‘It’s his happy place’: Golf course superintendent celebrates 50 years at Riverside Golf and Country Club
A long-time employee of one of Canada’s top golf courses is being recognized for a milestone.
For Doug Campbell, Superintendent of Greens at Riverside Golf & Country Club, coming to work for the past 50 years hasn’t been like a job.
“In the morning, I ride when the sun comes up and look out over the river valley, and sometimes I pinch myself how lucky I am,” Campbell said. “And I can bring my dog to work, so that’s really neat.”
Campbell was recognized for his years at the Riverside Golf and Country Club on Saturday, but it’s not the first time he’s been singled out for excellence.
The Superintendent of Greens is the first from Saskatchewan to win the Canadian Greenskeeper Superintendents Association (CGSA) Greenskeeper of the Year award in 2016.
For Campbell, it’s a family tradition. His father Don was the managing director until his retirement in 1996.
“My brother, my sister and I all worked here when we were young,” said Campbell, who passed on his passion to his wife and stepchildren.
“I was asked by one of the board members to come and cover maternity leave, so I came and did some accounting, and got to know the people here,” said Campbell’s wife, Kim Larsen. “I fell in love with the place. I cut greens part time. I’ve been doing this for 15 years, and it’s my favorite time of day.
The Riverside Golf and Country Club was recently ranked 75th among the Top 100 Courses in Canada for 2020.
For Campbell, who has been on the golf course all his life, he has no plans to retire anytime soon.
“I haven’t given it much thought yet,” he said. “I think another 10 years as long as my health is good.”
Watching generations grow and share their passion for golf allows Campbell to take care of the course.
“The members have always treated me like family, so I have no end in sight,” he said.
“I love seeing him love going to work every day because so few people really love going to work all the time,” Larsen said.
“He comes on his days off. It’s his refuge, and he’s just going on a little cruise and it calms him down. It’s his happy place.