Board Announcement

River Bend Golf & Recreation Society

The Board of Directors of River Bend Golf and Recreation Society are pleased to announce the following management changes that we are confident will allow River Bend Golf and Recreation Area to meet the growing demand from the citizens of Red Deer, Central Alberta, and visitors from all over the world.  The demands have changed substantially in the past 5 years and we needed to restructure in the way we operate to meet those demands.

Not only has the golf course at River Bend become one of the best in Central Alberta, the recreation area is the perfect blend of a well-maintained recreation space and natural areas.  With the restructuring taking place, we want to ensure that the maintenance to the 420 acres doesn’t change and River Bend remains the Crown Jewel of Central Alberta.

General Manager:

Rob MacPherson’s appointment is effective February 1, 2019.  Rob comes to us from the Ponoka Golf Club, where he has spent the last 36 years in various roles, with the last number of years as their General Manager and Head Professional.  Rob is very familiar with the golf and recreation industry.  He has demonstrated the ability to instill a high level of customer service with all his staff members.  In addition, Rob has implemented many innovative ways in meeting the changing market.  Besides golf, Rob enjoys curling, hockey, and both down hill and cross-country skiing.  Rob and Brenda, along with their daughter will be relocating to Red Deer this year.

Head Professional:

Phil McCluskey’s appointment is effective February 15, 2019.  Phil comes to us from Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club in Drumheller.  Phil has spent his entire career with Dinosaur Trail starting as an Assistant Pro in 1993 and became the Head Professional in 1996.  In 2003 Phil was promoted to General Manager/Head Professional, a position he has held until his move to River Bend.  He is originally from Red Deer and looks forward to coming home with his family.  Phil is well known for his energy, enthusiasm and exceptional customer service.  Phil has demonstrated the ability to promote the golf course in unique ways.

Course and Grounds Superintendent:

Jason Brattley’s appointment is effective February 4, 2019.  Jason has been the Assistant Superintendent at River Bend for the past 7 years.  Jason is an integral part of the team that developed maintenance levels and turf care that we have all come to enjoy.  He is well versed in the maintenance levels that are required for all four seasons at River Bend.  His promotion to the Superintendent position is well deserved.  Jason has demonstrated a passion for the property and is a proven leader of the team.  Before coming to River Bend, Jason worked at Alberta Spring Golf Resort over a 12-year period while obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce degree and diploma in Turfgrass Management.

The Board of Directors is confident that along with Sam Rajapaksa, our Food & Beverage Manager and Michelle Krill, our Events Co-ordinator, we have assembled a strong team to lead us to become the premier facility in Central Alberta for golf, cross-country skiing, biathlon, biking, hiking, water fun, weddings, events and recreation.