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About Golf Prince Edward Island

Golf PEI is a non-profit association of provincial golf industry stakeholders. Our mandate is to promote Prince Edward Island as a golf destination and to draw golfers from all over the world to our more than 400 fairways. There are countless reasons why PEI is your next golf destination, and we’ve highlighted just 10 of them here.

PEI is Canada’s smallest province in both size and population, but it offers 28 golf facilities, all of which are open to public play. A third of PEI’s facilities were built after 1990, and the island boasts a strong supply relative to its full-time residents. PEI boasts one golf hole per every 343 residents on PEI and a population of 6,179 for every 18 holes! (2015 Golf Canada Golf Facilities Report).

The financial spin-off from the golfing industry on PEI is significant. Almost 80% of industry related spin-off is the result of non-golfing consumption. Restaurants, retailers, accommodations, entertainment venues, tourism operators and others all benefit directly from the influx of people who come to PEI to play golf.

In 2011, PEI was named the Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year by the International Association of Golf Travel Operators. Given that much of the Island is sparsely developed, many of the province’s courses offer breathtaking views of the ocean and rolling hillsides.

Prince Edward Island - (2014 Economic Impact of Golf in Canada by NAGA)

The game of golf contributed an estimated $62.6 million toward Prince Edward Island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). ($66.2 million in 2009).

This includes:

  • 2,000 jobs (2,600 jobs in 2009);
  • $39.6 million in household income ($50.5 million in 2009);
  • $6.3 million in property and other indirect taxes ($6.1 million in 2009); and about
  • $10.5 million in federal and provincial income taxes ($11.3 million in 2009).
  • Golf in Prince Edward Island generates $147 million in total gross production through direct, indirect and induced spending impacts.

The total direct economic activity (total direct sales) resulting from Prince Edward Island’s Golf Industry is estimated at $105 million per year. Of this total, the revenues generated directly by golf courses, and their associated facilities is estimated at $34.4 million.

GOLF PEI STAFF

Executive Director

Sam MacPhail

Sam began his tenure as Executive Director of GOLF PEI in May 2022. Prior to that, he served as Policy and Communications Manager with the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island’s Faculty of Business and was elected valedictorian for the class of 2020. During his studies, he worked as an executive assistant to former Premier of PEI, Wade MacLauchlan, and also spent time working as a business consultant. He considers himself highly resourceful and entrepreneurial-minded, having been selected as one of Atlantic Canada’s 30 Under 30 by Atlantic Business Magazine. An avid golfer, Sam is a 6 handicap and tries to play as often as possible.

Golf Travel Specialist

Jennifer Sanderson

Jennifer joined Golf PEI in 2010 and spilts her duties between booking golf vacations and tee times for our clients, and doing much of the administration work required in our busy office. She is our reservation systems and properties expert, and is know for her thorough attention to detail, which ensures that golf groups contact Jennifer here at our office to book year after year.

Golf Travel Specialist

Stephanie MacDonald

Stephanie has been a golf travel specialist with Golf PEI since 2006. Our in-house bilingual agent, Stephanie has booked thousands of golfers visiting PEI from Quebec, New Brunswick and other French speaking areas of Canada and abroad. Originally from Newfoundland, Stephanie is not only an essential asset to any golfer considering PEI for their next golf vacation, but she is also, along with her husband Jeff, the proud parents of Kayla and Sadie.

Golf Travel Specialist

Janelle Parsons

Janelle, the newest member of our team joining in 2021, is a recent graduate from Travel and Tourism at Holland College. Born and raised in North Rustico P.E.I, she knows the ins and outs of the island and she has always worked within the tourism field. She has travelled the island tip to tip and experienced much of the tourism industry firsthand.

Financial Manager

Kevin Reid

Having joined us in 2019, Kevin manages all Golf PEI financial responsibilities for our busy reservation centre and golf outlet store.

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