Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2016
This will be Michael’s second General Manager position with ClubCorp as he joins us after spending two and half successful years as the General Manager of Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Prior to being a member of the ClubCorp team, Michael spent two years with the Bay Club Company in San Francisco as VP/GM. He is also a long-time Coachella Valley resident. He spent eight years with Omni Hotels and KSL Resorts as the Director of Club Operations at Rancho Las Palmas, and was previously the Director of Golf at Rancho Mirage Country Club.
Michael is a Class A member of the PGA of America and Canadian PGA. Although born in the US, he grew up in Canada and spent much of his early career in the Victoria, BC and Calgary, AB areas. Michael's parents and sister are still residing in Regina, SK. Michael first fell in love with desert living while playing college golf in Scottsdale, AZ before moving back to Canada where he finished his education at the University of Victoria.
Michael spends his free time focused on his family, his love for music and history, and his long suffering passion for the Toronto Maple Leafs and L.A. Rams. He has two children, his son, a proud recent graduate of UC Riverside and an aspiring medical student, and his daughter, a full time student at College of the Desert working towards her education degree. Michael and his long-time partner, Lindsay, now live here locally in the Desert.
Michael is very proud to be a part of the Mission Hills Family! He cites the Dinah Shore Tournament Course as one of his all-time favorite layouts and Mission Hills as an iconic Club, which he has always admired. He looks forward to embracing the rich history of Mission Hills, positioning our Club for a vibrant and exciting future, and meeting each one of you over your first few months.
Role: Club Manager
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 760.883.1579
Dennis’s career started in small town America where he was a server in his cousins' restaurant. He quickly moved into a manager position and found that his passion lies in what he calls, "approachable upscale", where the best experiences are built around the company you share, amazing food, and unobtrusive service.
Dennis loves getting to know the Members at the Club and being able to provide them with the service they deserve.
He is a native of San Diego, CA and is excited to be home in Southern California where he enjoys hiking with his Border Collie, Argus, spending time with his family, and exploring new restaurants.
Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 1992
Phone Number: 760.883.1638
Debra is a native Californian and San Diego State University alumni.
Debra’s career with ClubCorp began right out of college in 1992 where she worked at the University Club atop Symphony Towers in San Diego. She later relocated to the Palm Springs area and worked in the membership departments in the following country clubs: Desert Falls, Indian Wells and Mission Hills.
Debra’s interests include volunteering at local animal shelters and charities and supporting her daughter and her high school sports team. She also enjoys teaching a fitness class at our Sports Club.
"What vision can I bring to life for you?" This question is one that has been a driving force in my career. Building memories, connecting with members and clients alike is all part of great hospitality, and the backbone to my background.
My early roots were established with Marriott International. The hospitality sector hooked me and building meaningful connections kept me seeking for more. I would go on to lead in roles as Executive Event Planner, Catering Manager, Membership Director and Banquet Director to name a few. I have had the pleasure of working with high profile clients, large scale projects and more.
My sense of adventure and drive for achievement brought me to Clubcorp in 2017. As the Private Events Director, I enjoy engaging with members and meeting new people. It is always a pleasure serving our members and communities: so, "stop by"! Let me know how we can work together. I'm ready to bring your vision to life.
Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2019
Paul has enjoyed a career that has taken him literally all over the world. A native of Michigan, he has traveled to all fifty U.S. States, and sailed to fifty-one countries on six continents serving as Staff Officer onboard cruise ships.
A lifelong student of the arts, history and culture, Paul spent several years living and working in both New York City and Los Angeles, and had the privilege of escorting study tours to nearly fifty UNESCO World Heritage sights in twenty-three countries. He is thrilled to be joining the terrific team here at Mission Hill’s Country Club to bring you amazing, one-of-a-kind experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
Chef Brandon Testi has been classically trained in the field of culinary arts from Riverside Culinary Academy in Riverside, California, and graduated with honors in the top of his respective class. He has used his original and modern style in a variety of restaurants and resorts starting at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, and then moving on to Cielo at Casino Morongo in Cabazon, IW Club in Indian Wells, bluEmber at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Second Bar + Kitchen at The Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas and AC3 at Hotel Paseo here in Palm Desert. He has honed his culinary skills, creativity and proficient techniques through the tutelage of many great chefs along the way. He has refined his artistic talent as an emerging chef over the past decade in the industry. His style of cooking tends to lean towards a fresh, clean, and contemporary California fusion approach.
With a solid foundation of hard work and dedication, his resourceful and unexpected ideas have produced eye catching dishes while impressing many food critics with bold innovative flavors. His distinctive recipes have attracted attention from The New York Times, Palm Springs Life, Idyllwild Town Crier, Press Enterprise, and Desert Entertainer to name a few. His creative, out of the box flare was literally “reflective” when he “smoked” the 2014 Crater Lake Chef’s Challenge, where he took First Place.
After years of hard work and education in various culinary settings, Chef Brandon brings his talent and creative strive to the renowned Mission Hills Country Club. His immediate goals include establishing signature dishes and a memorable palate experience for guests.
Brandon enjoys cooking, eating, attending sporting events, playing hockey, snowboarding and spending time with friends and his family. Brandon happily lives in the greater Palm Springs area with his wife, Brier and their children, Brayden, Beckham, and Brooks.
Role: Tournament Coordinator
Serving Since: 2019
David has been a member of the golf team here at Mission Hills since November of 2018, and was recently promoted to the role of Tournament Coordinator, helping to organize golf events for our Golf Members, Clubs Within A Club and a host of outside groups and tours. David also attended the Golf Academy of America-Carlsbad campus, receiving an Associate’s Degree in Golf Complex Operations. He is dedicated to his career as a true Golf Professional and harbors a passion to grow the game, while at the same time providing an unsurpassed level of service to Members and Guests alike.
Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2020
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Born and raised in Northern Ohio, Darrin went to the University of Cincinnati in 1993 to chase his dream of playing Division 1 Soccer. After being sidelined by an injury, it was there he found his passion for the game of golf. In 1999, he decided to pursue that passion and moved to Arizona to further explore the industry and attend the Mundus Institute of Golf Course Management. After graduating, Darrin went on to become a Class A PGA Member. During his 13-years in Arizona, he worked at several courses in the Phoenix – Scottsdale area including: Moon Valley Country Club, Troon North Golf Club, Poston Butte Golf Club, and Ocotillo Golf Resort.
In 2006, he married his wife Jessica and in 2012, after having their son Cameron, they decided they wanted to be closer to family and embarked on a cross-country adventure back to Northern Ohio where Darrin spent the next two-years as a Head Golf Professional with Dick's Sporting Goods.
In 2014, they realized their love for year-round sunshine and embarked on their next cross-country adventure, this time to sunny southern California. Darrin spent the next six-years at PGA West where he served as the Head Golf Professional, Director of Golf, and General manager of the Jack Nicklaus tournament course and The Stadium course. He has managed their PGA Tour event for the past five-years as the Host PGA Professional.
Presently, Darrin resides in North Indio with his wife Jessica and their eight-year-old son, Cameron. When Darrin is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing soccer with his son, and practicing to hone his skills in the game of golf.
Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2018
Stephan grew up in Fayetteville, NC where he learned to play golf with his family. He moved to California in 2003 and started working at a golf course during High School. During this time while playing on the golf team, he grew to love the game and wanted to pursue a career as a golf professional. He has spent time at various public and high-end private clubs in the desert Palm Springs area as well as in Montana including Mountain View Country Club, Rock Creek Cattle Company, and PGA West. He brings 15 years of golf experience to Mission Hills and loves to see the Members enjoying the courses and the Club experience. Stephan is currently enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program as an Apprentice and spends his off time with his wife, Vanessa, his daughter, Emily, and their dog, Lua.
Role: Director of Golf Operations
Serving Since: 2001
David Hay, C.G.C.S. has been a Golf Course Superintendent for 39 years. He started his career in the High Desert at the Apple Valley CC. David became a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 1988. First moving to the Coachella Valley in 1995, David became the Director of Agronomy at the Westin Mission Hills Resort. From 1997 to present, David has served as Director of Golf Operations for ClubCorp, first at Indian Wells CC and he moved to Mission Hills in 2017. He has been in a ClubCorp Regional Agronomist role since 2001. David graduated from Victor Valley College in 1986 with an A.S. in Business.