Deer Creek Golf, Deer Creek Banquet Facility and Salem Ridge Golf & Academy are located in North Ajax. Our facilities are central to a number of different hotels. Glen Cedars Golf Club is located in Pickering, in close proximity to Markham.
Deer Creek Golf and Deer Creek Banquet Facility
Cory Russell, Director of Food & Beverage
Cory was a seasonal employee of Deer Creek Group from 2001 to 2010 where he worked in various roles including outside support staff, pro-shop attendant, cook, bartender, server and restaurant supervisor. During these years, Cory completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Hotel and Food Administration at the University of Guelph - School of Hospitality and Tourism. After being involved in the catering industry as an Event Coordinator, Cory decided to further his education at Durham College where he received a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management.
Cory was excited to rejoin the Deer Creek team in 2012 as our Human Resources Manager and has now recently been named our Director of Food & Beverage. One of his many goals is to continually support the Deer Creek mission statement, which outlines our commitment to building lasting customer and employee relationships.
In his spare time, Cory enjoys traveling, time spent with family and friends, reading and, of course, golf.
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Sean Ashley, Executive Chef
Executive Chef Sean Ashley, with over 18 years of experience, creates culinary feats, including extraordinary banquets served in exceptional surroundings here at Deer Creek Banquet Facility. Born in Sept-îles, Quebec, Chef Ashley started his national culinary career as a cook in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before moving to the Canadian Rockies and working in the kitchens of well-known ski resorts. He went on to learn traditional French cuisine when he attended culinary school in Lethbridge, Alberta.
His career flourished as he travelled to Toronto, Ontario to work in numerous Theatre district restaurants holding titles such as Head Chef. Chef Ashley next moved to The Fairmont Royal York and advanced to a leadership role in both large volume banquets and fine dining outlets. In the largest kitchen in Canada, Chef Ashley was part of the team who produced many high-end functions for VIP guests at the G20 conference, IFFA, the Royal Visits and TIFF, just to name a few.
In 2011, Chef Ashley joined the team at Deer Creek Banquet Facility where he oversees the kitchen brigade that helps to create his unique culinary vision. With an enthusiastic commitment to teaching, Chef Ashley spearheads the apprentice program and has trained many young apprentices.
With a focus on local Canadian food, Chef Ashley and the kitchen brigade prepare high-quality cuisine with elegant, uncomplicated presentation. Chef Ashley enjoys the support of his family, which includes his wife and two daughters. When not in the kitchen or spending time with his family, Chef Ashley can often be found fishing.
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John Downes, PGA of Canada Tournament Director
John brings dedication, commitment and tournament experience to the Deer Creek Group. Born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, John was involved in sports all of his life. He excelled at hockey, baseball, football and golf. From his upbringing in Scarborough and after his junior hockey days were over he went on to work at Bell Canada for numerous years in management.
In 1994, he moved to Nobleton, Ontario and by 1999 he was working for Nobleton Lakes Golf Club doing various jobs at the club. It was during this time John believed that he belonged in the golf industry. He resigned from Bell Canada and focused on his future in the golf industry. He graduated from Humber College in Professional Golf Management and became a PGA of Canada Professional in 2003.
At Nobleton Lakes he learned the in and outs of organizing large golf tournaments with the guidance of Head Golf Professional Greg Hickey. After spending seven years learning the golf business, John became the Head Golf Professional at Innisfil Creek Golf Club.
John jumped at the opportunity and spent the next five years growing the membership and tournament base at the club. Innisfil Creek gave John the tools he needed to grow and flourish in the golf industry. In 2011, John joined the Deer Creek family as the PGA of Canada Tournament Director where he intends to bring his knowledge and dedication to the tournament operation and see it grow to new heights.
Feel free to contact John with any questions or concerns pertaining to your next tournament event
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Glen Cedars Golf Club
Beverly Reed, Club Manager
Bev joined the team at Glen Cedars in the spring of 1987. She oversees all department heads, and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Glen Cedars. In her spare time Bev enjoys golfing, curling, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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Dan Mayes, Golf Manager
Dan has been a part of the team at Glen Cedars since 1990. As our Golf Manager he oversees the day-to-day operations of the clubhouse and golf staff. Having been in the industry for 21 years, Dan most enjoys his interaction with the members and customers on a daily basis.
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Spencer Gray, Tournament Coordinator
Spencer joined the team at Glen Cedars Golf Club in 2014 as a Pro-Shop Attendant. His passion for the game of golf and providing customers with an exception experience has contributed to the start of his professional career making the move from Tournament Coordinator to Golf Manager, where he over sees the day-to-day operations of the clubhouse and staff. Spencer has worked several different positions at Glen Cedars which has allowed him the opportunity to grow in different facets of the golf industry. When Spencer isn’t working, you will often find him out golfing at one of our facility’s.
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Salem Ridge Golf & Academy
Bob Pelletier – PGA of Canada Class 'A' Professional
Bobby joined the Salem Ridge team of established Professionals as Class A member of the PGA of Canada in 2007. Bobby brings 15 years of teaching experience to the Salem Ridge Golf & Academy and has attended countless hours attending Seminars furthering his knowledge of the golf swing. He has been certified in Level 1 TPI training in Orlando Florida, allowing him to conduct Physical Screens on students so they can better understand the body/swing connection. On top of that Bobby has also joined only 3 other Professionals in Ontario in being AimPoint certified. Aimpoint is a proven green reading method used by over 200 Tour Pros.
Bobby has also completed Ping Fitting seminars in Phoenix and Callaway seminars in Carlsbad, CA and is a certified Ping and Callaway Club Fitting specialist. Bobby graduated from the Professional Golf Management program while attending Niagara College in 2004.
Bobby’s main objective as a teaching professional is to focus in on the students goals and helping them to achieve new levels. Bobby turned professional at the age of 20 and has had a successful golf career so far.
Some of his playing highlights include:
• 1st place Ontario College Athletic Association provincial championships in 2002
• 1st place in two Professional events in 2004 on the NDPGA Tour
• A career low -8 (64) in a NDPGA Tour event in 2011
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Cameron Carty - PGA of Canada Class ‘A’ Professional
Director of Instruction, Salem Ridge Golf & Academy
Cameron Carty is an experienced PGA of Canada Class ‘A’ Professional who first joined the CPGA in 1997 while working at Donalda Club. He has considerable experience coaching junior golfers and is Junior Coach Level 2 certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI JC2) and PGA of Canada trained for Coaching New Competitors (CNC).
His professional experience and training has allowed him to appreciate the fact that people learn in their own unique fashion and personal pace. However, through the use of innovative training techniques, positive re-enforcement, and open communication with his students Cameron has also come to appreciate that anyone can improve their skill level and playing ability while truly enjoying the learning experience!
Cameron employs a simple and straightforward philosophy: Test – Modify/Change – Re-Test – Repeat! Always encouraging people to have fun while learning new skills and playing better golf!
He has always enjoyed learning and entertaining new ideas and his interests have seen him earn a Marketing & Business Administration Diploma from Centennial College and Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University.
Most importantly, Cameron strongly believes that training and coaching people in golf presents the opportunity to always be learning from the communication process between student and coach!
• AimPoint Express Green Reading System – Certified
• Coaching New Competitors (CNC) – Trained
• Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – Junior Coach 2 (JC2) – Certified
• Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – Level 1 – Certified
• PGA of Canada Instructor of Advanced Golfers (IA) – Pilot Program Trained
• PGA of Canada Fitting Workshop – Pilot Program Trained
• PGA of Canada Coaching Workshops 1 to 4 – Certified
• PGA of Canada Teaching Levels 1 to 3 – Certified
• PGA of Canada Repair Workshop – Trained
• RCGA Rules of Golf
• CPR & First Aid – Trained
• Plotkin Group Above & Beyond Customer Service Training
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Les Diggins – PGA of Canada Class 'A' Professional
Les brings with him more than 40 years of experience to the Salem Ridge Golf and Academy has been a Class A member of the PGA of Canada for 35 years. Les has competed professionally at the national and international level from 1976 thru 1985 against some of the best players in the world. Les has been lucky enough to have worked with many of our top players and instructors. Some players he has worked and competed against include the likes of Moe Norman, Al Balding and George Knudson just to name a few. Les has also given over 2000 lessons from beginner to advanced, instructed numerous junior clinics as well as ladies clinics. Les believes in a simple yet progressive approach in building a repeating golf swing.
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Alex Letros - PGA of Canada Golf Professional
Alex joins Salem Ridge for his third year working as an Assistant Pro. He is a proud member of the PGA of Canada and is working towards his class A designation. In January of 2017 He travelled to Orlando where he was trained by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) and was certified as a TPI level 1. This training provides an understanding of our physical limitations, how they affect our golf swing and how to identify and correct them. Alex is also a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Durham College.
Alex believes in a teaching philosophy that encompasses more than swing technique, including getting the most of practice time, managing the course effectively and discovering what motivates us as golfers.
Playing highlights include:
• Youngest golfer to win Whitevale Mens Club Championship
• Career low (65) in a Great Lakes Tour event in 2013
• 2nd place (76-69) PGA of Canada playing ability test 2014
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