Slade King Back to Member Listing
Current Golf Facility:
Links of GlenEagles (The)
Member Classification:
Executive Professional
Email Address:
slade@playgolfcalgary.com
Website:
http://www.playgolfcalgary.com
Education Background:
PGM Lethbridge College, Turf Certificate U of Guelph

I started off in the business at Turner Valley picking range balls out of the ditch and selling them back to the Pro, Ken Frame for 2c a piece. I moved on to parking carts, proshop, as well as a few years on the turf crew. Through these years I found I loved being around the course, playing, working, and just hanging out. I worked for some great golf pros which made it an easy decision to make it a career.

I went to PGM at Lethbridge and took a job at HeatherGlen where I saw a lot of opportunity to move quickly into a management role. I became the Head Pro at HeatherGlen when the company purchased GlenEagles where I had a dual Head Pro role and traveled between the courses. As the company grew I became the General Manager of a multi course operation now called Play Golf Calgary. I have been very fortunate to be involved in a 9 hole addition, the construction of 2 clubhouses, the opening of a brand new course in Blue Devil, the planning, design, and construction and now the opening of Serenity. The fun never stops!

I was never the greatest player relative to other Golf Professionals and am very lucky that I was in a position to do what I have on the business side of golf. I love learning new things and so far my career has given me every opportunity to do that.

Although I at arms length from traditional Golf Professional duties I always feel like a Golf Pro doing "Management" things. I try to keep up on new equipment and technologies, and volunteer with junior programs from time to time. Along my journey I also completed a Turf Grass Maintenance Certificate and am currently the NGCOA Alberta Chapter President.

Above all else I am the father of 3 fantastic girls and can be found at the Cochrane dance studio late most week nights. (Watching them, not dancing )