Rob Roxborough admits he has mixed feelings leaving the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., the site of next month’s PGA Championship of Canada.
Roxborough was an original employee at Magna, having spent 13 seasons there.
“I was here to watch it grow and see how great the potential of it can be and now, to see where it stands in the golf community is amazing,” said Roxborough, who will work until the end of this season before joining Hamilton Golf and Country Club as chief operating officer.
“It took awhile for me to get used to saying that I was leaving, but to go to Hamilton, to know that’s the next step, the excitement of that certainly curbed the sadness of my departure,” he said.
The move to Hamilton became reality a couple of weeks ago and Roxborough admits there will be a learning curve, moving from general manager to COO of such an prestigious club.
“The biggest curve for me is the governance, working for the first time with a club with a president, a board and committees. That’s never been the model I’ve worked under. That’s the first thing that’s going to be new to me,” said Roxborough.
“Working with each of the department heads in each of the areas is certainly something that I already do, but having having met them all and knowing the talent of the group in Hamilton, we have everything there that we need, a lot of great people there,” he said.
Roxborough will spend some time in September with the man he’s replacing. George Pinches is joining Global Golf Advisors as a senior associate. For more on that, click here.
Roxborough points out that Pinches is recognized throughout Canada as a respected executive and his input will be invaluable.
“We kind of hit it off right out of the gate. Just spending some time with him and getting to know a little bit more about him, he’s never been anything but warm and courteous towards me and I always felt like he was behind me the whole way,” said Roxborough.