New Golf Pro Selected for Esmeralda

Rob Sanders of Lewiston will begin January 1

Fianna Dickson, 509.625.6297

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 2:22 p.m.

The Park Board has approved a Professional Services Contract with Rob Sanders, PGA to serve as the new Head Golf Professional at Esmeralda Golf Course.

Sanders has 18 years of experience, and previously served as the General Manager and Head Professional of the Lewiston Golf & Country Club and Devils Thumb in Colorado. He has three PGA certifications in Golf Instruction, Golf Operations and General Management.

A degree in Sports Medicine helps him relate to golfers who have had surgeries or limitations from injuries.

“I have a passion for teaching and growing the game of golf, and creating memorable experiences for golfers of all abilities,” said Sanders. “I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the future of Esmeralda, a course with a 60-year history and incredible offerings.”

Sanders responded to the city’s Request for Proposals (RFP) distributed in the fall. Responses were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Parks and Recreation staff and Park Board members. Sanders was recommended by the selection committee, and the recommendation was forwarded to the Park Board for approval.

Respondents were asked to address in their proposal the management of the golf course and the pro-shop including retail, restaurant/concessions, golf cart rentals, driving range operations, off-season, staff, and instructional programs.