The general manager of the Lone Wolf golf course is settling into a new role


There’s a new sheriff in town.

Okay, maybe not a sheriff, but a new general manager for Taylor’s Lone Wolf golf course.

Mark Yurkin arrived earlier this spring after former manager Ryan Galay was promoted to the new position of community services manager.

A native of Ontario, Yurkin says he’s had a club in his hands since he was about three or four years old.

“I grew up in Brampton, just outside of Toronto. I lived in the city for about seven or eight years. I decided to come out west about eight or nine years ago. I started in Banff, was in Lloydminster for a while, then Jasper.

It was there that he learned much of his trade in the restaurant and hospitality industry and applied for the job at Taylor.

He considers himself an avid outdoorsman, having climbed Mount Robson, near Jasper, nearly two dozen times.

“I’m looking forward to doing some exploring here once I have some time,” Yurkin said.

With the pandemic, golf courses are one of the few places that have seen an increase in activity.

Yurkin, however, hopes to see even more faces, literally, with the lifting of masking and gathering restrictions earlier this year.

“We have a few tournaments planned this year. Things are looking up in this department.

When asked if he will enjoy living up north, he admits he doesn’t mind the snow.

He may have tempted fate by saying this – the club’s season opening date in April delayed a few days by snow and golf postponed a few days for the same reason in May.

Yurkin will be happy to know that it’s not snowing here in June.

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