At the Awards Dinner held on February 8th at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, Peter Holt, Chief Operating Officer of Hamilton Golf & Country Club (Ancaster, Ontario, Canada), was recognized with The John Furlong Award for his work as the club hosted the RBC Canadian Open and also voted to proceed with a Golf Course Improvement Plan to overhaul its 27-hole course, nine holes at a time.
In addition to presentations at their individual clubs that will be held throughout the coming year, the 2019 Excellence in Club Management winners, along with honorees from previous years and members, past and present, of the ECM selection committee, were recognized at an Awards Dinner that was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas on Saturday, February 8, in conjunction with the 2020 World Conference of the Club Management Association of America.
This year’s Awards Dinner was sponsored by Denehy Club Thinking Partners, ForeTees LLC, IZON Golf, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, and Preferred Club.
A full report on the Awards Dinner will appear in the March issue of Club + Resort Business, and detailed profiles of all of the ECM award winners will be published in C+RB throughout 2020.
The Excellence in Club Management Awards were founded by the McMahon Group in 1997 and have been co-sponsored by Club + Resort Business since 2005 and the National Club Association since 2018.
The John Furlong Award
(Excellence in Management of a Club Property in Canada)
Peter Holt, ECM
Chief Operating Officer,
Hamilton Golf & Country Club,
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Since arriving at Hamilton Golf & Country Club (HGCC) in 2015 to be its Chief Operating Officer, Peter Holt has provided the club with steady and decisive leadership in steering the tradition-rich, 126-year-old club through a series of significant opportunies and challenges, according to Dr. Sean McDonough, the club President who submitted Holt’s nomination for The John Furlong Award.
In 2016, McDonough wrote, Holt led HGCC’s management team through steps to enhance the member experience as the club celebrated 100 years of golf at its current location. And 2019 proved to be especially busy, with HGCC hosting the RBC Canadian Open for the first time in seven years, and also voting to proceed with a Golf Course Improvement Plan to overhaul its 27-hole course, nine holes at a time.
“Peter’s willingness to take on difficult projects and see them to successful completion has repeatedly impressed me,” McDonough wrote in his nomination. “He has an uncanny way of remaining calm in all situations [and] especially those that can be extremely challenging. Excellence is certainly a word that comes to mind when I think of Peter’s contributions to HGCC over the past four years.”