Current PGA of Canada Atlantic Golf Professional of the Year Rene Mackay leads the Ken-Wo Golf Club as their Director of Golf and Operations. Rene has been the club’s Director since February of 2009, having previously spent 9 years at the club (1998 – 2006) working as an Assistant, Associate and Head Teaching Professional. Rene also served as the Director of Golf at the Truro Golf Club in 2007 and 2008.
Originally born and raised in Antigonish, N.S., Rene has been a member of the PGA of Canada since 1996. He is a graduate of St.Francis Xavier University where he completed his BBA (Accounting). Throughout his youth he was very active on the local golf scene having been a member of the NSGA Junior Team on two occasions while also having been crowned the 1991 NSGA Juvenile Champion and the 1992 NSGA Overall Junior Champion.
As a professional, Mr. MacKay has had the opportunity to work in various roles at well known facilities throughout the Maritime Provinces. Stops along the way included The Algonquin Resort, Ken-Wo Golf Club and the Truro Golf Club, as well as his junior golf days at the Antigonish Golf Club. He is very thankful for and appreciative of the knowledge and insight in the industry that he gained from highly respected mentors Edwin Ryan, Lindon Garron and Gerry Elliott, whom he had the pleasure of working with and learning from over the years. It is these very experiences that have molded Rene into the consummate professional that he is today.
Rene brings with him a great desire and commitment to the game and industry as a whole. His past experiences both on and off the golf course are certainly a great asset to Ken-Wo as the club moves forward in today’s challenging and competitive golf industry. He truly believes the future success of his facility, Ken-Wo Golf Club, is contingent on the satisfaction of all members and guests and will thus focus on providing the highest level of customer service in all departments. With the passion, enthusiasm and dedication Rene has for the game of golf and his position as Director of Golf, the future of Ken-Wo looks very bright.
Rene currently resides in the town of Wolfville with his wife Jodi MacKay and his 4 year old son Kooper Jaxon MacKay.
Professional Profile 2015
Date and Place of Birth: September 12, 1974
Current Employment (Title and Facility): Ken-Wo Golf Club
Current Place of Residence (Town/City): Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Family (Names of Spouse/Children): Wife – Jodi / Son - Kooper
Year Began PGA Career: 1996
Year Gained PGA Class A Membership: 2000
Why You Chose the PGA As A Career: True passion for the game and business of golf
Greatest Career Influence: My parents and family
PGA Mentor(s): Edwin Ryan, Lindon Garron, Gerry Elliott
Number of Years Playing Golf: 32
Where/When You Started Playing Golf: Started in 1982 at Antigonish Golf Club
Who Influenced You To Start Playing Golf? My father, Dan MacKay
General Golf Industry Employment Experience (i.e. 2006-2008 Head Professional - ABC Golf Club):
1996 – 1997 – Assistant Professional – The Algonquin Golf Course
1998 – 2000 – Assistant Professional – Ken-Wo Golf Club
2000 – 2005 – Associate Golf Professional – Ken-Wo Golf Club
2006 – Head Teaching Professional – Ken-Wo Golf Club
2007 – 2008 – Director of Golf – Truro Golf Club
2009 – present – Director of Golf / Executive Professional – Ken-Wo Golf Club
Education History (Post-Secondary): St. Francis Xavier University - BBA (Accounting)
Certifications: First Aid, TCCP Levels 1 - 4
Awards Received (Industry and Non-Industry Related):
2000 – PGA of Canada Atlantic Assistant Professional of the Year
2012 – PGA of Canada Atlantic Golf Professional of the Year
2013 – PGA of Canada Atlantic Retailer of the Year
PGA or Related Positions Held/Served?
2011-2013 – PGA of Canada Atlantic – Education Chairman
2013-2015 – PGA of Canada Atlantic – Business Development Chairman
2015 – PGA of Canada Atlantic – Vice-President
Significant Events Hosted at Facilities While You Were Employed:
1999 – NS Amateur @ Ken-Wo
2000 – NS Junior @ Ken-Wo
2001 – Canadian Junior Boys @ Ken-Wo
2002 – Canadian Women’s Amateur @ Ken-Wo
2010 – NS Men’s Senior @ Ken-Wo
2012 – Maritime NHL’ers For Kids @ Ken-Wo
2013 & 2014 – PGA of Canada Atlantic Zone Championship @ Ken-Wo
Professional Playing and Tournament Highlights (i.e. 2012 Zone Champion):
1992 Nova Scotia Junior Champion
1992 Atlantic Junior Champion
List 1-3 "Non-Golf" Hobbies:
Spending time with Family & Friends
Listening to Music
Collecting Sports Cards with my son Kooper
Volunteer Activities (Past and Present, Golf and/or Non-Golf Related):
Volunteer Hockey Coach
A Quote about Yourself, the Golf Industry, Life, the Golf Swing….Anything:
“I have a true passion for the game and business of golf that has provided me with so many wonderful opportunities and friendships in life. I consider myself very lucky to work in a profession that I thoroughly enjoy, one that has enabled me to provide a decent living for my family and one that I see myself working in for many years to come.
Thoughts on the Importance of Continuing Education and Your PGA Designation:
We live in an ever-changing and fast paced world so I believe it is critical to have a focus on professional development and continued education. Increased knowledge while staying abreast of the many changes within our industry will lead to job security, career advancement and possibly improved compensation.
Equipment Partner/Sponsor/Affiliation: Titleist
What’s in the bag?
Titleist AP2 Irons with KBS Shafts
Vokey Wedges – 52, 56, 60
Titliest 915 D2 Driver – 9.5 Degree
Titleist 915F Fairway Wood – 15 degree
Titleist 915H Hybrid – 18 degree
Scotty Cameron Kombi-Mid putter
One thing that is always is in your bag: Town of Antigonish commemorative coin
Other Equipment (Ball, Shoes, Glove, etc):
Ball – ProV1 – All #4’s
Shoes – FJ Icon
Glove – Titleist Players
Favorite PGA Player: Jack Nicklaus & Greg Norman