Smithers Golf and Country Club Hires Its First Female Golf Pro

The Smithers Golf and Country Club has hired its first female golf pro.

Anouk Guelidi is orginally from France, where she didn't actually start golfing until she was 21.

But she managed to become a French Amateur champion, and parlayed that into a professional career on the Ladies European tour.

She came to Canada in 2004, and nine years later, became the technical golf coach for the University of Ottawa's Men's Golf Team.

In her new role as the golf professional and club-house manager for the Smithers Golf Club, she wants to work with the local board to grow the game, especially among young people -- and to that end, a new fee structure is being introduced, offering some lower pricing for golfers between the ages of 20 and 40.  

"I think it's going to attract different people with different budgets and different needs -- right now we've got a vision to try to bring more new members and young members and to develop a strong junior program and develop a good academy on the aspect of growing the game;  the other plan about the business is the beauty of the location, I can see the restaurant to be more like a real restaurant, open to the public and open to the members," she said.

The Smithers club is also introducing corporate memberships this year.

Early Bird registration is taking place until April 15th.