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Golf at Jonathan's Landing

Professionally Speaking

With Joe Downey, Director of Golf

Another summer has come and gone as we now look ahead to a wonderful golf season at Jonathan’s Landing. With the hard work of association chairs, the schedule of events has been set to entertain and excite everyone for a winter full of camaraderie and competition. The Golf Book has been sent via PDF to everyone and hard copies are available for collection in both Golf Shops upon your arrival. The event schedule will be highlighted with an active lineup from our Men’s, Ladies’ 18, Ladies’ 9 and “J”ents & “L”adies groups.  All events are ready for sign-up on ForeTees, so jump in with both feet and join in the action!

While much of our season is built upon the event schedule, there are still many other aspects that build the JL experience to what it is. Golf course conditions are looking to be the best they have ever been. Don Taylor and his team have put in a full summer of regular, and added, maintenance projects so that when that first “cool” breeze arrives this month, conditions will prove to be challenging yet fair. Also along the topic of our courses, the final stages of our Old Trail Project are set to begin this Spring and I cannot begin to express the excitement myself and my staff have for this to come to fruition. The Hills property will turn into something our South Florida golf community has never seen before, and how fortunate we are to be in the epicenter of it. I encourage you to dive into the design plans for the golf course and practice facility that the Hanse Golf Design team has put together to see for yourself. They are available to view through the Club website. If you’re as excited as I am, I’d love to hear your input so please do not hesitate to come talk to me about it.

We believe that one of the selling points for someone looking to join Jonathan’s Landing does not just lie in the facilities, it is rooted in the passion the current Members have being a part of the Club. It is more than just a place to utilize but a place that becomes a part of your life. One of the main examples of this is the diversity and amount of group play that is available on a weekly basis. I have to tip my cap and thank all of you who are group captains, your dedication makes my job of getting new Members connected and acclimated to the Club that much easier. With that being said, if you are looking to get involved and fill in your weekly schedule, please ask myself or my staff for assistance.

The Professional Staff that you’ll see in the Village and at Old Trail will be a pleasant mix up of familiar and new faces. Joining the Old Trail Professional Staff as new Assistants are Dakun Chang and Tara Petruzillo. Dakun joins us after over 5 years at Twin Orchard Country Club in the North Suburbs outside Chicago. Twin Orchard is a 36-hole facility with an active tournament schedule, so his experience will come well suited for Old Trail. Dakun also brings a golf game with a long list of playing honors. He was the 2018 Chicago PGA Section Champion and through his success has qualified to play in four PGA Professional National Championships. Tara will be new to the team but a familiar face to some of you as she joins us from Westhampton Country Club where her titles include Golf Shop Manager and Tournament Director. Returning to our Village Professional Staff, after spending their summers in the northeast, are Max Bosco and Jared Werner.

In addition to new staff, two outside staff members at each location have proved their worth in leadership and hard work. Congratulations to Matt Badach at Old Trail and Tyler Huffman in the Village who have been promoted to our Outside Operation Managers leading our bagroom staff and starters. We are excited how our team has developed and are eager to showcase our service levels to you and your guests this season.

Thanks for all your continued support of our programs and team. Safe travels south and let us know what we can do to make your winter all the more enjoyable.

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