The new ownership group for Elk Ridge Resort seeks to leave a lasting mark on the resort and golf course.
The new group is made up of eight owners, all from Saskatchewan, called Route2SK Inc. One of the owners says it had to be a group of Saskatchewans taking over Elk Ridge.
“Ahead. A very good mindset. We’ve done a lot of work, a lot of work and we’re not done yet,” said managing partner Ryan Danberg.
The resort is just outside of Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park in northern Saskatchewan.
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Elk Ridge has signed a multi-year contract with the PGA Tour Canada to host events through 2028.
The organization canceled a recent tournament due to excessive rain that flooded the course, but the owners paid $40,000 for more than 100 golfers. The winner, Cooper Dossey of Austin, Texas, won $7,200 for shooting the best round of 62. There were also five golfers who split a $3,000 pot for shooting an eagle on the 18th hole.
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“Once you drive up here, you start to relax as there is a great feeling of community,” said Darlene Tuleta, Elk Ridge Sales and Marketing Manager.
“We have more than 150 staff members working here from all over the province, some from abroad. Different cultures working together, we did it,” said Ryan Wells, professional golfer from Elk Ridge.
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The resort consists of a clubhouse, hotel, and living areas filled with cabins and houses, and is about a 10-minute drive from Lake Waskesiu.
“The ownership group and all the managers are absolutely wonderful people to work for and report to. It’s a great feeling to be here in the summer.” Shayden Smith Elk Ridge Pro Shop Employee.
Danberg says the complex always had to be run by people born in Saskatchewan.
“Saskatchewan people do it better,” Danberg said.
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He adds that hosting big events is crucial to further success at Elk Ridge.
“We are hosts, we love people, we have a different mentality. We are not afraid to talk to connect. Asking the questions, ‘Where are you from? You know?’” Danberg said.
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