Singapore: Mark Bates and Mark Isley have joined the senior management team at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.
While PGA of Canada professional Bates has assumed the position of Director of Golf Operations, GCSAA certified superintendent Isley has been appointed Director of Agronomy and Project Manager.
“We welcome both to the club,” said Patrick Bowers, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Laguna National, a Golf Facility member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation. “Their appointments will enhance both the experience and playing conditions at Laguna National.”
In his role, Bates will support Laguna’s service and project team, especially focused towards golf operations, membership experience and events as well as the planning and development of the new teaching and practice facility to be constructed.
Bates, who previously opened and managed the Heartland Golf School at Jurong Country Club, said: “I look forward to creating different programmes that will cater to all members – from beginners to single digit handicappers, men and women, young and old.”
For his part, Isley will oversee maintenance of the club’s two 18-hole layouts. He’s also responsible for major tournament preparation, completion of the Masters Course renovation and repair of the Masters greens.
Isley has spent most of the past 26 years in Indonesia where he worked at Bali Golf and Country Club as both Golf Course Superintendent and General Manager; Bintan Lagoon as Club Manager; Bali Handara Golf and Country Club as General Manager and then Bali National Golf Club as Course Superintendent.
Meanwhile, Lionel Roberts is acting as the interim General Manager following the departure of Bradley Leahey.
Bowers said: “Bradley has contributed significantly to Laguna National during his nearly five years with us. We would like to thank him for his support and loyalty during his time with us and wish him all the best for his future endeavours and success in his personal goals.
“Between Lionel, Mark Bates and Mark Isley, they bring with them a wealth of experience in the golfing, food and beverage and service industry and we are confident that they will bring about positive changes and enhancements to the club.”
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