Quick 9: John Wilson – Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club
An hour’s drive from Calgary, Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club was incorporated as a golfing society in 1983. Over the next 20 years, Priddis Greens opened four 9-hole courses, eventually forming two 18-hole layouts, the Raven and the Hawk.
Both courses are set in mature forests within the rolling foothills of the Rockies, showcasing an area of outstanding natural beauty.
In our latest Quick 9 interview, Head Golf Professional John Wilson chatted to us about his role at the club, and how members have embraced the increased use of technology.
How would you describe your morning routine to kickstart your day?
A 5am wake up and a big coffee, before taking my 3 dogs – Berkeley, Finn and Buck – for a walk. Then a shower and I head to the golf course for 7ish!
Has golf always been your first love? What other sports/teams are you a fan of?
I started playing golf at 6 years old, but I started playing hockey at 4 years old. Love them both equally!
Tell us about your role at Priddis Greens? Why is it important?
My role as the Head Professional of a 36-hole private golf course with 1,300 members is to be engaged with them continually and to provide mentorship and support to our golf operations team.
Why has your course decided to invest in Tagmarshal?
We invested in Tagmarshal to help with our overall member experience and to help elevate it.
Since the implementation of the Tagmarshal system, how have your members responded to the on-course experience?
Our members have embraced the implementation of Tagmarshal, and they have seen the positive results we have gained. We have reduced average round times by almost 30 minutes since implementation.
Describe Tagmarshal in three words.
What is your dream golf destination? Why?
Bandon Dunes – I’ve been 9 times and can’t wait to get back again!
Your best golf moment?
Hole in one from 235 yards with a 1-iron.
If you could be a caddie on Tour, whose caddie would you like to be and why?
I would love to caddie for Max Homa! He just seems like such a great guy and so appreciative of where he is in his life on tour!
Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.
Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 30 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.
Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.