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Greg Sutherland has returned to Truro Golf Club as the director of golf. Sutherland spent the past two years working as head professional at Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta. Joey Smith Truro Daily News

TRURO - There's no place like home. An overused adage to be certain, but for Truro's Greg Sutherland, it certainly applies.
After working in the golf industry for the past two years in Alberta, Sutherland has returned to where it all began and couldn't be happier.
"I've been away, I've seen a high level of golf, high level of golf resorts, and it always came back to thinking about this place," said Sutherland, the new director of golf at Truro Golf Club. "I've always had a passion for the Truro Golf Club."
Sutherland, who turns 35 in June, worked as the head professional in Truro in 2004 and was director of golf in 2005 and 2006. He spent the past two years working as the head pro at Fairmont Banff Springs resort. His wife Kathy, herself a former head pro at Truro Golf Club, was the resort's assistant spa manager.
"The job at Banff Springs was quite an opportunity," he said. "It was a top 10 golf course in Canada and top 75 in the world, so it was kind of like going to the big leagues. It was an opportunity for both myself and Kathy to go and experience something greater."
Sutherland replaces Rene MacKay as director of golf in Truro. MacKay, who held the position for the past two years, is now director of golf at Ken-Wo in New Minas.
"Many people would look at (returning to Truro) as taking a step back, but I don't look at it that way,"?said Sutherland, who was an assistant pro in Truro from 1996 to 1998. "I look at it as understanding what I want. This is fun for me. I like to get up and go to work and enjoy every single day. "
Sutherland, commonly known as 'Sudsy,' said he has received a warm reception from membership at the local club.
"The club has a family atmosphere and for me it's coming home to family," he said. "Everybody's been every encouraging to me."
"We're excited to be home," he added. "You can live in beautiful places in the world and see beautiful things, but in the end life is about dealing with people and these are the people I want to deal with."
Sutherland, who holds a bachelor of commerce degree, has more than 12 years experience in the golf industry. In addition to his time out West, he has worked at many clubs throughout the Maritimes and looks forward to taking what he has learned and applying it to Truro Golf Club.
"For me, it's really exciting for the next few years," he said. "Taking these things and having all these ideas that I've seen and trying to implement those here is probably the most exciting thing for me."

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