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Meet the Staff
Dane Bohrer, General Manager
Dane Bohrer is the General Manager of both the Ancil Hoffman and Cherry Island golf courses. Dane got his start with Empire Golf in 2001, when he assumed a management position as the merchandiser at Cherry Island Golf Course. Since that time, Dane has been promoted to positions of increased responsibility within Empire Golf, including Head Golf Professional at Cherry Island, and later Head Golf Professional at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. As the General Manager at both Cherry Island and Ancil Hoffman, Dane oversees all aspects of the both course's operations. He is in charge of customer service, staff development, merchandising and retail sales, marketing and advertising, golf car and range functions, as well as the instructional programs at both facilities.
Dane's philosophy of success is centered upon building relationships with our customers. It is this "above and beyond" approach to operations, along with his outstanding work ethic, that have made Dane an invaluable member of Empire Golf's Management Team.
Dane has been golf professional since 1984 and is a Class “A” member of the Professional Golfers Association of America. He 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 misinformation the shopper is faced with in today's competitive market. Dane resides in Sacramento with his wife, Lisa.
Joel Baker, Operations Manager
Joel Baker started his career with Empire Golf at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course in 2001 as a driving range assistant. After a couple years on the range he started working in the pro-shop and truly found his niche at the golf course. Joel became a Golf Professional in September of 2004 after passing the Playing Ability Test with the Northern California Professional Golfers Association. He became a member of Empire Golf’s Management Team in January of 2005 as Operations Manager of Ancil Hoffman Golf Course.
In March of 2008 Joel took on the position of Operations Manager at Cherry Island Golf Course. He will be in charge of maintaining Empire Golf’s Management standards at this facility. Joel is a Nike Golf Staff Member and a Professional Club Fitter. He also possesses strong club repair knowledge and truly enjoys repairing and upgrading golf clubs.
During the winter, if you can’t find Joel at Cherry Island Golf Course you might look up to the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains. Joel is an avid snowboarder and will chase a storm up the mountain to make some runs on fresh powder.
Kurtis Wolford, Golf Course Superintendent
Kurtis Wolford is the Golf Course Superintendent at Cherry Island. Kurtis was hired by Empire Golf in the spring of 2005, when Empire Golf assumed the responsibility of golf course maintenance operations at Cherry Island.
Kurtis was born and raised in Redding, California. When he was just seven years old, he began playing in recreational junior golf programs. During his teen years, he worked on a local driving range shagging balls.
Kurtis received a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Horticultural Science from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.
Kurtis has worked in the golf course industry during his entire career and considers himself a steward of the environment. In his spare time he enjoys reading, photography, playing golf, fly fishing, skiing, and camping – anything that is outdoors.