Craig’s Yampa Valley Golf Course seeking to fill newly open pro position
Despite some shakeups in staff, Yampa Valley Golf Course and its administration are working to ensure that the Northwest Colorado links remain par for the course for the rest of the season.
YVGC is on the lookout for a new course professional following the resignation of Bob Mueller. Mueller ended his tenure with the establishment, where he had been employed since 2014,with a resignation at the end of June.
YVGC board members said Mueller’s decision was based on spending more time with family.
Since Mueller’s departure, Terresa White has been operating as the interim manager of the pro shop. White is a board member alongside Jim Loughran, Joel Sheridan, John Doane, Ryan Duran, Dave O’Mailia and Bud Bower.
We spoke with White about the future plans.
What are your current duties?
Right now, I’m doing the scheduling, and I’m also working the front desk, too, so I’ve just been trying to learn the system. We recently had the Silver Bullet, which was kind of a crunch, but everybody on board pulled together and did a great job, and the ladies were all thrilled.
Will you be in your position the entire season through October?
The board hires the replacement, and what we want to do is we don’t want to rush into anything, which is why I stepped in for the interim to manage the pro shop right now.
Unless someone steps up that we feel is really qualified, we’re not closing that option by a long shot. I could do it for two days, two weeks or two months, whatever was needed, and I kind of stepped out of retirement to help and have some stability and keep things going.
As a manager, will you be providing the same services as Mueller, such as golf lessons?
Things like college courses, we probably won’t do, but we’re going to be going forward with junior golf. Rod Compton, who’s worked in our pro shop for a couple years and has done a great job, he’ll be doing that. He’s a real low-handicapper, and he’s very knowledgeable, I think he’s gone for his PGA (Professional Golfers Association) card at one time, and one of our board members will be stepping up to help with that, too.
What motivated you to step into the manager role?
A lot of the guys on the board work full-time jobs weren’t able to do it. I have managed an office before, and have some experience in that, and we just felt like this would be a chance to not have to panic and hire someone who’s not a good fit. We really want someone who’s a good fit. We’re also not 100 percent whether we’ll have a pro or just have a general manager, so this gives us a little bit of time what direction to go.
What all is involved in searching for someone for a course pro role?
We’re going to go all avenues that we can do. The PGA actually offers a program where they try to match a pro with your course. There’s a lot of guys and gals out there who are looking for something like this, there’s assistant pros in Steamboat that might want to have a head pro position, so we just want to put it out there and see who we’ve got that’s interested and narrow it down from there. We’d really like to have someone figured out by November, have someone ready for next spring.
Does someone in that job require certification from the PGA?
There’s different levels of certification for pros, but they don’t have to have that. There’s a lot of golf courses now going to having general managers, people experienced in business, because that’s such a big part of it. We want someone who’s going to market our course, someone really friendly and personable and has some great ideas to get our memberships up and stuff like that. Golf is down all over the world, so we’re just trying to figure out how to get that revenue up. Everybody that comes here says how this is a great little course and a diamond in the rough. We’re really lucky to have it, and everybody on the board, all we want is what’s best for the course.
For more information on applying for a managerial role at Yampa Valley Golf Course, visit yampavalleygolf.com or call 970-824-FORE (3673).