Thom Charters, a veteran of several private clubs, has been named the new director of golf course operations at Coppinwood Golf Club in Goodwood, Ont.
Charters joins Coppinwood from Bayview Golf and Country Club in Thornhill, Ont., where he was course manager for 16 years.
“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to join what I know is one of the finest clubs in all of Canada,” said Charters.
“This is a remarkable club and terrific golf course that has turned heads since opening only a few years ago. The opportunity to work for an incredibly dynamic membership is something that I look forward to and I am well aware the positive energy around Coppinwood is infectious,” he added.
Coppinwood General Manager Kevin Thistle said Charters is one of the most vibrant and energetic agronomists in the Canadian golf industry, with an unsurpassed depth of knowledge and attention to detail. Charters will join a greens department that includes golf course superintendent Scott Pratt.
“Thom has the perfect mix of skills on and off the golf course that make him a natural fit for Coppinwood,” said Thistle. “Our goal at Coppinwood is to create a world-class golf environment and I know Thom will be an important part of that going forward.”
Charters also ran Weston Golf and Country Club’s turf operation for eight years ending in 1995 and he also worked at Islington Golf Club for a decade.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s turfgrass management program, Charters currently sits as the chair of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute Advisory Board and is a past president of both the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation and Ontario Golf Superintendents Association.
As much as he looks forward to joining Coppinwood, Charters says he enjoyed working with the management and members at Bayview.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better run at Bayview and I’ll always be thankful for the opportunity the board and members offered me during my time with them,” he said.