Darren Howard, PGA: Director of Golf & Community Services 

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Darren Howard became a PGA Class A Professional in 1991.  Prior to joining Incline Village he was at various prestigious country clubs including, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, SC; Long Cove Club, Hilton Head, SC; The Dye Preserve, Jupiter, FL; Colleton River Plantation, Hilton Head, SC; Old Tabby Links, Beufort, SC; Blackthorn Club, Johnson City, TN and The Clubs at Houston Oaks, in Houston, Texas.  Throughout his career, Darren has organized and executed many events both on a local and national level.  The main goal at every club Darren has been at is to take that club to a higher level of service and standards. Darren is very excited to join the IVGID team and enter a new chapter in beautiful Lake Tahoe. To contact Darren directly please email at darren_howard@ivgid.org or call (775) 832-1295. 

Ashley Wood, PGA: Head of Player Development

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Ashley Wood, a PGA of America Professional and a certified fitness professional, returns to the Lake Tahoe community of Incline Village after serving as the Head PGA Professional and Director of Fitness at the prestigious Presidio Golf & Concordia Club in San Francisco, from 2016-2019. Wood a native to Incline Village started both skiing and golfing at a young age and has always loved the Tahoe lifestyle. After graduating from Incline High School, she then earned a spot on the San Diego State University (SDSU) Division I Women’s Golf team and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. She then attended graduate school at SDSU earning a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in athletic development and sports and exercise psychology. Ashley also was an Assistant Golf Professional at the non-profit Pro Kids –The First Tee of San Diego as well as Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at her alma mater SDSU. She has a passion for helping others live a happy and healthy lifestyle through the game of golf and is very excited to be back in her hometown where she can give back to a community that gave her so much. To contact Ashley directly please email at aew@ivgid.org or call (775) 386-2788.

Robert Bruce, PGA: First Assistant Golf Professional

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After college, Rob moved to Southern California to attend the San Diego Golf Academy.  He worked at the Championship Golf Course from 1996 – 2004 and then continued to expand his knowledge and experience by working at different types of facilities in the area. Rob graduated from the Golf Professional Training Program of the PGA of America and returned to the Championship Golf Course.  His experience over the years includes golf shop operations, tournament operations, junior golf camps, private and group golf instruction and merchandising.

Jeff Clouthier, CGCS: Golf Course Superintendent, Championship Course

Jeff grew up in Littleton, Colorado and has overseen all golf course maintenance and construction activities on the Championship and Mountain golf courses since June 2001.  He also served as the project manager for the full renovation of the Championship course in 2003.  Before coming to Incline Village he worked as a golf course superintendent in Logan, Utah and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and was the construction superintendent on a new course in Highlands Ranch as well.  He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming and also has a Certificate from Cornell University in Turfgrass Management.  He earned the prestigious designation of Certified Golf Course Superintendent from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in 1999.  His various awards include the 2015 and 2006 “GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf” awards, and the GCSAA Environmental Achievement certification in Golf Course Development.  Jeff also served the Incline Village community as the head baseball coach of Incline High School for 7 years, leading the team to the state championship in 2015. To contact Jeff directly please email at jrc@ivgid.org or call (775) 832-1296.

spencer nelson incline village championship courseSpencer Nelson, Assistant Superintendent - Championship Course

Spencer developed a passion for golf maintenance while working seasonal golf course maintenance in Estes Park, Colorado. This led him to obtain a B.S. in Horticulture from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, he did multiple internships at Yellowstone Club, Montreux Golf and Country Club, and helped construct a new practice facility for the ISU golf teams. After graduation Spencer returned to Yellowstone Club as the Senior Assistant Superintendent and has spent the last six years as Assistant Superintendent at Montreux. He has worked seven PGA Tour events including the Barracuda Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

Jose Luis Torres, Assistant Superintendent - Mountain Course

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Jose was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent at the Mountain Course. He served as the Maintenance Foreman at the Championship Course for seven years, after previously working as the Foreman at the Mountain Course from 2003 – 2011. He started with IVGID as a seasonal employee before quickly proving his value to the golf course maintenance operation and working his way up to a full time position.

William (Bill) Vandenburg: Executive Chef 

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At a young age, Bill fell in love with food and food science.  After graduating from Incline High, Bill found himself at the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in San Diego and started his career at Torrey Pines Golf Resort.  Bill continued his work in the Palm Springs area and helped open Pacifica Seafood, now a mainstay of the Gardens on El Paseo.  He honed his skills butchering at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, working closely with Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion in Rancho Mirage and in the high-end Mediterranean fusion restaurants, Omri and Boni.  In 2007, eager to return to Lake Tahoe, Bill accepted the Sous Chef position for IVGID and has worked diligently over the years to hone, advance and improve the food and beverage offerings at The Incline Village Golf Courses, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline Beaches and banquets at IVGID facilities including The Chateau at Incline Village and Aspen Grove.

Ryan Konrad, PGA: Tournament Coordinator/Assistant Golf Professional

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Ryan grew up in Los Angeles playing golf at a young age. He and his identical twin brother Cosmo, played four years of high school varsity golf and then attended the University of Nebraska. Ryan went through the PGA Golf Management Program while at Nebraska and got to work at many different golf facilities such as Brentwood CC in Los Angeles, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon Oregon, The PGA West Mountain & Dunes Golf Course and The PGA West Teaching Academy in La Quinta California. Ryan graduated from the University of Nebraska in and received his Class A, PGA Membership, a few months after. This is Ryan’s fourth season at The Championship Golf Course and first season as Tournament Coordinator. To contact Ryan directly, please email rlk@ivgid.org.

Gregory Merritt: Assistant Golf Merchandiser/Shop Lead

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Stop by the Championship Golf Shop or contact the Merchandise team for special orders. You can reach Greg by email at glm@ivgid.org.