SportsLife 2016, Issue 2 - Page 12

Here comes Sandy Kurceba’s Falcon West By Scott Taylor Sandy Kurceba has a plan. After 11 years at Falcon Lake Golf Course, Kurceba found himself a golf professional without a home. The Government of Manitoba has decided to sell “Manitoba’s Jewel of the Wilderness,” at Whiteshell Provincial Park and Kurceba, the Director of Golfhad to find a new home. “So my cousin Kenny McCreedy, the owner and builder of Fantasy Lake sat down with me and had a chat about leasing the course,” said Kurceba, who is not just a golf professional; but a former PGA Tour player, a teacher and coach, perhaps the best trick shot artist anywhere in the world and also a highly-regarded golf course operator. “As of April 1, I became the lessee at Fantasy Lake and the plan is simple. I’m flipping the nines, so the 18th is now the island green like No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass and we’ll soon be going to work on the golf course itself.” “While many Manitobans might not have played Fantasy Lake, most Manitobans have seen it, on the highway just east of Winnipeg. We are re-branding it. It will now be called Falcon West. We’re going to bring up the grooming of the course, change some of the greens – I mean like the third green is crowned to such a degree, seniors don’t like to walk up to 12 / sportslife putt. We’ll change that and I’m going to move all five rocks at 14, the ones you can see from the highway.” It will also be the new home of SKGolf International, the company that this former hockey star and 20-year member of the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian professional tours, heads up. It’s a company that boasts a trick shot artist, a showman, a former golf teacher of the year, event planner and promoter – and even inventor – of the game and it’s all one guy. Look for yourself at www.skgolf.net. So why Falcon West? “When golfers get out on that Tr [