Golfweek TurfNet The Golf Wire
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Willowbend Announces New Director Of Golf
Michael Vidal named new director of golf
Mashpee, Mass. - (November 14, 2012) - Southworth Development announced today that Michael Vidal has been named Director of Golf at Willowbend. Michael has worked for Southworth for the past 5 years and is one of the company's rising stars. His attention to detail, customer service, operational knowledge and passion for hospitality are second to none. Mr. Vidal will move to Willowbend from another Southworth Development Property, Creighton Farms in Aldie, VA.

Prior to joining Creighton Farms in 2008, Mike was the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida where he began as an intern in 2004. Mike graduated from Ferris State University with a degree in business administration, is a Class A member of the PGA of America and is an accomplished player. Mike is a native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, is married with one son. Mike and his family will arrive on the Cape in December.

Mike will join our superb golf staff of Ray Richards, Richie Packish, Rhett Bishop, Victor Colon and Danny Caverly. In addition to building on the many wonderful accomplishments of our current golf program, our golf team's focus in 2013 will be to strengthen our junior programs, improve our Camp Willowbend golf offerings, refine our member tournaments and events, enhance our guests of members experiences and implement service standards in our locker rooms commensurate with the finest private golf clubs in America. Mike has also played a major role in our company's retail and, in addition to his duties with our golf shop, he will also oversee our retail efforts at Willowbend's fitness shop due to open this Spring.

About Willowbend: Created in 1992 by Paul Fireman and David Southworth, Willowbend has earned a reputation as New England's premier private club community. Featuring 27 holes of award-winning championship golf, luxurious estate homes and villas, a world-class tennis facility, Olympic-sized pool, state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa, plus elegant gourmet dining, Willowbend has long been considered Cape Cod's most prestigious and exclusive private enclave.

About Southworth Development: Southworth Development LLC is a privately held company specializing in the development of residential resort and hospitality-branded real estate communities. Founded by David Southworth, Southworth Development's expertise includes master-planned community development, real estate asset management, golf course construction management, and resort and golf operations management. Southworth's award-winning communities include:

Machrihanish Dunes - a celebrated historic project on the west coast of Scotland consisting of a U.K. Top-100, 18-hole, David McLay Kidd-designed seaside links course, two historic Scottish hotels, and fractional ownership golf cottage units.

Creighton Farms - an extraordinary private club and community located in Virginia's prestigious Loudoun County and featuring a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, 964 acres of beautiful Virginia hunt country home sites for the community's elegant Legacy Homes and Villas, a brand new 34,000-square-foot clubhouse and a host of other existing and planned amenities.

Meredith Bay - a luxury residential gated community with single-family home sites, townhomes and a private beach club and marina located on New Hampshire's famed Lake Winnipesaukee.

Renaissance - a private golf club that was named "Course of the Year" for 2012 by the New England Golf Course Owners Association and consists of an 18-hole Brian Silva Signature championship golf course and new American Shingle-Style clubhouse located on Boston's North Shore.

PGA Village® - The Bahamas - Currently under development, this resort property on Cat Island in The Bahamas is being created in conjunction with the PGA of America. It will feature a 1,906-acre oceanfront site with over 2 miles of beachfront and will be anchored by a five-star boutique hotel. Amenities will include 36 holes of championship-caliber golf, the PGA Village®, a casino, and spectacular seaside residential units.
Cindy Lawrence, Director of Public Relations
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