Brian Schaal – General Manager / PGA of Canada Executive Professional
Toll Free: 1-877-418-4653
Position: General Manager
Professional Affiliations: PGA of BC and NGCOA Advisory Board Member for BC
When did you start playing golf? Age 18
How long have you worked at Copper Point: Since 2004
Favorite hole on The Point and why: #18. From the tee box the view is spectacular. The Rocky Mountains in the background and the only water hazard on the golf course right in front of you! You must hit a solid tee shot in order to clear the water and to have a decent approach to the elevated green. The green sets up many chances at Birdie as it slopes from left to right and back to front.
Favorite hole on The Ridge and why: #14. The elevated tee on this par 4 and the water hazard on the right requires a straight and accurate tee shot. The green is well protected by bunkers on the right as well the green is tiered.
Favourite Lunch Menu Item – Jalapeno Poppers and the Steak Sandwich
Favourite Dinner Menu Item – Panko Crusted Fish and Chips and a close second the Pork Chops.
Volunteerism & Special Interests: Kelly Hrudey & Friends Charity Golf Classic which supports AARC, The Summit Youth Centre and The Hockey Canada Skills Academy at both J.A. Laird and David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS). As well as our Feed the Town Event held the 1st Sunday in December! Special Interests include Golf, Hockey, Camping, Family.
Scott McClain – PGA of Canada Head Golf Professional
Toll Free: 1-877-418-4653
Position: Head Golf Professional
Professional Affiliations: PGA of BC, CCA (Canadian Avalanche Association) and ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides)
When did you start playing golf? Age 5
How long have you worked at Copper Point: Since 2010
Favorite hole on The Point and why: #3. The view takes your breath away. You must be in play from this elevated tee. Play smart on this hole and be sure to leave yourself below the hole on your approach shot.
Favorite hole on The Ridge and why: #13. My first hole in one! The mountain back drop gives you a sense of awesomeness for where you are. The hole might seem easy but if you walk away with par you have done well. Aim left and your ball will funnel to the hole.
Favorite lunch item at The View: Clubhouse sandwich with yam fries!
Volunteerism & Special Interests: Columbia Valley Search & Rescue, Columbia Valley Golf Tour – Junior Golf Committee. Special Interests include Living in the Mountains!
Mike Knowles – Superintendent
Professional Affiliations: CGSA, WCTA, BCGSA (Director on the kootaney chapter board), and NGCOA.
When did you start playing golf? Started playing with my grandfather when I was 13 years old at the Canmore Golf Club.
How long have you worked at Copper Point: I have been at Copper Point since Construction. (Minus a 2 year stint at Riverside in Fairmont)
Favourite hole on The Point and why: Hole #3 on the Point. This hole has a breath taking tee shot, with a fairway lined in large intimidating traps. This hole also has the best view on the Point side.
Favourite hole on The Ridge and why: Hole #12 on the Ridge. A challenging tee shot with the only fairway bunker and water hazard on the course. The approach shot takes skill to avoid green side bunkering. From the tee the white side traps outline this hole and make it visually appealing.
Favourite lunch item at The View: Nothing beats a good Clubhouse sandwich.
Volunteerism & Special Interests: I enjoy Snowboarding and playing Golf with my son.
Michael-Ann Boyer – Controller
Professional Affiliations: CGA
When did you start playing golf?: 10 years old
How long have you worked at Copper Point: For 9 years
Favorite hole on The Point and why: #3, I love the long shots and great view.
Favorite hole on The Ridge and why: It depends on how I’m playing but I love the view on #14.
Favorite lunch item at The View: Breakfast!
Volunteerism & Special Interests: Global Animal Lovers – Invermere Rescue, Alta Spray & Neuter Task Force, Handicap Scuba Association. Special interests include Scuba Diving and more Scuba Diving!
Casey Johnson – Head Teaching Professional
Professional Affiliations: PGA of Canada Class A Member
When did you start playing golf? 12 years of age
How long have you worked at Copper Point: First season as the Head Teaching Professional at the Academy
Favorite hole on The Point and why: #13 – my first impression was a dislike of this golf hole. After many rounds played the necessity to pin point a very good accurate tee shot as close to the slope as possible in order to have the least yardage in as possible. The approach demands a solidly struck mid-long iron or even hybrid pending your tee shot… Accuracy is a must depending on pin placement and making a putt from anywhere on the green is difficult. Walk away with par and your never unhappy.
Favorite hole on The Ridge and why: #2 – a wide open often down wind tee shot helps you usually get quite close to the green. If you execute the tee shot properly its a short chip/pitch onto the green and hopefully a make able early round birdie to get your score going.
Favorite lunch item at The View: A caeser……. Don’t know the menu lol. How about a steak sandwich.
Volunteerism & Special Interests:
I have hosted an annual charity golf tournament “Windy Valley Golf Day” since I was in my early 20’s. In its history, this tournament has raised over $25,000 dollars to help underprivileged kids in the local community. It is something I hold very close to me and something I’m extremely proud of.
My special interests include travel, cooking, learning, reading, people, and basically any and all sport/activity. As long as I am outside and pushing myself in an area such as surfing, rock climbing, biking etc…. I’m one happy Golf Pro!
Monica Fisher – Food and Beverage Manager
Professional Affiliations: Director of Mountain of Hope Society, Canadian Ski Instructors Association, Canadian Association on Snowboard Instructors.
When did you start playing golf? 17 years old at Eagle Ranch Golf Course working for Brian Schaal in Eagle Ranch’s first year open.
How long have you worked at Copper Point: This is my first year
Favorite hole on The Point and why: Hole 3, the tee is elevated which gives you a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. The shot is challenging with the sand trap but also forgiving if planned properly.
Favorite hole on The Ridge and why: Hole 1, beautiful view of the valley with a nice straight drive, downhill to the t box. Makes you feel like a pro from the get go.
Favorite lunch item at The View: Deluxe Deli with on of Thijs’s homemade soups.
Favorite Dinner item at The View: Lamb Chops or Steak Tartar for an appetizer and the Salmon for my main.
Favorite Dessert item at The View: Chocolate Mousse or the Panna Cotta.
Volunteerism & Special Interests: Director of Mountain of Hope Society, our mission is to assist persons in the community that have suddenly come upon difficult times and that do not have other resources to call on. Attending University for Social Work and Disability Studies, I enjoy anything where people and helping are involved. Organizer of “Help Tim Kick Cancer’s A$$” fundraiser, participant in the Raise the Roof Campaign, working with any marginalized population, advocacy and education. I also enjoy downhill mountain biking, dirt biking, camping, and pretty much anything outdoors. I have a passion for fine food, wine and craft beer.
Thijs Boersma – Executive Chef
Professional Affiliations: Level 4 European Trained Chef
When did you start playing golf? The summer of 2010
How long have you worked at Copper Point: This is my first year.
Favourite hole on The Point and why: Haven’t played The Point Course yet, but can’t wait to find out which one will be my favourite.
Favourite hole on The Ridge and why: Hole # 3, because of the ravine and the deep bunker in front of the green
Favourite lunch item at The View: The Deluxe Deli Sandwich
Volunteerism & Special Interests: Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Cooking and Camping. Love playing soccer and basketball.