Rocky Crest Golf Resort

Rocky Crest Golf Resort

November 30, 2015 20:24 ET

Rocky Crest Golf Resort Begins Recruiting for 2016

After a Busy 2015, Rocky Crest Golf Resort on Lake Joseph has Begun Their Annual Recruitment Campaign to Staff the Full-Service Muskoka Resort and Golf Club for the 2016 Season

MUSKOKA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 30, 2015) - Rocky Crest Resort, like most Ontario resorts in cottage country has a problem. It has become increasingly difficult to recruit experienced hospitality staff outside of the large urban centres since temporary foreign workers permits are no longer issued for their industry. "While there are some young people that may be in the area for the summer cottage season that can fill some positions, we have great difficulty finding staff for the more experienced job requirements in the kitchen, front desk, and guest services. We are running an upscale Muskoka resort, and we simply cannot train inexperienced workers to the level our customers demand with the short seasonal window. Things go from quiet to super busy in a matter of weeks," says Jerry Feltis General Manager of Rocky Crest Resort a ClubLink property on Muskoka's Lake Joseph.

Some of the junior positions can be filled by students in various college-based hospitality programs but part of the problem is that the ramp up and ramp down of the peak tourist season is somewhat longer than the "off time" students have outside the classroom. As well, there are simply not enough students, and while they have some hospitality experience, they generally can't fill the more skill-intense or senior positions.

Rocky Crest has turned to actively marketing for skilled staff that may be willing to come north for the peak tourist season. "To get your fair share of skilled help you can't sit around and wait for them to come to you. We are actively out looking for them. We even have a recruiting web page this year to create a higher level of awareness. We are also negotiating with regional tourism organizations to do this cooperatively, so that a number of resorts that have the same recruitment problems can get together and market as a stronger unified voice to get our message out there collectively as an industry group," adds Feltis.

Part of the issue is that most rural resorts can only afford to keep a core staff of experienced workers year-round, and many of the others are hired for a relatively short term. The situation is so bad some resorts are thinking that they might have to close their doors if they can't attract base staffing levels. At some point, the government needs to reassess the situation. While everyone wants to employ qualified Canadian workers first, it is difficult in the hospitality industry to compel workers to leave the cities that offer a more lucrative hospitality market vs.a short stint contract out in cottage country.

About Rocky Crest Golf Resort: One of Ontario's premier lakefront resorts and golf clubs Rocky Crest Golf Resort is a traditional full-service Ontario resort and a favorite Muskoka vacation destination for families, couples, group events, and destination weddings. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Joseph, Rocky Crest offers superior accommodations in tastefully furnished waterfront suites, spacious villas and cozy cottages and cabins. Rocky Crest features casual and fine-dining options, wedding, conference and meeting facilities, a full-service onsite spa, extensive recreational facilities and an award-winning ClubLink affiliated golf course on site. For more information about Rocky Crest Golf Resort, or to book a romantic getaway, golf vacation or Muskoka resort wedding, visit ( or call 866-323-3305.

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  • Jerry Feltis, General Manager
    Rocky Crest Golf Resort
    Hamer Bay Rd, RR #1, MacTier ON P0C 1H0


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