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Leadership

  • RodRODNEY L. METZLER

    President and Founder
    14670 Cantova Way, Suite 228
    P.O. Box 689
    Rancho Murieta, CA 95683

    Phone: (916) 354-1867
    Fax: (916) 914-2347

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    Rod Metzler is the President and Founder of Empire Golf. Rod has been involved in all phases of the golf industry for the past 40 years. His experience includes facility, ownership, leasing, club management, contract management, design, construction management of both existing and new facilities, as well as new course development. Since 1987, under his direction, Empire Golf has successfully grown into a regionally based golf course management company in Northern California. The company has prided itself in innovative and truly comprehensive golf course services offerings to its clients. Rod has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 1978. Rod has received numerous personal awards for his accomplishments and expertise in the golf industry. He was named the Northern California PGA Professional of the Year in 1994, as well as NCPGA Merchandiser of the Year in 1986. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the Northern California PGA and the California Golf Course Owners Association.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    1993 to Present: President , Mountain Springs Golf Inc., Sonora, California
    1987 to Present: President , Empire Golf Inc., Rancho Murieta, California

    President , Golden Empire Golf, Inc., Rancho Murieta, California

    1987 to 2002: General Partner , Lake Waco Golf and Country Club, Waco, Texas
    1986 to 2009: Managing General Partner , La Contenta Golf Club, Valley Springs, California

    1981 to 1986: Head Golf Professional/Club Manager , Visalia Country Club, Visalia, California
    1979 to 1981: Head Golf Professional/Club Manager , Ridgemark Golf and Country Club , Hollister, California
    1977 to 1979: Head Golf Professional, Clearlake Riviera, Lower Lake, California
    1974 to 1977: Assistant Golf Professional , Orinda Country Club , Orinda, California

    PROFESSIONAL STANDING
    1978 to Present: Class "A" Member , Professional Golfers Association of America
    2003 to Present: Quarter Century Club Member , Professional Golfers Association of America

    PROFESSIONAL AWARDS/ACTIVITIES
    2003: Elected to Quarter Century Club , PGA of America
    2002: Elected to Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame , Solano Community College, Suisun, California
    1996 to 1998: Board of Directors, Rancho Murieta Country Club, Rancho Murieta, California
    1991: Golf Professional of the Year , PGA of America, Northern California Section
    1991: Golf Professional of the Year , California Sports Writers Association
    1986: Merchandiser of the Year , PGA of America, Northern California Section
    1984 to 1986: Board of Directors , PGA of America, Northern California Section
    1987 to 1988: Chairman , Special Awards Committee, PGA of America, Northern California Section
    1986 to 1994: Employment Relations Committee , PGA of America , Northern California Section
  • KURTIS WOLFORD

    Senior Agronomist


    Kurtis Wolford has been a member of the Empire Golf management team since 2006. He has extensive experience in turf grass management including training, supervision, personnel motivation, safety programs, technical and mechanical knowledge. His experience in the planning and implementation of capital projects, construction management, construction of greens and tee complexes, management of full course irrigation systems and building structures has made him a very valuable member of the Empire Golf Management Team.
    Kurtis has been Golf Course Superintendents Association Sierra Nevada Chapter President 2016 and board member since 2011. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticultural Science from the California Polytechnic University.


    EXPERIENCE
    2006 to present: Cherry Island Golf Course Superintendent , Elverta CA
    2003 to 2006: Morgan Creek Golf & Country Club Assistant Superintendent , Roseville CA
    2001 to 2003: Shadow Lakes Golf Club (Troon Golf) Construction Superintendent/ assistant Superintendent , Brentwood CA
    2000 to 2001: Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Arroyo Grande CA Intern , Golf Course Maitenance Staff
    1998 to 2000: Dairy Creek Golf Course, County of San Luis Obispo,  San Luis Obispo CA Intern, Golf Course Maintenance Staff , Construction Crew

    PROFESSIONAL STANDING
    2000 to present: Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of America Class A Superintendent, past Chapter Delegate
    2003 to present: Member Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of Sierra Nevada, 6 year BOD, 2016 President
  • DANE BOHRER 

    Senior Manager, Golf Shop and Retail Operations 


    Dane Bohrer is the Facility Manager of the Ancil Hoffman and Cherry Island Golf Courses, as well as consults and advises on Golf Shop and Retail Operations at all Empire properties.  Dane has been a member of the Empire Golf management team since 2005. Dane got his start as the merchandiser at Cherry Island Golf Course, where he increased sales over 200% in two years. As the Facility Manager at Cherry Island, Dane spent a great deal of time on the lesson tee and rediscovered his passion, "teaching golf." Dane graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in business but learned the golf business from the ground up, "in the trenches", if you will. During the golf explosion of the 80's and 90's Dane owned two golf retail stores in the Sacramento area. His genuine approach to sales and customer service is refreshing when you consider the amount of bad information the shopper is faced with in today's competitive market. Dane is a native of Dayton, Ohio and currently resides in Sacramento with his wife Lisa.

    EDUCATION
    1984: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration; University of New Mexico

    EXPERIENCE
    2005-present  Facility Manager, Ancil Hoffman Golf Course, Sacramento, CA
    2003-2005 Facility Manager, Cherry Island Golf Course, Elverta, CA
    2001-2003    Head Golf Professional, Cherry Island Golf Course,
    1999-2001: Director of Instruction, Family Golf Center, Elk Grove, CA
    1990-1998: Owner/Golf Professional, Pro Golf, Sacramento, CA
    1987-1989: Manager/Golf Professional, Pro Golf, Denver, CO
    1982-1986: Assistant Golf Professional, Ladera GC, Albuquerque, NM

    PROFESSIONAL STANDING
    2008- Present: Class "A" Member, Professional Golfers Association of America
    2003-2007: Professional Golfers Association of America Apprentice Program