December 2019: Juneau
Juneau is a big, goofy ball of fur malamute / shepherd cross that was rescued from Northern Manitoba, Canada. Not even the grumpiest golfer having the worst round of their life can hold back a smile when a tongue hanging out of her mouth sideways Juneau rumbles past fur flying everywhere!
Juneau started ride along’s at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club as a puppy and continues to keep watch on the course, “her” staff and the local wildlife daily. Her day begins with a thorough greeting to the crew during the morning meeting while giving special attention to those team members that may have something special in their pocket…and continues with a run through Westwood’s two courses. No small feat as the dramatic mountain course at 1300 feet above sea level is laid out over a large range with striking granite rock faces, precipitous ravines, huge Douglas Fir trees and extreme elevation changes from hole to hole. Juneau enjoys keeping the duck and goose population in check as well as keeping an eye on the mountain wildlife that includes: bear,deer,cougar,lynx,rabbit and those meddling coyotes that look like “friends” but she is not allowed to chase…the only things worse than slow golfers who break up her tour, are fast ducks and coyotes she’s not allowed to “play with’, and the only thing better than a busy workday, is a snooze on the office couch or soon, a golf course covered in snow..her favorite.
Mike Putrus has been the Golf Course Superintendent since 2010 and enjoys the continual challenges that the mountain setting of Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club provides and is looking to get the course ready to enter it’s 25th anniversary season.. The “edge of the world” setting, radical terrain, exciting layout, wildlife and scenic views of Vancouver’s Lower mainland are a “can’t be beat office”, never a dull moment up here.
Photo by Mike Putrus