Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto has announced that John Caven will be its new general manager, effective Monday. He is replacing Herb Pirk, who is retiring after leading Oakdale for 14 years.
Caven is coming to us from Glasgow, Scotland where he was the general manager of Glasgow Golf Club. His experience in golf course management includes golf course operations and maintenance, food and beverage and building management.
Over 20 years in the golf business, he gained experience at some of best properties and operations in Scotland, including Loch Lomond Golf Club, a luxury club resort.
In his early days, Caven was involved with the European Tour and Scottish PGA professional events and spent four years working as the business manager for British golf professional Paul Lawrie.
Herb Pirk played a significant role in the rejuvenation and growth of Oakdale. The new ladies locker room and the pool and change rooms were built under his watch.
A golf course master plan and a new irrigation system, including a reservoir and wells were came under his leadership, as did the improvements to the driving range.
His decision to shift to an ecologically safe course care has led to Oakdale using 85 per cent less pesticides than the average golf club.
Recent improvements to holes five and six of Thompson to address safety issues happened while Herb was in charge. He also worked with prior boards to modernize the membership fee structure and make Oakdale a family-friendly club.