January 2007 I relocated to Ridgefield from the Minnesota PGA Section. In April 2007 my family joined me and we have had a great ten years in Ridgefield, Clark County and at Tri Mountain Golf Course. It is time to return close to home and a new role over seeing two twenty seven hole facilities in the city of Duluth. Thank you for a great ten years, we will stay in touch.
Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the highly respected and innovative manager of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has selected Mike Bender as General Manager of Duluth Golf.
Duluth Golf is home to 54 scenic holes along the Minnesota coastline of Lake Superior. The property features two picturesque, 27-hole courses: Enger Park and Lester Park. The two layouts host more than 180 families with innovative youth golf programs, and serve nearly 1,100 golfers during weekly league play.
Mike Bender brings nearly two decades of strategic leadership experience to Duluth Golf, most recently as Head Golf Professional and General Manager at BCG-managed Tri-Mountain Golf Course, in Ridgefield, WA. Bender looks forward to returning with his family to Minnesota, as he previously held the Head Golf Professional position at Valley View Golf Course in Belle Plaine, MN, and Assistant Golf Professional position at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, MN.
“Mike has consistently proven himself to be one of the best in our field,” said Bill Colgan, Regional Manager at BCG. “His commitment to delivering great customer service, improving the golf experience, and giving back to the communities where he lives and works, makes him a true representative of BCG values.”
Bender has been a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America for more than a decade. In his new role, he will work with BCG regional and national teams to guide Duluth Golf property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse activities, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction and programming to benefit golfer experiences and rounds played.
About Duluth Golf
Duluth Golf proudly offers golfers two historic facilities with 54 holes of fun. Enger Park Golf Course, just south of downtown and set atop a high bluff, treats golfers to enjoyable experiences and breathtaking views of Duluth Harbor. Built in 1927 near the historic Enger Park Tower, the 27-hole course features three distinct parkland-, links- and traditional-style layouts. Ranging from 3,168 to 3,359 yards, the par-36, “Front 9,” “Middle 9” and “Back 9” present golfers with distinct experiences. Several holes run through densely wooded areas, while others navigate around scenic ponds and strategic bunkers. Four sets of tees ensure fun but fair tests for all handicappers.
Lester Park Golf Course, just north of downtown, is well known for its natural beauty, as well as panoramic views of Lake Superior on 20 of its 27 holes. Opened in 1932, Lester Park’s classic layout is set alongside the Lester River and meanders through open expanses and densely wooded areas. At 3,182 and 3,189 yards, respectively, the par-36, “Front 9” and “Back 9” courses present golfers with generous fairways, exciting elevation changes and gently undulated greens. The “Lake 9” course was added in 1985 and offers a longer and more challenging layout at 3,417 yards.
Both Enger Park and Lester Park offer full driving ranges and chipping and putting greens for players to improve their game. Professional instruction is also available at both locations.
More information: www.golfduluth.com, 218.723.3451 or 218.525.0830
About Billy Casper Golf
Billy Casper Golf (BCG) is one of the largest privately owned golf course management companies in the U.S., with nearly 150 properties in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, VA – with regional offices across America – BCG has more than 25 years of results-driven expertise. The company specializes in full-service course management as well as assistance in specific segments of the golf business, including: course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.
BCG continues to evolve the golf experience through customized solutions and innovative programs like the annual World’s Largest Golf Outing – a national golf fundraiser conceived by BCG Chairman and CEO, Peter Hill. The company recently launched its newest management solution, Billy Casper Signature, as a boutique division that specializes in country club, resort and private club management.