GolfWire has a feature titled Brad Dean Excited In New Role As Owner Of Interlochen Michigan Golf Course. It includes some background on Interlochen Golf Course owner Brad Dean:
Dean, a Bellaire native who previously worked at Schuss Mountain Golf Club for five years, said it was hard to leave Crystal Mountain and its owners Chris and Jim MacInnes.
“I owe a ton to them because I learned so much that I can apply to this opportunity,” he said. “They taught me how to put a team together and so much about the business and doing it professionally. I’m working on that right now for Interlochen Golf Club. I want people to come in like they did at Crystal and see a staff with smiles, welcoming them.”
Dean, who played collegiate golf at Huntingdon College in Alabama and played on the professional mini-tour circuit before becoming a club professional, said he may continue with some golf instruction, but is planning to hire a PGA professional to direct instruction and create some junior golf programming.
He was Crystal Mountain’s first PGA professional. In 2003 he was named the Golf Professional of the Year by the Michigan Section PGA. He is also a three-time Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year (1999, 2001, 2011), a three-time Northern Michigan Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year and was Michigan PGA Merchandiser of the Year for Resorts in 2008. He was also instrumental in the Crystal Mountain Golf Schools being named among Golf Magazine’s Top 25 national golf schools.
As a player Dean is a multiple winner of Michigan PGA Northern Chapter events. He has played in several PGA Professional Championships on the national level and in 2008 qualified for and played with the tour stars in the 90 th PGA Championship at Oakland Hill.
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