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  • Bios
    • Assistant 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 Darrell Wilde, General Manager/COO 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.



      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 Darrell Wilde, 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 Golf Operation, Darryl Jack
      PGA Professional Darryl Jack is an exceptional instructor who shares a lifetime of golf experience with his students. He has more than 25 years of success teaching players of all ages and ability levels and is passionate about the game of golf.

      Jack began playing golf as a teenager living in Puerto Rico, where he spent every daylight hour practicing and playing. A top junior golfer, he learned the game from one of Puerto Rico’s finest players, Carl James. Throughout his teens, Jack had frequent interaction with Chi Chi Rodriguez and began to study the swings of Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, and many other champions both past and present.

      Majoring in education/psychology with a concentration in early childhood development, Jack played two years of collegiate golf while earning both a bachelor’s degree and New York State Teaching Certification.

      Jack caddied on the LPGA Tour in 1982-83, turned professional in 1984, became Wykagyl Country Club’s teaching/playing professional in 1987 and secured PGA Membership in 1990. He has served as the Director of Instruction & Lead Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf Schools; General Manager / Director of Golf at Osprey Cove in Georgia; Head Professional at Wiltwyck Country Club and Woodstock Golf Club in New York; swing coach for Columbia University & NYU. In addition Jack makes regular appearances on Revolution Golf, and was a featured instructor on The Golf Channel’s - Golf Academy Live.

      Competitively, Jack has four professional tournament victories spanning three decades, including the 2008 Northeastern New York PGA Section Match Play Championship. His low tournament round is 66, low round is 63, and he holds two course records.

      Jack continues to be a driving force in the game. Since joining Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in September 2015, Jack brings his expertise in golf operations, staff development, and member services. He is creating new cooperative programs to merge golf instruction, fitness, & nutrition. His approach and passion for the sport, brings new excitement and interaction for club members while enhancing their overall experience and love for the game.

      “Darryl’s expertise and lifetime of golf experience is exceptional. Having him on our team and leading our golfing programs, will add tremendous value to the club and the membership,” said Darrell Wilde, General Manager/COO of Wycliffe Golf & Country Club.

      Jack specializes in golf instruction and player development. He is the “hole-in-one” to help members improve their golf skills, develop long term practices and sustain an overall enjoyment of the game.



      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 Darrell Wilde, 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.


      Paul Rifenberg, Head Golf Professional
      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 Darrell Wilde, 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.


      Stacy Kilgore, Horticulturist
      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 Darrell Wilde, 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.

  • Press Releases
    • WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB ANNOUNCES RESULTS FROM PRESTIGIOUS USTA TOURNAMENT; JUNIOR PLAYERS (12 YEARS)

       

      In the past, Wycliffe has hosted the USTA Open, 18s division. The 2016 draw was the top 32 players in singles and doubles. This field featured the number 22 ranked player from the USA, John Speicher from Webster New York as the #1 seed in Boy’s 18s. In the girls’ 18s draw, Abigail Forbes from Raleigh NC #30 USA was the #1 seed. Last year, Cori Gauff, at only 12 years old, won the USTA Open Girls 18s division. Recently, Gauff qualified to play in the French Open Juniors. The first ever USTA Columbus Day open played at Wycliffe was in 2014 and Ingrid Neel won the Girls 18s title --she finished 2nd in the Prestigious Orange Bowl International Championships later that year. Mr. John McEnroe discovered her at age 12; Ingrid is currently professionally playing in the World Tennis Association.

       

      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.



      May 1, 2017
        

      WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST PRESTIGIOUS

      USTA TOURNAMENT; JUNIOR PLAYERS (12 YEARS) FROM ACROSS USA WILL BE COMPETING

       

      In the past, Wycliffe has hosted the USTA Open, 18s division. The 2016 draw was the top 32 players in singles and doubles. This field featured the number 22 ranked player from the USA, John Speicher from Webster New York as the #1 seed in Boy’s 18s. In the girls’ 18s draw, Abigail Forbes from Raleigh NC #30 USA was the #1 seed. Last year, Cori Gauff, at only 12 years old, won the USTA Open Girls 18s division. Recently, Gauff qualified to play in the French Open Juniors. The first ever USTA Columbus Day open played at Wycliffe was in 2014 and Ingrid Neel won the Girls 18s title --she finished 2nd in the Prestigious Orange Bowl International Championships later that year. Mr. John McEnroe discovered her at age 12; Ingrid is currently professionally playing in the World Tennis Association.

       

      The matches will be free to the public (mention “USTA Tennis” at guard gate). 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 page and Twitter and Instagram feeds.  


      April 1, 2017

      WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB ELEVATES MEMBER EXPERIENCES AND SERVES UP TABLESIDE DINNERS WITH NEW GUERIDON DINING CONCEPT

      WELLINGTON, FL, April 1, 2017 -- Farm to table takes on new meaning as Wycliffe Golf & Country Club introduces gueridon dinner service. The art of dining is further elevated as French tableside service is offered as another innovative and upscale dining concept for the membership.

      Otherwise known as "trolley service," the chef cooks, finishes and serves the food to the guest at a table, from a moveable trolley. In addition to specialty dishes typically served like Crepes Suzette, Caesar Salad, Cherries Jubilee, Banana Flambé and Steak Tartar, the new “Wycliffe restaurant concept” primarily serves up classic entrees of seafood, meats, vegetables and sides from copper pans.

      Dinner service starts with a buffet of salads and cold dishes – shrimp cocktail, raw bar, and more. While guests are eating their first course, servers take order for meat temperatures, preferences, pours wine, etc. The chef cooks up the main courses and finishes the plates with freshly picked herbs from the Wycliffe garden. Dessert is also served from the cart to include plated cookies, brownies and treats, plus tableside action stations of sweets. Guests are able to enjoy all items on the menu and indulge family style with ample portions for seconds.

      “We are always looking for new ideas and concepts for our membership. We are happy to introduce this delicious amenity for our members and this dining option is both indulgent and personal for our dining savvy membership,” According to Darrell Wilde, General Manager and COO. “The Chef is mingling and cooking with the members. They feel a part of the experience and are proud to share with their family and friends--they love it!”

      “The decadence of tableside creates a WOW for the members,” says Executive Chef Michael Schenk, “It is a very exciting and expedient dinner service--it is as much entertainment as it is dining.”

      The menus are posted weekly and members book reservations for this special dinner. The Tableside dining service is usually available twice a week (depending on the activities schedule) and is priced at $50 per person.


      WYCLIFFE UNVEILS BIRDS OF WYCLIFFE MURAL AS A CELEBRATION OF THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH AUDUBON INTERNATIONAL

      “Give me the jewelled joy of birds!” Robert William Service

      Wellington, FL, March 1, 2017—On February 10, Wycliffe Golf & Country Club executive team unveiled the Birds of Wycliffe 12 x 5 mural as the celebration of the partnership with Audubon International. Approximately 200 members gathered in the newly appointed lobby to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the visionaries of the project.  Wycliffe is a flourishing haven to more than 250 species of indigenous birds. Due to member, Ed Rubin leading the vision, Wycliffe committed to building nesting boxes and bird feeders throughout the property that provide a natural flyaway boundary as well as a stopover or destination for migrating birds. Rubin partnered with members, Arnold Levine and Steve Roth to create the epic artwork and further promote Wycliffe’s native vegetation and habitat are a natural resource for South Florida winged wildlife.

       

      An avid bird enthusiast, Rubin started working with Audubon International to certify Wycliffe as a wildlife sanctuary. In August 2015, Wycliffe received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf Courses.

       

      This organization provides an advisory partnership to help courses develop effective conversation and wildlife enhancement programs. To commemorate the Audubon International partnership, a 12’ x 5’ fly-over mural was designed by Palm Beach State College art professor and member, Arnold Levine, who then called upon the talents of artist and Palm Beach State College Art Chair, Victoria Rose Martin to produce the exceptional work. Levine worked with member Steve Roth in curating and collecting a rich variety of photographs featuring 45 of most recognized birds at Wycliffe. Martin was able to cull pieces of landscape online in addition to Mr. Levine’s photography shot at the Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. 

       

      The Sandhill Crane, poised prominently in the foreground is a copy of Audubon’s original drawing and symbolizes the heritage and work of the Audubon Society legacy. The mural is a focal point in the clubhouse lobby and is an exceptional representation of the partnership between Audubon International, dedicated membership and supportive club management.

       

      Guests and members are invited to enjoy the fly-over mural and learn about the 45 most readily identified birds in the Wycliffe backyard. For more information on the Audubon International partnership, please visit the comprehensive exhibit in the club lobby or visit wycliffecc.com/birds and let your curiosity take flight.

      March 12, 2017

      THE WYCLIFFE CHARITIES FOUNDATION ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISES OVER $100,000 FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY NOT-FOR-PROFITS

                                       

      Wellington, FL, MARCH 12, 2017- The Wycliffe Charities Foundation Annual Golf Tournament was held on March 6, 2017 and raised over $100,000. These funds get distributed to 17 local charities and the Fire Rescue/PBC. These local charities include:

      Each foursome played for a charity based on their starting hole. According to David Finkler, “Playing golf and competing for a small, yet mighty Palm Beach County charity made the tournament so much more meaningful. We are thrilled with the success!”

      The winning teams were:

      1.      Women’s Division Winners: Martha Anastasio, Suzanne Saletan, Ellen Fine and Joyce Kaller (attached picture)

      2.      Men’s Division Winners: Stuart Friedman, Robert Kleiner, Alan Mandell and Carl Rothbaum

      3.      Couples Division: Karen and Stuart Krieger, Harriet and Marty Ross

      4.      Corporate Sponsor Division: Image Janitorial Deis Lussier, Jose Muniz, Paul Saavedra and Ted Zabowski

      The Wycliffe Charities Foundation has achieved significant success this year and recently won $50,000 at the Great Charity Challenge this past February. Darrell Wilde, General Manager and COO of Wycliffe added, “This is has been a banner year for our Wycliffe Charities Foundation in 2017. We are so proud to be able to support our local not-for-profits so generously.” 


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      December 1, 2016

      ROB MARTIN OF WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

      Wellington, FL, DECEMBER 1, 2016—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

      Wellington, FL, DECEMBER 1, 2016-- 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.



      September 30

      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

      Wellington, FL, AUGUST 15, 2016 --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

      Wellington, FL, AUGUST 27, 2016 -- 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.”

      Wellington, FL, FEBRUARY, 11, 2016—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.

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