CPGA Pro hired as new Golf Club manager

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, June 17 2014

Kelvin Trott is the new Gabriola Island Golf Course manager and head professional.

Trott came to Canada from England in 2001, with a background in the retail industry.

“I was a pretty good amateur golfer; when my wife and I got to Canada I decided I wanted to be a pro.”

After three years of hard work, he attained his CPGA accreditation in 2004.

He has worked at Eaglecrest in Qualicum Beach, Morningstar in Parksville, Duncan Meadows and Eaglequest in Nanaimo.

Along the way, he earned his Class A accreditation in 2007.

He started his job on Gabriola on June 5.

As to why he wanted to become a pro, he said he has a passion for golf.

“I love teaching golf. You can’t get a better working environment outside.”

He was the golf pro hired in 2013 for the junior teaching programs run through the Gabriola Recreation Society.

When he heard the manager position was going to be open on Gabriola, he put his name in the running.

Speaking about the Gabriola course, Trott says, “The course is beautiful and scenic, very challenging. 

“For a small island like Gabriola to have a course like this is pretty amazing. Our aim is to get as many Gabriolans to play this course and maybe join as members.”

Asked to compare what players get on Gabriola for their dollar compared to other courses in the mid-Vancouver Island region, Trott said, “They get exceptional value for money here. This is probably one of the cheapest golf courses to be a member at, or for a single round.”

He said having a pro back at the course will also enhance the value of a membership.

“I think it’s a good thing for the club to have a CPGA professional, someone who can teach them; they haven’t had a pro here since Bill Smith left. That’s been a few years.

“It gives the club a better standing in the community to have a CPGA professional.”

Trott wants to work on bringing in younger members to the club.

“We have a good junior membership here already, but I’m hoping to get involved in the local community and get the youngsters playing the game. 

“Golf as a whole needs to attract young people. All clubs are struggling, members are getting older and the younger people aren’t playing golf.”

Young doesn’t necessarily mean the teenagers and younger members either.

“We get them at a young age, hold them till their teens and twenties, then they leave golf until their 50s. It is the mid-range that we need to get to join.”