December 1, 2016
ROB MARTIN OF WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
December 1, 2016, Wellington, Fla.—Within organizations, it is vital to a club’s growth that the best staff people are developed, challenged and in return raise the bar toward a more refined club experience. Rob Martin is such an individual and Darrell Wilde, GM/COO at Wycliffe is proud to announce the promotion of Martin to Assistant General Manager. As Clubhouse Manager at Wycliffe since July 2015, Martin has excelled in his role and now his expanded responsibilities include the following departments: Food and Beverage, Facilities, Card Rooms and Social Activities and inclusion in monthly Board Meetings and committee meetings.
According to General Manager/COO, Darrell Wilde, “Our ability to make impactful improvements in product, service and programming is in direct proportion to the talent and focus of our human resources--developing and recognizing top performers is a high priority. I am proud to work with Rob in his new role as Assistant General Manager. Rob is very talented in working with a sophisticated clientele and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. I am confident Rob will continue to be an excellent addition to our executive team and a strong asset to the Club.”
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.
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 children.
December 1, 2016
WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB HIRES ANDREW FIKE AS NEW DIRECTOR of AGRONOMY
December 1, 2017, Wellington, Fla.-- For Andrew Fike, “the grass is always greener” is a motto to live by, especially when he is on the job. Since he first started working, Fike has always been focused on managing the greens versus playing the greens. He began working on a golf course before he ever swung a golf club. His career has been immersed in turfgrass management and maintaining impeccable golf course conditions for his clubs’ members and guests. It is that dedication and expertise that has brought Andrew Fike to Wycliffe Golf & Country Club as the new Director of Agronomy. In this role, Fike is responsible for managing the labor, time, materials and financial resources needed to care for the turfgrass and landscaped grounds of two championship golf courses. Beyond a typical Golf Course Superintendent role, his agronomic comprehension and experiences with ultradwarf greens and cool and warm season turfgrass for the past ten years provide an excellent foundation for golf course operations and turfgrass management. With the demanding South Florida climate, Fike’s expertise is a natural for managing the heavily played courses for the large membership of Wycliffe.
“Having Andrew on board with his vast and scientific approach to turf management elevates our golf course management to a new level. As a Director of Agronomy, this position is vital to our club and golf operations, at Wycliffe; Andrew is very talented, dedicated and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. I am confident Andrew will be an excellent addition to our executive team and a strong asset to the Club,” said Darrell Wilde, General Manager/COO of Wycliffe.
Andrew began his career working at public courses in central Ohio, solely for a part time job. After realizing his summer job was turning into a passion, he then decided to pursue a career in turfgrass management and enrolled at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute where he graduated in 2009. He landed his first internship in 2006 at Dunwoody Country Club in Atlanta and in 2007 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio where he worked with 28 full time staff and over 60 staff and volunteers for a successful 2007 memorial tournament. In 2008, Fike honed his discipline at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent and again at PGA National on the Champion Course in 2010. Fike furthered his career and in 2012 was promoted to Golf Course Superintendent of the Champion Course at PGA National. Fike was instrumental to the success of three Honda Classic PGA Tour Events, where he directed over 50 team members for eight weeks in preparation for the annual event. Throughout his time on the Champion Course, Fike worked closely with The Nicklaus Design Group for the completion of two golf course renovations. Success continued for Fike as he accepted the Golf Course Superintendent position at the esteemed Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia in 2015 and in 2016 landed at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. “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 a critical element of the club and find innovative ways to provide a high level of excellence to our members,” said Fike
Fike is a proud Class A member of The Golf Course Superintendent Association of America and is currently working towards certification. Fike is also affiliated with Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association; Treasure Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association; and the USGA. Fike lives in Wellington with his wife Rebecca, and their two boys Grant and Trace, and their dog Mayla.
November 8, 2016
12 YEAR OLD PHENOM, COCO GAUFF SERVES UP VICTORY AT THE WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB PRESTIGIOUS JR. USTA TOURNAMENT
Wellington, FL November 8, 2016 — Rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, the Columbus Day Open hosted by Wycliffe Golf & Country Club went off without a hitch on Saturday, November 6 through the finals on Monday, November 8. The USTA certified tournament was a spirited competition of America’s newest tennis stars.
Girls finals featured 12 year old Cori Gauff, seeded 3rd, playing in the 18 year old event defeat #4 seed, Anna Bright from Boca Raton, Florida 6-2, 8-6. The 12 year old who was also seeded #3 in her age category in the World prestigious Orange Bowl Tennis Tournament. Cori whose nickname is Coco is from Atlanta, currently lives and trains in Delray Beach. Jake Van Emburgh from Belleair, Florida (unseeded) won the event over 5th seed Robert Maciag of Serling, Virginia 6-3, 7-5 in the Boys’ Final.
This event attracted more than 250 of the best junior players in the country, competing in the Boys’ and Girls’ 16 - 18 age division, both singles and doubles competition on Clay Courts. Several NCAA Division 1 and 2 coaches were onsite scouting the talent for numerous tennis collegiate scholarships. Complete schedules, results and draws will be found at www.ustaflorida.com. For more information about the event call the Tennis pro-shop at 561-641-1080.
WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST PRESTIGIOUS USTA TOURNAMENT; JUNIOR PLAYERS (16 – 18 YEARS) FROM ALL 50 STATES WILL BE COMPETING
Wellington, FL September 30, 2016 — A Division of the Columbus Day Open hosted by Wycliffe Golf & Country Club will take place on Saturday, October 8 through Monday, October 10 from 8:00 a.am – 10:00 p.m. with the Finals on Monday morning. The USTA certified tournament will attract more than 250 of the best junior players in the country, competing in the Boys and Girls 16 - 18 age division, both singles and doubles competition on Clay Courts.
The 2016 draw size consists of the top 32 players and features the number 22 ranked player from the United States, John Speicher, from Webster, New York as the #1 seed in Boys’ 18s. In the girls 18s draw, Abigail Forbes from Raleigh, North Carolina, ranked #30 is #1 seed. The first ever USTA Columbus Day Open was played at Wycliffe Golf and Country Club in 2014. Tennis pro, Ingrid Neel, took home the Girls 18’s title that year. She went on to place second in the Prestigious Orange Bowl International Championships.
The USTA tournament will be held at three prestigious South Florida Country Clubs – Wycliffe in Wellington, Boca West in Boca Raton, and Hunters Run in Boynton Beach along with the Delray Tennis Center in Delray Beach. All finals are held at the Delray Tennis Center except for the Boys’ and Girls’ 18s, which is played at Wycliffe on Monday morning at Stadium One Court. Several NCAA Division 1 and 2 coaches will be scouting the talent for numerous tennis collegiate scholarships.
The matches will be free to the public (mention “USTA Tennis” at guard gate) and complete schedules, results and draws will be found at www.ustaflorida.com. For more information about the event call the Tennis pro-shop at 561-641-1080. Follow the weekend’s action on Wycliffe Golf & Country Club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
August 15, 2016
FIT, FIT, HOORAY! WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S HEALTHIEST CLUBS
August 15, 2016, Wellington, Fla. --Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, a premiere residential private golf community, had the distinct honor of being named one of America's Healthiest Clubs by Prevo Health Solutions –a wellness partner of CMAA--that advocates for both country club members and staff with its team of credentialed fitness and nutrition experts and experienced private club executives. Given to only a small percentage of private country clubs, Prevo Health Solutions recognizes excellence and designates clubs that have attained the highest level of commitment to health and wellness in five key areas: fitness, nutrition, members, staff and amenities/facilities.
"We are extremely proud and honored to have received the America's Healthiest Club Award. Providing our members and staff with healthier options is one of Wycliffe’s dedications to excellence. This is a very exciting time for our Club and achieving this success is only the beginning." said Darrell Wilde, General Manager/COO of Wycliffe Golf & Country Club.
In addition to healthy, fruit and vegetable based menu items for the members, Wycliffe is also very excited to announce that healthier dining options for staff will be added and along with a more robust curriculum for current and future wellness and fitness programs.
Founder and President of Prevo Health Solutions, Rick Ladendorf adds, “When it comes to creativity, Wycliffe Golf & Country Club takes the sugar-free, non-fat cake! Wycliffe has a very active membership--they play golf, tennis and work out regularly in the fitness center. Wycliffe Golf & Country Club has always provided its members and staff with amenities, activities and wellness protocols that have inspired hundreds of people to thrive. Darrell Wilde is taking the program to a new level. Wycliffe Golf & Country Club is acutely aware of what members want and the team of passionate and professional staff makes it happen.”
AUGUST 7, 2016
WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS DISTINGUISHED GOLD CLUB OF THE WORLD
August 7, 2016, Wellington, Fla., -- Wycliffe Golf & Country Club announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Gold Club of the World award, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs of the World award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs.
“We’d like to congratulate Wycliffe Golf & Country Club for earning Distinguished Gold Club status,” said John Fornaro, Publisher of BoardRoom magazine, “Special recognition also goes out to Wycliffe’s General Manager and COO, Darrell Wilde, as well as the club’s board of directors, its department heads, and entire staff for their efforts in providing an excellent member experience.”
As defined by Distinguished Clubs, “Member Experience” is that special combination of “Qualities” that a private club provides its members. It is not just the quality of service, or of the facilities, or of the product provided, it is also the quality of the staff and of the management, as well as the overall club governance they deliver. The most important quality, however, is the quality of the intangible. While difficult to measure, the latter is comprised of those magic moments experienced, the members befriended, the memorable events and famous tournaments attended, as well as the club traditions, history, and heritage proudly recognized.
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB BOARD PRESIDENT, IRWIN TEPPER, HONORED WITH BOARDROOM MAGAZINE’S “TOP PRIVATE CLUB PRESIDENT AWARD AND DISTINGUISHED CLUB PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR.”
February 11, 2016, Wellington, Fla.—BoardRoom magazine, the official publication for the Association of Private Club Directors (APCD) and The Distinguished Clubs, is proud to announce Wycliffe Golf & Country Club’s Irwin Tepper winner of its 8th annual Top Private Club President Awards and Distinguished Club President of the Year. Tepper shares this honor with 21 other highly-revered club presidents throughout the globe, including Italy, China and Mexico.
BoardRoom magazine annually recognizes the world’s top private club presidents, captains and chairs as Private Club Presidents of the Year, for their outstanding work, their understanding of the industry, and role and responsibilities of the club’s board of directors. Tepper embraces the dedication that’s required to fulfill his presidential duties and create memorable experiences for club members. “Irwin Tepper is among one of its finest candidates to receive this award and we join with others in honoring him as one of the top 22 private club presidents and offer our heartfelt congratulations, “said John Fornaro, Publisher of BoardRoom magazine.
Now in its eighth year, this award has attracted significant excitement and board president nominations from clubs across the world. Private club board presidents play a huge role in the professional operations of their club as volunteers working diligently with their board of directors and general managers, striving for well informed and not emotional decisions. BoardRoom magazine’s outstanding private club presidents for 2015 exemplify the focus on the leadership responsibilities, the accountability and the management of the board, while providing a healthy respect for the club’s management.