Bob Kains
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Robert Kains Golf Course Design Ltd. was founded in 1995 after a 9 year partnership with Les Furber at GDS Golf Design Services Ltd. The company provides the Canadian and International golf communities with a progressive design philosophy and dedication to quality. Since 1986 comprehensive experience has been achieved as the designer or co-designer of over 125 golf course projects on properties ranging from mountainsides to peat moss bogs. Exposure to golf has been gained throughout Canada and internationally in 20 countries.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science Honours Degree from the University of Guelph in 1977, specializing in Environmental Horticulture. In 1984 an Ontario Diploma in Horticulture, specializing in Landscape Design, was awarded through the University of Guelph.

Instruction in golf course design has been presented in a number of forms at several institutions. From 1980-85 Bob taught in the Turfgrass Management Program at Fairview College in Fairview, Alberta. During this time the students participated in the design and construction of three golf holes on the campus. Each hole was designed in the style of a noted architect as an instructional tool for subsequent classes attending the college. In 1993 a correspondence course in Golf Course Design and Construction was developed with the cooperation of the University of Guelph and distributed to over 100 students from 1993-2006. At Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta a course in Golf Course Design and Construction was developed in 1994 and presented to students in the Golf Management Program from 1994-99. From 1996-98 a course combining distance learning and on site discussions was taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia in their Turfgrass Maintenance Certificate Program.

An extensive knowledge of golf course maintenance was gained by working at several facilities from 1971-80 where initial exposure to design and construction was also practised. Maintaining courses designed by Stanley Thompson, Robert Trent Jones, Donald Ross, Jack Nicklaus, Rene Muylaert and C.E. Robinson provided an ideal template to study several design styles of leading Golf Course Architects. The experience during these years formed a lasting appreciation of the importance for careful consideration of maintenance requirements while designing and constructing golf courses.

Bob retains membership in a number of golf associations to remain informed on the latest trends and health of the industry. These include Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, Western Canada Turfgrass Association, British Columbia Golf Course Superintendents Association, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and The Stanley Thompson Society.
Marc Lilley
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A Kimberley, British Columbia native, Marc has dedicated the majority of his career to golf. At the age of eleven Marc began his journey by working with an entomologist from the University of British Columbia to eradicate pine beetle from over 500 Ponderosa pine trees on and around the Kimberley Golf Club. His interest in golf design and construction was heightened in 1980 when the golf club decided to expand to 18 holes and hired Golf Course Architect Norman H. Woods to design and oversee the construction. Marc spent 10 years at the Kimberley Golf Club before going to the University of Victoria and studying Environmental Sciences (1982 – 84). Marc earned a diploma in Turfgrass Management Technology from Fairview College in Fairview, Alberta in (1984 – 86).

In 1987 Marc’s professional career began by accepting the Assistant Superintendents position at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course in Kananaskis Alberta (1987 – 2000). Three years later Marc was hired to be the Superintendent at the Paradise Canyon Golf & Country Club in Lethbridge Alberta, where he directed the construction, grow-in and operations (1990 – 1996). After six years in Lethbridge another opportunity came about to oversee the development of the Silvertip Golf Resort in the Rocky Mountain community of Canmore Alberta where Marc spent 11 years as Superintendent and 2 years as General Manager.

Marc joined RKGCD in December 2008 and is responsible for CADD design and construction management.