Kless Myers Golf Management, LLC was formed by PGA Professionals Philip Kless and Andrew Myers. Our mission is to offer an enjoyable recreational golf experience to all patrons and their families. We will do so through the service of PGA Professional leadership in the hiring and training of competent staff that is prepared to meet the needs of all guests in a most efficient and pleasant manner. In achieving the financial goals associated with moderate growth and annual profitability, we strive to provide value while exceeding the expectations of a careful consumer.
The PGA Professional owner/operators of Kless Myers Golf Management have extensive experience in managing golf environments with multiple priorities and functions. Currently our company is entering our 10th season for the total golf and grounds operation at the 18 hole Lyndon Golf Course, Fayetteville, NY. We are also entering our second season of ownership at the historic and private Owasco Country Club in Auburn NY. From 2015 through 2017 we were tasked with the complete turn around and image overhaul of the underperforming golf operations of the three Monroe County Parks Golf Courses in Rochester NY (Durand Eastman, Churchville and Genesee Valley). In three seasons rounds and revenues increased by over 30% and now enjoy excellent standing in the Rochester Golf Community due to our efforts. We are excited for year five of ownership at the Sunset Ridge Golf Club and very happy to have returned the club to a prominent place in the CNY golf community!
Andrew Myers, Certified PGA Professional, Owner
Andy Myers began his golf career at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in 2008 as a locker room attendant, outside services attendant and pro shop attendant at The Atunyote Golf Club before being promoted to Assistant Golf Professional & Tournament Coordinator in November 2009. Andy enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program in September of 2009. While working at Shenendoah and Kaluhyat Golf Clubs, Andy completed all levels of the Professional Golf Management Program, passed the Player’s Ability Test and was elected a Class A PGA Member in March of 2011. Andy has also completed all 7 Certified Professional Programs in the areas of retail, golf operations, ownership & leasing, executive management, general management, instruction and player development. He is one of a handful of PGA Professional to hold all 7 certifications. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Instructional Design from Syracuse University. Andy’s philosophy on teaching is tailored to each student and is based on physical abilities and personal goals. He believes in a natural golf swing, driven by the big muscles in the body to create maximum club head speed and contact consistency. Andy believes it is extremely important for the player to understand the causes for various types of results so that practice is productive and leads to the overall performance the student desires. Andy has taught players of all skill levels and ages, from juniors to fellow PGA Professionals.
Philip Kless, Class A PGA Professional, Owner
Philip Kless is a PGA Golf Professional and owner/ operator at Lyndon Golf Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Resort and Tourism with a specialization in Professional Golf Management from Coastal Carolina University. He was first team All County Golf in his high school, and was captain of both golf and varsity basketball teams. His career has given him the opportunity to gain extensive experience in the golf industry in both inside and outside operations. Phil has directed tournaments which included organizing pairings and skills challenges, managing tournament operations staff, enforcing rules and regulations for course governance, supervising guest check-in and reservation processes as well as pro shop management. He also skilled and trained in club fitting and golf instruction. The game of golf lets him share his passion and knowledge through lessons, which teach fundamentals. He also likes keeping instruction simple and easy to understand so that a fun atmosphere is created. Phil will work with each student to design a personal improvement program to help them achieve their golfing goals.
Matthew Alm, Class A PGA Head Professional
Matthew Alm is a Class A Head Professional from Freeville, New York. He started his golf career at Willowbrook Golf Club at a young age working as an outside service attendant. He attended the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach where he was a top graduate in 2013, receiving the President’s Award. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business he moved back to NY and worked at Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira. He worked as the First Assistant Golf Professional working toward his Class A PGA Membership. After one year he accepted a job at Soaring Eagles Golf Course in Horseheads where he was the First Assistant Golf Professional for the last five years. Matthew’s teaching philosophy is centered around teaching a golf swing that fits your body type. Teaching the individual allows him to help each student develop a swing that is consistent and repeatable in pressure situations. He wants you to know as a potential student that he takes pride and enjoyment out of seeing all his students reach their goals and beyond. He was elected to the PGA of America in November 2020 and looks to continue his education and career at Sunset Ridge Golf Club.
Derek Vaillancourt, PGM Intern – Assistant Golf Professional
Derek Vaillancourt is currently completing his senior year at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science in Business, majoring in Service Management with an emphasis in PGA Golf Management. During his time at UCCS, he has represented the PGA Golf Management program at the Fall 2019 & 2021 GMG Cup, the 2021 Jones Cup and the 2022 Kelbel Cup. He has volunteered at the First Tee of Southern Colorado all four years of college, working with six different levels of youth golfers. He will be completing his final internship with Kless Myers Golf Management. He has had previous internships at Grayhawk Golf Club and Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona and The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Derek was born and raised in Wisconsin where he started golfing in kindergarten. He began playing in tournaments in third grade and competed on the varsity golf team all four years of high school. As much as he loves playing golf, he truly enjoys working with youth and sharing his passion for golf with them. Derek currently calls Cave Creek, Arizona home when not at college.
Rose Thompson, ACF Executive Chef
Chef Rose Thompson returns to Sunset Ridge Golf Club for the 2022 season for her third season as our Executive Chef. Rose has worked with us since 2018. Rose continues to evaluate and improve our restaurant and banquet menus and her fish fries in summer are not to be missed! Chef Rose has grown from humble beginnings. She was exposed to a wide range of cultural backgrounds in her childhood and credits her culinary range to the many teachers who welcomed her into their kitchens throughout her life. Rose loves creating special dishes that bring back fond memories of those experiences. Her greatest inspiration has drawn from a woman, affectionately named “Grandma Lee”. Grandma Lee taught her how flavors can work together and they spent many days experimenting with new flavors and traditional recipes to make them even better! These experiences led Rose to pursue a new career in the culinary arts. She earned her degree in Culinary Management from Onondaga Community College. Rose has combined her love of cooking with her love of fishing and hunting to create award winning fish and game dishes in the CNY area. She is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is currently working on achieving certified status. Rose is excited for the coming season and looks forward to seeing everyone!
John “J” Yanchisin, GCSAA Superintendent