Jordan Rourke

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Jordan has been working in the golf industry for over 15 years and 8 years as a PGA of Canada professional. Working in both the private club atmosphere and world renowned resort courses globally has taught me to maintain a high level of professionalism to all guests while providing an extremely high level of service and always looking to exceed the guests expectations. I pride myself on creating and sustaining relationships with the members of the golf club through my work ethic and service. I am excited to further my career in the golf industry as a golf professional and improve the game of my clients.


Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?

The opportunity to combine my passion for sports and business and the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and passion for the game to others.


What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?

The most rewarding part for me is the relationships I have developed with my colleagues and members/ guests of facilities. If I wasn't a member of the PGA of BC I would not have the opportunity to meet so many influential people.


At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?

Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in the backshop. The PGA professional at the time was Scott Dickson


Who has influenced your career the most, and how?

My parents for allowing me to pursue my passion and Padraic O'Rourke who is my mentor and my first boss as a PGA professional and has been so influential on the places I have been able to work after Chateau Whistler.


What career path led you to where you are today?

I have been lucky enough to work at some amazing facilities around the world including Shaughnessy, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Cape Kidnappers (New Zealand), St. George's Golf & Country Club and now The Vancouver Golf Club.


Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am most proud of obtaining my Class A designation through the PGA of Canada.


If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?

Everyone is willing to share their career and information with you. Don't be afraid to reach out to people who are in a position you want to be in. Get out to industry events, play in events and network. Here in BC we do such a good job of bringing everyone together with our education series and tournaments. Also seek out places you want to work in advance my job in Whistler and New Zealand came through me picking a destination and seeking out the job myself instead of waiting for a job posting


What is your most cherished golf memory?

I have a lot but one that I will remember for the rest of my life is playing golf with Robert Trent Jones Jr. at Chateau Whistler and we both made an eagle during our round together. He then called us the "eagle brothers" and we danced to fly like an eagle at the dinner reception after.


What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?

Capilano. I am a sucker for Mountain and Ocean views on golf courses, coupled with how challenging the golf course is I always have such a good time whenever I am lucky enough to play there.


What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?

There is so much that goes into running a golf facility that we all do behind the scenes to ensure all of our members and guests have a great golf experience. Whether its organizing a tournament, running a camp or clinic, hiring the right staff, creating budgets there is so much we do so that everyday golfers can come and enjoy their day away from what they do.


What is an interesting fact about yourself that doesn't involve golf?

When I was younger I took a semester off school and backpacked around Australia and South-East Asia by myself for 4 months.


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