Kelley L. Pfeffer has been appointed senior sales manager for the new Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, set to open December 1 on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Her primary focus will be the Virginia and Washington, D.C., association and corporate markets. The resort will feature an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Keith Foster. Pfeffer most recently worked at the Hyatt Regency Washington, on Capitol Hill, as associate director of sales and senior sales manager.
Peter Garapic has been named corporate sales manager at Opryland Hotel and Attractions, Nashville, Tenn. Garapic most recently was director of sales at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Columbia, S.C.
Brenda O'Neil has been appointed national sales manager for The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. O'Neil was most recently national sales manager with The Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va. The Greenbrier offers three championship golf courses and the Sam Snead Golf Academy.
Cheryl Ferree has been hired as account director for the Southeast and West Coast markets at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. Ferree was most recently senior conference services manager at the resort. Doral features 90 holes of golf.
At Prestige Resorts and Destinations Ltd., Mary Clendenen will head up the new Washington, D.C., regional sales office. She had been in the regional sales office of Liberty Hospitality Group in Washington, D.C., representing Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa, on Sanibel Island, Fla. Prestige is also opening a new regional office in Phoenix, which will be headed by Laree Mancour, who was previously national sales director at Discover Resorts International, Scottsdale, Ariz.
At The SunBurst Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dorrie Halloran, Kelly Riordan, and Laura Scheller have been appointed national account managers. Halloran will oversee the East Coast and Southern markets, Riordan will be responsible for Canada and the western states, while Sheller will focus on Southern California.
John A. Dodson has been appointed managing director of PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He had been regional vice president of operations for Noble House Hotels and Resorts. Also at PGA, Audrey Ricci is the new director of sales and marketing. She too comes from Noble House Hotels and Resorts where, for the past six years, she oversaw sales and marketing for the company's five Florida properties.
John Rebimbas has joined The Registry Resort, Naples, Fla., as a national sales manager. Rebimbas had worked for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, where he held the same title. Rachel A. McKenna has joined The Registry as a national accounts manager, responsible for corporate groups from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. McKenna formerly was with LaPlaya Beach Resort, also in Naples, where she handled groups from the Midwest and Washington, D.C.
Michael Heckman has been named executive meeting manager for golf at Sawgrass Marriott Resort, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He will plan and coordinate golf packages for groups interested in using the resort's 99 holes. Heckman was previously assistant general manager of the Hagerstown Suns Professional Baseball Club in Maryland.
At Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla., Tim Rose is the new golf marketing and public relations manager. Rose was previously director of sales and marketing for the Michael Jordan Golf Co. in Chicago. Also at Sandestin, Mary Jane Kirby is the new sales manager of group sales, focusing on Midwest markets.
At the Diplomat Resort Country Club & Spa in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Jennifer Rollins has been named senior sales manager in charge of group sales in the local South Florida market. Rollins was most recently convention sales manager for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jennifer Landers is the new assistant director of sales at Pointe Hilton Resorts, which include Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak and Pointe Hilton Tapitio Cliffs in Phoenix.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa, Farmington, Pa., will renovate its two PGA-rated golf courses, Mystic Rock and The Links. Plans include redeveloping the landscaping and changing the height of the fairways and rough. www.nemacolin.com
The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Fla., held a celebration for the reopened Ocean Course after a dramatic, $20 million renovation. Joining in the festivities were golf lovers and media luminaries Matt Lauer and Bryant Gumbel. The renovation includes new world-class golf and tennis facilities, including an “Old Florida” — style clubhouse. www.thebreakers.com
Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina, Stuart, Fla., formerly Indian River Plantation, will change the name of its new golf, beach, and racquet club to The Ocean Club. The resort's 18-hole executive golf course spans from ocean to river, provides an aqua range with state-of-the-art, shock-absorbing tee mats, and features water on 17 of 18 holes. www.floridatreasures.com
The Westin Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, Fla., is renovating its Innisbrook Troon Golf Institute. The resort's two 18-hole courses have been renamed and lengthened. Hawk's Run is now Highlands North and has been extended to 6,515 yards and lowered to a par-70. Highlands South, formerly Eagle's Watch, is now 6,768 yards and a par-71. The renovation includes expansion of its practice facility from 13 to 15 acres, addition of a 1,000-square-foot indoor teaching facility, and a video and computer swing-analysis system. www.westin-innisbrook.com
Our Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island, opened The Butch Harmon School of Golf this past December. Harmon, Tiger Woods' current teacher, has created a school that offers a range of practice facilities that replicate playing conditions around the world. Practice areas are complemented by indoor swing video analysis, a teaching seminar area, and covered teaching bays. Our Lucaya offers 36 championship holes of golf, featuring the Our Lucaya Reef Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the Lucayan Course, designed by Dick Wilson. www.ourlucaya.com
The Westin Park Central, Dallas, now offers guests golf privileges at any of the 17 American Golf Corp. — managed courses in the Dallas area. The hotel's concierge will arrange tee times, and guests receive a sleeve of golf balls on their first evening at the hotel. Buffalo Creek in Rockwall, Los Rios Country Club in Plano, and Oakridge Country Club in Garland are among the 17 courses offering privileges. www.westin.com
Palazzo Arzaga, a luxury resort in Italy's Lake Garda region (about 1½ hours between Venice and Milan) is redefining Italy as a major golfing destination. The resort, with 84 rooms in a 15th-century mansion, is adding nine holes to its nine-hole Gary Player course, and has an 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus II. The Arzaga Golf Academy, a PGA Europe facility, is on-site.