Hear from Our Employees

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    Courtland Keyes - Assistant Golf Professional

    "I came here to have an impact and be part of something special at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club"

    Courtland Keyes took his first swings with a golf club at the age of 3. He began competing around his hometown of Lafayette, Ind. at the age of 10. By the time he was a teenager, he was playing alongside his famous father at celebrity golf tournaments around the country. Click here to read more.

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    Maxine Rivera - Central Training Manager

    "I'm super passionate about creating a culture where people love to come to work and love what they do"

    No matter where members of The Landings Golf & Athletic Club choose to dine—at one of the four clubhouses or at The Deck—the service they experience should be the same. Making sure that happens is partly the responsibility of Central Training Manager Maxine Rivera. Click here to read more.

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    Stephen cox - spray technician

    "I love seeing the product of a good day's work"

    The U.S. Army trained Stephen Cox as a cavalry scout, someone who would be the “eyes and ears of the commander” on the battlefield. He never deployed so he didn’t have to put what he’d learned into practice. When he left the military, Cox took those keen observational skills with him. Click here to read more.

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    Denise Joy - The Spirited Gourmet Manager

    "It's not work if you're passionate about what you do"

    Sometimes, the perfect job for someone seems to just fall into their laps, as if by magic. That seemed to be the case with Denise Joy, who manages The Spirited Gourmet, the wine and high-end foodstuffs shop just inside the door of the Oakridge Clubhouse. Kevin Walters, the Director of Club Operations, approached her with the idea in 2020 and the store opened in November of that year. Click here to read more.

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    Peggy Kirkland - Housekeeping Manager

    "In a team it doesn't matter your position or title it's all hands on deck"

    Peggy Kirkland has cultivated a talent that is as rare as it is valuable: she is able to look at the world through another person’s eyes. The work of the 16 members of the housekeeping staff is guided by a three-page checklist. But at the heart of it, she says, is “looking high and low and stepping back and seeing the comfort stations and other facilities from a member’s point of view, what might catch their eye.” Click here to read more.

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    Dennis Lugemwa - Head Swim Coach

    "I tell parents that they shouldn't look for Olympic glory from club swimming. It's really teaching you the life skill of consistent work"

    Dennis Lugemwa’s office is a swimming pool. That’s where you can find him most days: teaching children or teens or adults, some just learning, some wanting to fine tune their stroke, some working to get faster, stronger, more competitive. Click here to read more.

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    Jim Elwing - tennis courts supervisor

    "I pride myself on having the best clay tennis courts in the Southeastern United States"

    Jim Elwing’s title is tennis courts supervisor but the scope of his job is much broader. Yes, he and his six-person team take care of The Landings Club’s 31 clay courts, the largest number at any private club in the U.S. That means watering them twice daily, brushing them during the day, and cleaning the three miles of tape, or lines, embedded in the clay twice a day. Click here to read more.

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    Lacy Skwarek - Assistant Golf Professional

    "It's all about member service and the member experience"

    Golf has always seemed somewhat incidental in Lacy Skwarek’s life. She was born in Augusta, Georgia, a near-holy place in the golf realm and she started playing golf at the age of 8. “My dad says I was naturally good at it,” she says. But her main sport was tennis. Four years later, her loyalty shifted to golf. She played on her high school golf team and contributed to her team’s Washington state championships her freshman and sophomore years. Even so, when she looked toward college, golf wasn’t her first priority. She wanted to major in business. Click here to read more.

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    Kim Bostick - ASSISTANT Manager MArshwood 

    "Tomorrow's not a promise, so let's make today a good one"

    A few years into her 35 years working at Landings Golf & Athletic Club restaurants, Kim Bostick asked for a transfer to a position with 9-to-5 hours and weekends off. She had only been married a few years and had two young children and the typical food service work schedule left her juggling child care arrangements. Club management obliged, and offered her a job in accounting. She learned a lot, she says, but she wasn’t happy. After four months, she asked for her old job back. Click here to read more.

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    Michele Godbee - Catering Sales Director

    "You do families' birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, and you get to know them and know what they like and they trust you"

    Michele Godbee’s job is to make life’s celebrations—birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, bar and bat mitzvahs and so on—celebratory. She and her staff—an assistant and two sales managers—are the ones to talk to any time members want to mark a special occasion with a catered gathering in any of the clubhouses as well as at Delegal Marina, the former cart barn at Marshwood, the terrace outside of Palmetto, the porch at Oakridge or even in homes. Click here to read more.

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    Jin Kang - Sushi Chef

    "Whatever you do, do it like a professional"

    Among the many cuisine choices available to The Landings Club members is sushi and the person mainly responsible for that is Jin Kang, a Palmetto Club- based sous chef who has worked here since 2014. Kang, 52, was born in South Korea and emigrated to the U.S. in 2000. After a few years working at Gulfstream, Kang went to work at Hirano’s restaurant in Savannah where he learned the delicate art of making sushi from a master. He says he also acquired his philosophy of customer service.“Whatever you do, you do it like a professional,” he says. “Customers are always watching you and that is how I serve them.” Click here to read more.

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    Matthew Jones - Senior Golf Course Superintendent

    "We have wonderful, wonderful members who are understanding and very supportive"

    Growing up, Matthew Jones lived on his family’s farm, helping raise cattle, goats, and pigs and growing cotton and corn in a little Alabama town called Sylacauga, an hour south of Birmingham. He also played golf. When he turned 16, Jones began working at the nearby FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms, perennially rated as one of the best courses in Alabama, and played free golf. His goal was to become a golf professional. But the owner of the course suggested a different path that would combine his love of golf with his interest in farming: golf course agronomy. Click here to read more.