Member Profile

Don McFarlane

Current Golf Facility: Red Deer G&CC
Member Classification: Executive Professional
Education Background: San Diego Golf Academy

 2019 Top 100 Program Points
 2018 Top 100 Program Points


I was born in Calgary, and moved to Red Deer at the age of 5. I joined as a Junior Member at The Red Deer Golf and Country Club in 1966, and worked in the back shop and Golf Shop there for 5 years while attending school. In 1973 I became the first Canadian enrolled at the San Diego Golf Academy, a 2 year Professional/Management Golf Program. In 1976 I was named Head Golf Professional at the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club. I owned and operated the Pro Shop there for 29 years, the last 7 of which I was Executive Professional in charge of the entire golf operation. Hi-lites in Grande Prairie were being named the PGA of Alberta’s Golf Professional of the Year in 1996, and sharing the Alberta and Canadian Club-fitter of the Year Award for Ping in 2002, with my Head Golf Professional, Brad Babiuk. I served 3 years on the PGA of Alberta’s Board of Directors including one year as National Representative. I am proud of my community involvement in Grande Prairie. I coached and managed minor hockey teams for 10 years, was Founding President of the Grande Peace Athletic Club which operates the AAA hockey programs in the area, was a Director of the Grande Prairie Storm Junior A Hockey Club, Business Chair for the 2006 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, and a committee member for the 2005 RBC Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship. Some of our Grande Prairie Junior Members and staff who went on to Professional careers in the Golf Industry include Brad Babiuk, Bobby Martens, Jim Boomer, Randy Panton, Al Norlin, Jeff Papilion, Brent Taylor, Brian Schaal,and Kent Fukushima. In 2006 my career went full circle when I was named Executive Professional and General Manager at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club. I am married to Elaine, and have two grown children, Scott and Kevin.

Q. What do you enjoy most about the game and the business of golf?
The people. Members, staff, and others in the industry. I also enjoy the golf courses and the great places I have visited playing the game.
Q. What or who influenced you in becoming a Golf Professional?
My father
Q. What would you be doing if you weren’t a Golf Professional?
Selling something.
Q. What is your favourite golf course in the world?
Pebble Beach
Q. Who is your favourite PGA Tour player?
Jason Day
Q. What is the first club you take out of your bag on the driving range?
A wedge
Q. What is the most number of holes of golf you have played in one day?
Q. What is your career low round and where did you shoot this score?
67 - Grande Prairie G&CC and Whispering Palms G&CC
Q. What significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
My family, and being named PGA of Alberta Golf Professional of the Year 1996
Q. What other interests, hobbies and passions can you share?
I am a big Edmonton Oilers, New York Yankees and San Diego Chargers fan.
Don McFarlane

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