Rich Parker, PGA
Director of Golf/Head Golf Professional
Rich Parker comes to us from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where he was the Head Golf Professional at Benvenue Country Club for the past 15 years. Along with substantial professional golf management experience, he brings great enthusiasm and vision to our operation and tournament programs. Rich and his wife Beth have three children: Meredith, John and Andrew.
Ben Spiers, PGA
1st Assistant Golf Professional
Having grown up in the Colorado Springs area, Ben attended Manitou Springs Elementary, Middle and High School. Ben has successfully completed the PGA of America PGA/PGM professional golf management program. This program is designed to equip golf professionals with the tools necessary to manage their own facility, and has a primary focus on teaching the game of golf. Prior to joining The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in 2008, Ben worked at The Broadmoor Golf Club for four years. He enjoys playing golf, hiking, and spending time with friends and family during his free time. He and his wife, Rachel, are proud parents of three children: Alivia, Nolan and Graysen.
Golf Operations Manager
Doug has worked at The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club since June 1988. He moved here from Palm Desert, California, where he worked for Sunrise Company at Palm Valley Country Club for five years. His daughter, Ashton, happily dominates most of his free time with all of her energy, but when he can slip away, he also enjoys playing golf with friends and traveling.
Golf and Grounds Superintendent
Chris was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and an emphasis in Horticulture. He began his golf course maintenance career at the NMSU University Course and Santa Ana Golf Club in New Mexico as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. He moved to Colorado Springs in 2006 to accept the role of Assistant Superintendent at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club. Then, he was promoted to the Golf Course Superintendent role in 2007. He holds a Class A status as a Superintendent through the GCSAA. When not working, he is passionate about his family and Cardinals baseball. Chris and his wife, Danniella, have been married since 2008 and have two wonderful children, Austin, and Michaela.
Shirley Englehorn, LPGA
Master Life Professional, 2014 class of the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame
Shirley joined the LPGA Teaching Division in 1965, earning her LPGA Master Professional certification after retiring from the tour in 1979. She conducted hundreds of exhibitions nationally and internationally, was voted one of the top six teachers in America by Golf Digest in 1976 and received the LPGA National Teacher of the Year award in 1978. Englehorn remains active in the golf industry as a teaching professional, most recently at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, promoting love of the game to the next generation of young golfers. We are very fortunate to have such an esteemed member of the LPGA, like Shirley, involved with our instructional programs at the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club. Without a doubt, Shirley Englehorn is a great role model, humanitarian and devoted instructor to all the lives she touches and students she impacts.
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