David S. Downing II, past president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and a veteran of more than 20 years in facility management, has been named Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance for PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Downing, a native of Reedsville, Pa., and a 1977 graduate of Penn State University Turfgrass Management Program, began his position July 5 at PGA Village, the site of three of America's premier resort golf facilities and the home club for PGA Professionals.
"David Downing represents the best of golf course management in our industry, a career that spans premier facilities and the No. 1 leadership position of the GCSAA," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka. "The PGA of America is proud to have David as a member of the PGA Village team representing our 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals, and continue The PGA's investment in PGA Village as one of our country's leading golf resorts."
Downing will head a course management team that serves PGA Village's three world-class resort and private golf layouts – the Ryder, the Wanamaker and the Dye Course; the PGA Center for Learning and Performance, and the nearby private PGA Country Club.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to help grow PGA Village and PGA Golf Club," said Downing, who was president of the GCSAA from 2008-09. "We will continue to deliver the highest level of service and provide playing conditions worthy of the PGA brand. I also look forward to building upon the relationships between the GCSAA and PGA members, organizations that have grown tremendously and can help each other in many ways."
Prior to his PGA of America appointment, Downing had served since 2007 president of Signature Golf Group in Myrtle Beach, S.C., guiding three golf facilities as part of Rivers Edge Golf Club.
Downing, 55, began his professional career as an assistant superintendent at Torresdale Frankford Country Club in Philadelphia (1977-79); and became superintendent in 1979 at Williamsport (Pa.) Country Club. He also held golf course superintendent positions at Kennett Square (Pa.) Golf and Country Club, from 1983-85; at The Tournament Players Club of Connecticut in Cromwell, Conn., from 1985-87; at The Las Vegas Country Club, from 1987-90; and at Wild Wing Plantation in Myrtle Beach, from 1990-98, where his duties included serving as project manager for property development and construction.
From 1994 to 2003, Downing owned DD II Golf Course Consulting in Myrtle Beach, and began full-time consulting in the summer of 2002. During this period, he was director of golf course operations at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, from 1998 to 2002, a four-course complex that became the first golf facility worldwide to open all 72 holes the same day.
From 2003 to 2004, Downing was senior vice president of operations and new business development at Avestra in Pinehurst, N.C., where his projects included overseeing the final construction process for Forest Oaks Country Club, which hosted the 2003 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.
In July 2004, Downing became director of golf operations for The Pearl Golf Links of Sunset Beach, N.C., and in November 2005 became golf superintendent at Rivers Edge Golf Club of Shallotte, N.C., rated one of the top 100 public courses in the nation by Golf Digest. Downing was promoted from Rivers Edge Golf Club in 2007 to vice president of operations and construction at Signature Golf Group of Myrtle Beach and was named president in April 2009.
Downing and his wife, Jo, will live in Port St. Lucie, and are parents of a daughter, Hayley, and sons Michael and Alex.
About PGA Village
The Ryder, Wanamaker and Dye Courses form a trio of world-class courses at PGA Golf Club, at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Named by Golf Digest as one of the "75 Best Golf Resorts in North America," PGA Village also features the award winning, 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance and the PGA Museum of Golf and the nearby private PGA Country Club. PGA Golf Club exists to be one of the premier public-access resort facilities in America, complete with a Private Members Club, and also serves as the home club for 27,000 PGA Professionals. For more information, please visit pgavillage.com.
About The PGA of America
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.
By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.
By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.