RODNEY 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
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
1978 to Present: Class "A" Member , Professional Golfers Association of America 2003 to Present: Quarter Century Club Member , Professional Golfers Association of America
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 CLIFFORD A. ROURKE
Senior Manager, Golf Course Maintenance Operations
Cliff Rourke has been a member of the Empire Golf management team since 1998. He has extensive experience in turf grass management including training, supervision, personnel motivation and technical knowledge. His experience in the planning and implementation of capital projects, construction of greens and tee complexes, construction management of full course irrigation systems, and building structures has made him a very valuable part of Empire Golf in his six-plus years with the company. His twenty-five years of experience in the golf course maintenance field in Northern California are highlighted below.
EDUCATION 1979: Bachelor of Science, Environmental Planning and Management ; University of California at Davis. 1982: Additional Studies, Business Organization and Managerial Economics; University of California at Davis.
1998 to present: Golf Course Superintendent , La Contenta Golf Club, Valley Springs 1994 to 1998: Golf Course Superintendent , Summit Pointe Golf Club, Milpitas 1985 to 1994: Golf Course Superintendent , Riverside Golf Club, Coyote 1983 to 1985: Assistant Golf Course Superintendent , Franklin Canyon Golf Club,Rodeo
1984 to present: Class A Member, Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of America. 2002 to present: Member Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of Sierra Nevada State of California Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate
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
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
2008- Present: Class "A" Member, Professional Golfers Association of America 2003-2007: Professional Golfers Association of America Apprentice Program