It was announced over the holidays that Toronto’s St. George’s Golf and Country Club had welcomed Ian McQueen as its new golf course and property manager, effective January 30, 2017.
McQueen has held the same position at nearby Islington Golf Club since 2012 and brings to St. George’s over 17 years of golf course management experience in both public and private club settings.
“The membership is very excited to be acquiring Ian McQueen as our new superintendent,” said board chair David Imrie.
“Coming from a neighbouring Stanley Thompson property that has faced similar challenges in recent years, such as the flash flooding of 2013, and complete greens rebuild in 2014, his proven successes make us confident that he is the right fit for the club, ” added Imrie.
“He understands the implications of the weather we experience in our micro-climate and is focused on providing our members with exceptional playing conditions,” he said.
St. George’s was designed by Stanley Thompson in 1929 and following the ice storm of 2014, underwent an extensive restoration of its greens that saw the conversion of original push-up Poa annua greens to USGA bentgrass, led by consulting golf course architects, Tom Doak and Ian Andrew.
“Ian brings with him a proven track record of exceptional course conditioning, an understanding of strategic planning and project management, having grown over 80 new bentgrass greens, and a member-centric focus to his operational practices and procedures,” said chief operating officer Jason Clarke.
“As we look to the future of golf at St. George’s, I’m confident Ian will help us to improve our already celebrated course and preserve Stanley Thompson’s legacy,” he added.
McQueen started his career with Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland and further developed his craft as the golf course superintendent at the Club at Bond Head north of Toronto and assistant superintendent at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.
As superintendent at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of managing over 165 acres of land and maintaining the club’s International Audubon Certification.
“Since I started in the golf industry, it has been a dream of mine to work at Canada’s top private club. I am honoured and excited for the opportunity to be part of such a historic club”, said McQueen.