Meet VaJoWa’s Kurt McDowell

16 years ago
    A new face will be seen around VaJoWa Golf Course in Island Falls.
Kurt McDowell has taken on the job of golf pro for the 2008 season and he’s excited about the new venture.     “Since arriving in Maine, I have been working hard to ensure that golfers will have a great experience at VaJoWa,” he said. “The goal I have for VaJoWa is to ensure the customers receive excellent service along with the outstanding playing conditions. I hope we can exceed our customers’ expectations and I will be working on new programs and ideas to make sure the experience at VaJoWa is a great one.”
Growing up in metro Detroit, McDowell and his family spent summers at their cottage in Gladwin, Mich. and he learned to play golf at the local course, Sugar Springs Country Club.
“My dad had me on the golf course at age 3, and I have been playing ever since,” he said. “I took my first job at the golf course when I was 16 and really enjoyed it. At that time, I decided it was the career path I wanted to follow.”
McDowell went to Ferris State University, receiving his major in professional golf management and marketing. While in college, he worked as a second assistant at two public Detroit courses, as well as a summer on Long Island at a private course.
“After graduating from college, I took a job as an assistant golf pro at a mid-scale public course in the middle of Michigan,” McDowell said. “I worked there as the assistant for six months before the head professional left and I replaced him. I finished up the 2006 golf season as interim head professional and then took over as the head professional last year.”
Looking to expand his golfing experience, Kurt was browsing a PGA Web site and found an opening at VaJoWa and applied online.
“I wanted a new position that would give me more flexibility to instill the programs and operational procedures,” he said. “I wanted, as well, to increase my exposure to other aspects of the golf industry.”
He interviewed with Warren and Ben Walker in Florida, and was hired. He moved to Island Falls at the beginning of April.
“I have enjoyed the town,” he said. “The area is beautiful and the people have been nothing but friendly to me. While it’s an adjustment from the city and suburban life I am used to, I feel that I will enjoy the time I spend here.”