I explained in another blog, we don’t have hard and fast tee times and you’ll see a foursome come in and sit down outside to look out over Lake Ontario.
You’ll come back out a little while later and you’ll see they’ve been joined by other foursomes who have come in and a table of four will have suddenly turned into a group of 20.
It’s a very welcoming atmosphere and one that I’m lucky to have found.