WHITE BEAR LAKE - Chad Keens is the golf operations/general manager for the White Bear Lake Golf Course.
For all of his adult life, Keens has been employed in the hospitality industry and managed the Elk Ridge Resort north of Prince Albert for many years.
The White Bear Lake Golf Course is one of the premier courses in all of Saskatchewan. The front nine was constructed in 1986 with the back nine built and shaped six years later.
Keens says he is honoured to have been selected to manage the course. The restaurant has undergone major renovations this year and is now open Monday to Sunday, seven days a week.
While there was poor weather to start the season, the golf course hosted numerous tournaments which were well attended. The course is now in the midst of tourist season and bookings have been solid.
Wednesday is men’s night with a 5:30 p.m. shotgun start and a home-cooked meal after the round.
Despite being on the job for only a short time, Keens appreciates the veteran staff that have returned.
“Golf superintendent Larry Palmer is the best in the business and his mentoring and expertise is greatly appreciated. He and the veteran grounds crew have the course in incredible shape. Jake McLeod and Jace-Lynn Akan are back running the clubhouse and everything is running smoothly.”
Keens is a long-time resident of Moose Jaw and is married with two children. In his eyes, the customer always comes first, and every day Keens looks forward to meeting the clientele. He is residing full-time at White Bear Lake and will continue to work seven days a week until the end of the year.
Keens is very excited to be part of the 2022 golfing season.
“Please feel free to stop in and visit this wonderful facility. I would be happy to meet you. See you at the Bear.”