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Final Cut: Three Decades of Dedication

With 33 years of service, Sylvain Nadon has worked hand-in-hand with members of Club de Golf de Rosemère’s longstanding turf maintenance crew, including Daniel Labelle, who has been with the club for 23 years, and Jean Lacasse, who has nine years of service. Photo courtesy Club de Golf de Rosemère

By Jason Cramp

Sylvain Nadon is as dedicated as they come. He has been the sole equipment technician at Club de Golf de Rosemère in Rosemère, Que., for more than 30 years. Since starting his career at 17, he has worked for five different superintendents and has earned the reputation as the club’s ‘super mechanic,’ helping to keep all of the equipment in tip-top shape to ensure the course stays in pristine condition for its members. He is the proverbial jack of all trades as he also handles snow removal on the greens in the spring and operates the club’s heavy equipment.

Daniel Read, the current superintendent at Club de Golf de Rosemère, describes Sylvain as their most loyal and valued employee and says the word ‘No’ does not come easily to him.

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Training Is The Best Reward

In the high season, one of our jobs is to examine the mowers to ensure they are doing what they are supposed to. We are looking for quality of cut issues. Since appearance is everything, this is very important; mowers are the number-one job. Photo courtesy Warren Wybenga

By Molly Doyle

In 1990, Warren Wybenga answered a job ad for the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club to work on the grounds crew. Since then, he has completed a small engine apprenticeship to become an equipment technician and worked at two golf clubs before settling down at Donalda Club in Toronto. He has never looked back. Wynbenga did not think he would love his job so much; now, he gets to provide training to his own apprentices, which he is quickly finding very rewarding and has become a favourite part of what he does.

The 43-year-old sat down with Canadian Groundskeeper to explain he is not quite ready for retirement, but when the day comes, he hopes to still be at Donalda.

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