Contract approved for new head golf pro at Indian Canyon

Spokane native Doug Phares may begin work as soon as next week

Monique Cotton, Communications and Marketing, Spokane Parks & Recreation, 509.435.1866,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:45 p.m.

The Park Board has approved a Professional Services Contract with Spokane native Doug Phares to serve as the new Head Golf Professional at Indian Canyon Golf Course. Since 2000, Phares has worked in Clarkston, Washington, as the Head Golf Professional at the Clarkston Golf and Country Club. Prior to working in Clarkston, he was the Head Golf Professional at the Stoneridge Golf Course in Blanchard, Idaho. Phares has experience working with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Division as an Assistant Golf Professional at both Downriver and the Creek and Qualchan Golf Courses.

“Doug’s experience and passion became evident during the selection process,” said Parks Director, Leroy Eadie. “It’s clear to our staff and the Park Board that he understands the importance of maximizing the attributes of the course, managing existing events, attracting new tournaments, and taking the historic course to the next level.”

Phares responded to the city’s Request for Proposals (RFP), which was distributed in the fall of 2015. Responses to the RFP were reviewed by a selection committee, comprised of Parks and Recreation staff and Park Board members. Phares was recommended by the selection committee and the recommendation was forwarded to the Park Board for approval.

Spokane Parks and Recreation and the Golf Division follow the City of Spokane’s Purchasing Department guidelines for Professional Services Contracts (for example, a golf professional services contract). A request for proposal (RFP) was distributed this fall to prospective golf professionals. The City received 14 responses.

Respondents were asked to address in their proposal the management of both the golf course and the pro-shop including retail, restaurant/concessions management experience, golf cart rentals, driving range operations, off-season course management, staff management, and management of instructional programs.