A Turfgrass Legacy: Bill Fach’s driving ambition

Photo courtesy Bill Fach


By Molly Doyle

Bill Fach has been maintaining golf courses for the last 43 years, working his way up from assistant to master superintendent. Named Superintendent of the Year by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) in 2008, he says he cannot imagine doing anything else, not even for a million dollars.

In 1977, Fach graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in horticulture. While attending school, he worked as an assistant superintendent at St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, Ont. After graduation, he worked at the Essex Golf and Country Club in LaSalle, Ont., for 10 years, then moved to Toronto to be the superintendent at Rosedale Golf Club. A decade later, Fach switched locations to work at the York Downs Golf and Country Club in Markham, Ont., which he looked after for five years. Then, in 2003, he moved to Belleville, Ont., to be the superintendent at Black Bear Ridge Golf Course.

“You could not give me another job,” he says laughing. “Maybe I’ll decide to become a baseball player and make a million dollars… but no, with my capabilities, this is by far the best job.”

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