Lee Harlow is a PGA Life Member with 30 years of experience as a head golf professional, director of golf, general manager and regional manager. Lee currently is the owner of Sterling Golf Management which operates Sterling Hills Golf Club for owners John and Linda Zaruka. In his career he has overseen operations at high volume local municipal facilities including Olivas Links, Buenaventura and Los Robles golf courses. Additionally, he has served at private golf facilities and most recently opened up Silvies Valley Retreat and Links, a high-end destination resort in Eastern Oregon. He has learned the golf business from the ground up having started on the maintenance crew at Rancho Maria Golf Course in Santa Maria, CA. at the age of fourteen. He has honed his business skills by working for three leading golf course management firms.
Career experience and highlights include:
- Proven record of increasing rounds, revenues and profitability with a focus on guest services, event sales & creative promotions, improving course conditions, and player participation and retention programs.
- Have maintained excellent client relations with numerous ownership groups including the members who owned Village CC in Lompoc, CA, Dr. Scott and Sandy Campbell owners of Silvies Valley Retreat & Links, and the cities of Ventura and Thousand Oaks.
- Member of the Ventura / Eagle Golf development team that rebuilt Olivas Links and Buenaventura Golf Courses, a $19,000,000 project.
- Oversaw all aspects of the opening of Olivas Links which was named the tenth best municipal course in the nation by Golfweek in 2008.
- Eagle Golf (Arcis Golf) – 2003 General Manager of the Year.
- Northern Chapter PGA – 2005 Golf Professional of the Year.
- Northern Chapter PGA – 1996 Teacher of the Year.
- Has guided large scale capital improvement projects including turf reduction, bunker renovation and fairway renovations.
- Senior executive responsible for up to seven courses at once.
Lee is a long time Ventura resident who has worked and supported numerous charities’ and service clubs in their golf fund raising efforts. He is passionate about sharing his love of the game with others. He is proud to have mentored numerous individuals who have succeeded in the golf industry and other careers.