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    2017 - Derek Duinker

Derek Duinker

“Back in 2006, a small group of four of us left the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and started driving across the country to a new (temporary) adventure in the picturesque and breathtaking Kananaskis valley.

We were fortunate enough to see the entirety of Canada in all its beauty, but nothing prepared me for the splendor of our final destination...

I was completely taken aback, and so grateful that I was afforded the opportunity to be a part of the grounds maintenance team with a couple of my oldest friends in such a beautiful place… Kananaskis is where my love affair with golf started. Before starting work there I had never had the opportunity to play, but while there and only living minutes away, I found my enthusiasm for the sport grow.

On the last day of work at the course, I was very sad to leave after making so many new friends and acquaintances, and sharing in the care of such a special facility. I was completely devastated to learn of the state of the course after the ravaging power of mother nature…

...to see the reconstruction efforts to restore this gem in the middle of the mountains warms my heart!

Once more (very soon) the splendor of the Kananaskis Country Golf Course will be returned to its former glory. I hope that I may venture West again in the near future to once again play on the courses that I was so proud to have been a part of.”

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