About Tower Ranch

Tower Ranch has been described as one of the most beautiful and exciting courses offered anywhere in North America. The views are spectacularly breathtaking and the golf holes unique and challenging. Positioned high atop the eastern bench, the golf course lends itself to sweeping views of scenic downtown Kelowna and Okanagan Lake as it winds its way through the rugged hills and across daunting fissures. Renowned golf course architect Thomas McBroom took advantage of every variation in the land to craft this remarkable and distinctive course that needs to be experienced to be believed.

Our Team

Cronk Group Management

Carrington Group is excited to announce that The Cronk Group, a trusted leader in golf business management and consulting in Canada, has been selected to manage all operations at Tower Ranch Golf Club effective immediately.

“The Cronk Group comes highly recommended from both the private and public sector of the golf industry,” said David Keelan, CFO of Carrington Group of Companies. “Their reputation, knowledge, and experience in the industry makes them a perfect fit to lead Tower Ranch Golf Club moving forward.”

Day-to-day management will be provided by Eric Thorsteinson, Director of Operations for Cronk Group. Eric has extensive club management experience, including managing four of the Top 100 Courses and Resorts in Canada. Designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Thomas McBroom, Tower Ranch is a golfer’s golf course with a rugged layout, undulating true greens and immaculate conditions. A favourite destination for both local and travelling golfers from around the world, award-winning Tower Ranch is continuously ranked as one of the best courses in the Okanagan.

“We are thrilled to embark on a new era with Tower Ranch Golf Club” said James Cronk, Principal of Cronk Group. “We believe strongly that this magnificent facility can continue to grow and prosper, and we have some exciting plans for 2019 and beyond that we believe will help the club maximize its potential.”

Eric Thorsteinson – Director of Operations – Cronk Group

250-491-8211 (ext 211) | gm@golftowerranch.com

Eric has had the pleasure of managing four of the top 100 Golf Courses and Resorts in Canada. Eric has a passion for creating memorable experiences for his guests and staff alike.

A graduate of the Golf Management program at Lethbridge Community College, Eric holds the distinction of being the first member of PGA Canada, with the internationally recognized Certified Club Manager designation given by the Club Managers Association of America. Key strengths and core competencies include; Club Governance, Food & Beverage Management, Accounting & Financial Management, Human & Professional Resources, Leadership, Marketing, Golf & Sport Management, External & Governmental Influences, Facilities Management, and Interpersonal Skills. He was presented the PGA of Canada Merchandiser of the Year Award.

As a past Board Member of the PGA of Alberta, past President of the Southern Interior Branch of the Canadian Society of Club Managers and past National Board Member of the CSCM, he brings a unique and broad body of experiences to Cronk Group.

Jason Carleton – Superintendent

250-212-1423 | jcarleton@golftowerranch.com

Jason Carleton has been Superintendent of Tower Ranch for 10 years. Prior to joining Tower Ranch, Jason spent two years starting up Fred Couples new signature course – The Rise Signature Golf Course in Vernon, BC. Previous to that, Jason had spent four years at the highly-acclaimed Greywolf Golf Course in Invermere, BC (three years as Superintendent). Other stops in his turf career have been at Eagle Ranch in Invermere, BC and the Innisfail Golf Club, south of Red Deer, Alberta where his career began.

Miles Palahniuk  – Head Professional

250-491-8211 | mpalahniuk@golftowerranch.com

Miles honed his management and leadership skills at Kelowna Golf & Country Club, Sunset Ranch Golf Club and most recently at The Harvest Golf Club where he spent the past 3 years as Pro Shop Manager and Associate Professional. Miles was recognized as the Class A Professional of the year for the Okanagan Valley in 2015 and in that same year, was recognized as a Top 100 PGA of Canada Professional.

Eric Noble – Executive Chef

250-491-8211| enoble@golftowerranch.com

Eric grew up in Victoria and as a teen worked at a Greek restaurant where he fell in love with cooking as well as golf, as a junior member at Royal Colwood Golf Course. In 2002 he moved to the Okanagan where he started culinary school and apprenticed with one of the top chefs in BC (part of Team Canada at the culinary Olympics ). He started as a prep cook at the Okanagan Golf Club and eventually became Executive Chef there in 2007. Eric joined Tower Ranch in 2015. He has a passion for cooking as well as the golf industry and his menus reflect a casual flair using fresh ingredients and plenty of creativity…a perfect blend of fine-dining with a touch of ‘down-home’ hospitality! 

Carrington Group
Tower Ranch Board of Directors

Dan Slaven – Chairman

Jarret Sheath – Buildings & Projects

David Keelan – Operations

Sheldon Wolanski – Marketing