General Manager, Rob Martin
Rob Martin is no stranger to serving the public. He has managed the high expectations and intensity of the snowbird and tourism “high season” since he was a teen. Martin is a native of South Florida, specifically growing up in Boca Raton, Florida where his first jobs were part-time stints at country clubs. Martin excelled in his early career and was promoted through the ranks within different disciplines. He graduated from Bluefield State College in West Virginia with a degree in Business Administration.
Armed with vast hospitality skills, Martin accepted the Food and Beverage Manager position at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, where he thrived, including managing the logistics for the preeminent Honda Classic. From PGA Resort, Martin’s big break returned him to country clubs accepting a promotion as Clubhouse Manager for Wyndemere Country Club in Naples; he has never looked back. Steeped in hospitality acumen, his diverse talents have served him well and clubhouse manager roles followed at River Oaks Country Club in Houston and Alotian Club in Little Rock, Arkansas. Despite having great hospitality experiences around the country; Martin is happiest in his home state of Florida, the epicenter for country club and leisure lifestyles.
Having joined Wycliffe in July 2015 as Clubhouse Manager, Martin quickly established himself as a tour de force; talented in working with a sophisticated clientele and equipped with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Martin was promoted to Assistant General Manager in December 2016 and his primary responsibilities include the following departments: Food and Beverage, Facilities, Card Rooms and Social Activities and inclusion in monthly Board Meetings and committee meetings.
“Rob is a key asset to our executive team and to the Club. He is well liked by his colleagues and most importantly, he is well respected and trusted by the members,” said Doug Lipman, Board President of Wycliffe.
“We’re creating a wonderful lifestyle at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club and I am happy to be a key member of the team. I’m here to service critical departments and find innovative ways to provide a high level of service to our members,” said Martin
Martin is a proud Member of the Club Manager’s Association of America, where he is currently pursuing his Club Manager Certification. Rob lives in Wellington with his wife, Randi and two young sons
Director of Food & Beverage, Christine Bostley
Bostley, Director of Food and Beverage at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, is
responsible for the Dining Rooms, member
events, weddings and other special events, housekeeping, and mens’ and ladies’
card rooms. A veteran of Wycliffe for 15
years, her vast experience has prepared her to be a natural choice for this
has always been interested in the hospitality industry and graduated from Miami
Dade North Campus with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management. Her love
of working with people made her a natural in the sales field and her career
began in a sales rep capacity traveling through the state of Florida selling
After ten years, Bostley decided she needed a change of pace
and in October 2011, she landed at Wycliffe as a server. She was dedicated to
membership and their guests and exemplified mastery for guest service and an
affinity for food and beverage. She moved quickly up the ranks at Wycliffe as a
captain, assistant dining room manager and dining room manager.
is a premier example of a servant leader in this Club, always thinking in a
“member-first” mindset,” says Rob Martin, General Manager and COO of Wycliffe
Golf & Country Club. “Her tireless
work ethic, resilient attitude, and engaging personality have equipped her well
for this new role. She is a tremendous asset to Wycliffe and her tenure and
history with the club is embraced by the membership.”
lives in Wellington with Brian, her husband of 37 years, and son, daughter and
Executive Chef, Micheal Schenk
As a certified chef with over 34 years of experience, Chef Michael Schenk has a culinary livelihood steeped with success and gastronomical substance. His career began in Germany, completing his apprenticeship and working eight years as a Demi Chef Tourant, Chef De Cuisine and Executive Chef in Michelin Star rated establishments, Feinkost Kefer and Hotel Köenigshof. After completing his Culinary Chef’s Master degree from Germany, Schenk was Chef de Cuisine/Executive Chef the esteemed, Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich from 1992–1995.
Leaving Germany, Chef Schenk’s broadened his culinary talents in the United States and mastered his craft in the discriminating food palates of New York City opening the new restaurant Commonwealth Brewing Company as an Executive Chef. As Executive Chef, he continued to reach significant milestones at the iconic Tavern on the Green, including preparing the traditional pasta feast for the prestigious New York Marathon (no small “feet” for an event with over 50,000 runners). Tavern included numerous other premiere social and corporate events for up 7500 guests and a career highlight included being featured on The Food Network. From Tavern, Chef Schenk was tapped as the Executive Chef at Oceana – a preeminent seafood restaurant near Rockefeller Center.
In 2006, Chef made the leap from the public sector to private equity clubs and was tapped as Executive Chef at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, New York. Fully knowledgeable in working with sophisticated and discerning clientele, Chef’s career thrived in the country club side of the business and he transitioned his talents as Executive Chef to Fresh Meadow Country Club in Great Neck, New York and the Polo Club of Boca Raton, Florida, both recognized as Five-star Platinum Status.
As of 2015, Wycliffe Golf and Country Club is the current kitchen for Chef Schenk. “We are very pleased to have Chef Michael Schenk on board as our Executive Chef, his culinary skills, operational acumen and creativity are exceptional, we are excited to have him advance our food and beverage programs to the next level,” said Rob Martin, General Manager/COO of Wycliffe.
As a senior position of the executive team, Chef Schenk also will act as an advocate and ambassador of Wycliffe Golf & Country Club and play a critical role between Membership and the success of the Club. Chef lives in Delray Beach with his wife, Pia and their two daughters.
Director of Tennis, Kam Kuchta
Kam Kuchta is a natural athlete and regarded as one of the most gifted players to pick up a tennis racquet. A native of Poland, Kuchta has been a competitive sportsman since he was a child. He was an expert skier and was a member of the Polish National Youth Ski Team in 1977. When his family moved to Chicago in 1979, he abandoned the skis, picked up a racket and hasn’t looked back. Kuchta quickly gained momentum and officially joined the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at age 11 and was named the top ranked National Junior player until age 18.
In early 1989, Kuchta reached a career milestone by attaining an ATP World ranking. Ever the competitor, Kuchta became a nine-time USTA National Gold Ball winner and was selected to be a member of the USTA National Team and competed at the ITF World Team Championships. Kuchta played professional World Team tennis for the Hartford Fox Force; one of his opponents was top seed, Maria Sharapova.
Today, Kuchta is ranked #1 in the United States in both USPTA & USTA Men’s 35 through 45 singles and doubles. “One of the joys of being a tennis professional, is using my talent to help others achieve their maximum potential and to grow their game of tennis,” says Kutcha.
Kuchta has over 25 of teaching experience in both public and private clubs throughout the United States, teaching kids and adults of all ages. Notably, he has worked with prestigious clubs such as Lake Shore Country Club in Chicago and Libertyville Tennis Club in Libertyville, Illinois.
In 2000, Kuchta moved to Florida to be immersed in the epicenter of tennis. He would play/teach in the local Florida clubs in the winter-- Chris Evert Tennis Club, Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, and Hunters Run in Boynton Beach-- and migrate north in the summer to be with his clients at New Canaan Field Club in Connecticut and The Village Club of Sands Point in New York. Since 2007, Kuchta has called Wycliffe Golf & Country Club home. Over the course of nine years, he has elevated members’ play, increased tennis members, and designed several programs to inspire and attract players.
Kuchta lives in Boynton Beach with his wife and son, Kyler. When not with this family or hitting the courts at Wycliffe, Kuchta can be found running on the beach, weightlifting or playing golf.
Director of Spa, Donna Forte
Donna Forte is poetry in motion. She grew up dancing and performing and planned to use her background in dance and movement as a platform to study sports medicine and work with the prestigious Boston Ballet. Donna pursued her passion and in 1997 received her Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training from Salem State College. She further enhanced her education with massage therapy studies; her love of the spa industry was ignited by her first job in a spa post-graduation. From there, her spa and wellness career blossomed and she has played an active role within the spa industry for over 16 years.
As Florida is the epicenter for country club and leisure lifestyles, Forte moved to Florida in 2000 and started her career at Boca West Country Club as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Facial Specialist. In 2006 - 2008, Forte’s broadened her expertise and network as an Account Representative for Pevonia Botanica, a spa-centric marketer of Spa Skincare Lines designed exclusively for elite spas and professional aestheticians. This career move fortified her already robust knowledge with new product lines and programming, innovative training protocols, and menu design.
“Donna is the one the pillars of the Wycliffe executive team, her passion, expertise and loyalty over the years is not only an asset to the club itself, but the members love her. We are thrilled to have such an advocate of health, wellness and energy on our team,” said Rob Martin, GM and COO of Wycliffe Golf and Country Club.
Forte is currently the Spa Director at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, overseeing fitness center, pool, spa and salon. She is a member of the International SPA Association and the Club Spa and Fitness Association. Donna lives in Boca Raton with her husband and Grant and new son, Cooper.
Head Golf Professional, Paul Rifenberg
For golfers, Wycliffe Golf & Country Club is 600 acres of verdant paradise known for its 36 holes of undulating greens over two beautifully manicured championship golf courses. Both East and West Courses feature rolling fairways, lush topography, and an abundance of mounding that make them stand apart from typical South Florida courses. At Wycliffe, the golf experience is made more memorable the team of PGA/LPGA certified professional staff helps integrate new members and offer lessons, clinics, and golf conditioning programs. One of Wycliffe’s highly skilled and talented golf professionals is Paul Rifenberg. A team member since 2000, Paul is one of the top professionals to teach members at all skill levels.
A native of Florida, Paul started playing golf at the age of 7, but it wasn’t really until his freshman year of high school that he found the love of competitive golf. He won his High School District Championship during his senior year and continued his golfing career at Florida Atlantic University, playing #1 for the team for 2 years. After graduation, Rifenberg turned pro and competed at a higher level. Paul continues to compete on a superior level, maintaining a better than scratch handicap.
“Wycliffe is fortunate to have such a professional working with our members. Paul’s passion for the game, patience and dedication to our members is invaluable. He adds tremendous value to Wycliffe and really elevates our image as a community, says Rob Martin, General Manager and COO of Wycliffe Golf & Country Club.
Paul Rifenberg also holds the course record on both the East and West Course from the Black Tees with a score of 65. Paul lives in Royal Palm Beach with his daughter.
Horticulturist, Stacy Kilgore
Stacy Kilgore’s kinship with Wycliffe’s landscape and garden is worth digging into! For over ten years as the Wycliffe horticulturist, Stacy has been nurturing the growth of flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables that populate our scenery and scene. In true farm to table spirit, Stacy also works with Chef Michael Schenk to nurture ingredients and elements that enhance our dishes.
A Jupiter native, Stacy began cultivating her flower-power while studying horticulture in high school. Always at home in nature and in the outdoors, she took her passion for “greens” to Jupiter golf courses and was a landscaper at Dye Preserve Golf Course from 2005 – 2006. She was responsible for basic tasks—watering lawn and shrubs, planting grass, trees and flowers, plus maintaining equipment and grounds. However, her incredible eye for detail and love of color “grew’ her talent from terrain to design and Stacy planted herself at Wycliffe. Kilgore manages the entire landscape crew; oversees the health and vibrancy of Wycliffe gardens, trees and plants; and designs new topography gardens and golf course beds.
Her vision was to create a lush setting that would encourage people to interact with the brilliant colors and flowering personalities of the foliage. “I enjoy vibrancy and pops of color,” Kilgore said. “The orchids on property are my favorite! They are a bit like a fine pinot noir, as long as you take the time to learn what they need, orchids will continue to flourish.”
Stacy’s dedication and commitment to our members and their community is admirable,” says Rob Martin, General Manager and COO of Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. ‘Her plantscapes and creations are vivid and eye-catching—our neighborhoods and community thrives under her green thumb!”
Stacy lives in North Palm Beach with her husband, two daughters and her miniature bulldog, Tank.