Cedar Hill golf pro’s contract renewed

Saanich council approves recommendation for a three-year extension for pro at Cedar Hill Golf Course

It will be business as usual for the Cedar Hill Golf Course, following Saanich council’s endorsement to renew its golf pro contract.

Last week, council endorsed recommendations from the Sept. 3 meeting of the finance, audit and personnel standing committee, which sought to extend its contract with Rencher Golf Services and retain Craig Rencher as the course’s golf pro.

Staff had requested a three-year extension at $65,000 per year, with a two-year option to renew. While Rencher’s annual fee began at $55,000 and increased to $65,000, it remains competitive, with other fees in the region ranging from $70,000 to $92,000, according to the report.

“Mr. Rencher and his staff have provided a consistently high level of service to the golfers and to district staff, and he has been instrumental in assisting with the research and implementation of the current FootGolf initiative,” read the report.

“His relationship skills with the golfers and the club have been valuable in working through the recent challenging years and in retaining golfers at the course.”

Rencher has provided services for the club since 2001.

Staff noted the contract extension would allow for the replacement of the course’s aging golf cart fleet, an expense covered by the golf pro.

The endorsement by council also requested city staff to present recommended 2015 to 2016 rates at the November 2015 committee meeting, as well as more detailed financial information on food and beverage services.