From Golf College to General Manager

Aug 28, 2017

Alumni Daniel Plens

If you asked Daniel Plens what his proudest golf accomplishment was, he would tell you that it’s where he is today. After working as a head golf professional for six years, Plens recently accepted a general manager position at a golf club in his hometown.

His new role is busy, but he likes it that way. As general manager, he is in charge of a range of staff: the kitchen staff, the banquet staff, and more. Weddings are not infrequent at Bristol Oaks Golf Club, which is a large facility, complete with lights that can stay on until 10 p.m. And all this is, of course, in addition to his golf-related duties.

“I’m involved in every bit of it,” Plens says.

Plens is also a certified U.S. Kids Golf Coach. A few years ago, he did a handful of junior golf programs, and he brought the idea with him to Bristol Oaks. Every Thursday, the club now has more than 75 kids in four different sessions. They learn the long game, golf psychology and a host of other essential skills.

“Just seeing the kids grow and learn…it’s nice to see them improve in ways you wouldn’t expect during week one,” Plens says.

During his time at Golf Academy of America in Orlando, Plens was exposed to all aspects of the golf industry — something he is extremely grateful for today as he juggles his varied job duties.

“Every single day I do something different — whether it’s club repair, merchandising, tournament organization — it’s all something we learned at Golf Academy of America,” he says. “Everything really does help. It’s definitely a great foundation for a career in golf.