THE TEAM AT THE KALISPEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB works hard to ensure the quality of our club experience is unmatched. Every area of the club has team members dedicated to representing the values that make KGCC great. From the course management to our teaching professionals, and throughout the dining experience, the KGCC staff brings decades of experience to each area of our operation. We look forward to providing you with the best overall experience around.
A SPOKANE NATIVE, BOB CASTLE joined the Kalispel Golf and Country Club management team in May 2016 as General Manager. Bob earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management at Whitworth University and his Masters in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. Additionally, he earned a certificate in Food and Beverage Management from Cornell University, Sports Management from Columbia University of Professional Studies, and is a graduate of The American School of Broadcast. He came to KGCC from Whitworth University where he was the Assistant Athletic Director, managing corporate partnerships and athletic operations for the most successful athletic department in its conference. Bob was the 18-Year radio voice of Whitworth Athletics and currently serves as the Head Coach of the Whitworth Softball Program. He brings with him strong leadership, managerial and relationship skills as well as a passion for the hospitality and golf industries. Bob has spent nearly 30 Years working professionally in the local broadcasting industry, both on the air and behind the scenes in programming and operations. Bob has served as both President and Secretary of the Inland Empire Club Management Association of America.
A LONG-TIME CERTIFIED GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT (CGCS), Jeff Gullikson has more than 30 years of experience maintaining both public and private golf courses. With a Masters of Science Degree in Agronomy and Turfgrass Management and a minor in Ornamental Horticulture, Jeff pours his heart and soul into ensuring a world-class playing experience for golfers. For the past 19 years, Jeff has been the Golf Course Superintendent for the former Spokane Country Club, now Kalispel Golf and Country Club. Prior to that, he was the Superintendent at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina, WA for ten years and at Longview Country Club in Longview, WA for three years. His first Assistant Golf Course Superintendent position was at Mint Valley Golf Course in Longview. Jeff is a co-founder of The First Green, an education program that partners schools and golf courses to teach the environmental benefits of golf courses and introduce kids to the game of golf. Jeff has also coached high school golf at Northwest Christian for the past ten years.
Nick Mccaslin GREW UP IN SPOKANE and played golf at Mead High School before attending college at New Mexico State University. Nick earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing and minored in PGA Golf Management, all while graduating with honors as a Crimson Scholar. As Kalispel Golf and Country Club’s head golf professional, Nick oversees all aspects of golf operations, including developing member tournaments, managing the golf shop, leading the junior golf program, and providing lessons, clinics, and club fittings. Nick has a true passion for helping golfers of all abilities play better and enjoy the game more. In 2017 Nick was presented the Player Development Award by the Inland Empire PGA. Nick is also a certified PGA golf professional (earned by less than 5% of PGA professionals), as well as a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified expert. Nick was named the Inland Empire PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2015.
Travis Huskisson was raised in Austin, TX, and graduated from Whitworth University in 2008 with a B.A. of Journalism and Mass Communications. aside from Travis’ studies, he ran NCAA DIII cross country and track during his four years at Whitworth. Travis came to KGCC in 2016 from Esmeralda Golf Course, where he got his start in the golf industry. He loves working with junior golfers and helps lead the junior programs at KGCC, in addition to coaching the KGCC PGA Junior League team. Travis Is TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 1 Certified and is available for screenings, lessons and club fittings.
Amy joined the KGCC team in 2016. She spends a portion of her time at KGCC providing personal training to members and managing the fitness room and the other portion of her time at KGCC in the golf shop assisting members with their golf needs. She provides personal training to help members develop and reach their fitness goals while improving their fitness for better golf and is coordinating with fellow fitness professionals to create future fitness classes for KGCC members. Amy works with the team at KGCC in developing the fitness center and tailoring the space to best fit the members needs. She is also an active Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Professional. TPI certification gives trainers the knowledge and tools to design effective conditioning programs for players of all ages and abilities. She grew up in Spokane and has played golf ever since she could walk. Amy played high school golf for Mead, then went on to complete four years at WSU and graduated with a degree in Sport Management. During her high school and college career she competed in two US Girl’s Junior Championships, Three Junior World Championships and Three US Women’s Amateur Championships. After finishing up her college career she played the Cactus Tour for a summer, then was lucky enough to play well in Q-School and secure status on the Symetra Tour. She spent the next four years on the road playing on the Symetra Tour trying to make it to the LPGA Tour. Amy is grateful for so many amazing experiences and learned the Pacific Northwest is exactly where she wants to be!
Dining & Events
Joining the Kalispel Golf and Country Club family in 2016, Kayla has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As the Director of Hospitality, Kayla oversees all aspects of food and beverage operations. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, a Certification in Wedding and Event Planning, and a passion for food and people, Kayla is a vital piece in elevating every guest’s experience.
For over 15 years Chef Blake Kaba has traveled around the United States gaining experience from different chefs and learning new cuisines.
Born in Albania, she immigrated to New York at only twelve years old, where she developed an interest and passion for cooking in her family restaurants. Working in Queens, Rhode Island, and Brooklyn she gained a lot of experience in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
At the age of twenty, she moved to Arizona and worked for her uncle’s restaurant, and in short two years, she was promoted to head chef. After spending eight years there she took her skills to Alaska where she was the executive chef for a hotel restaurant she opened from scratch. After two years there, Chef Kaba wanted to continue her growth and moved on to Yakima, WA for an amazing private chef seasonal gig where she and a team of chefs created six to twelve-course meals for private events, mostly held at winery orchards. Once she finished up her seasonal job she moved to Spokane, WA where she first worked for Twigs Bistro & sister restaurant Tortilla Union for a total of three years. She then took her passion and helped open Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar at the Spokane Tribe Casino for a total of three years.
Currently, as the Executive Chef at 1898 Public House at Kalispel Golf Country Club, she shows her passion for what she truly loves. Crafting a menu that guests are familiar with but also offering some of her dishes with a different flair is what she mostly had in mind when joining 1898 Public House.
She puts a lot of effort into including local companies, fresh ingredients, and scratch-made dishes and truly cares for what her guests want. “My goal is to ensure each and every guest leaves full and satisfied after having our food”.
COLLEEN KENT LEADS THE SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM, bringing with her over 40 years in the hospitality industry, 20 years of experience as a restaurant owner/operator, and loves to plan events and weddings. Colleen exemplifies a true passion when helping dreams come true. Outside of events, Colleen loves to cook, entertain, garden, decorate, and of course golf.