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.
After being raised on hockey and working in finance, Brad shifted gears in his passions and career. A lifelong golfer, Brad began his hospitality career on the east coast at Rumson Country Club in his home state of New Jersey. As assistant caddy master, he oversaw 70 caddies and began his exploration of membership engagement. The love of a new career in golf sent Brad on a journey to a new coast. He moved to Palm Springs, California, where he could be among family and among an abundance of hotels, resorts and golf courses.
The next 14 years were spent at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. After a short stint as first assistant golf professional, Brad moved into the role of membership director. Responsible for golf, tennis and resort memberships, he also oversaw all group golf events for the resort as well as outside events. From simple membership renewals to large scale tournaments and everything in between, Brad has grown in his love of golf and hospitality over the years.
The allure of Mission Hills has always been strong to a golf enthusiast like Brad. After being given the opportunity to caddy in the American Express, Brad decided it was time to join a championship club. When he isn’t working (or golfing!), Brad enjoys spending time with his wife, two kids and four dogs. He is thrilled to join the Mission Hills team!
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: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2020
Email Darrin Harn
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 Golf Course Maintenance
Serving Since: 2020
Email Orlando Delgado
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Orlando moved to the Coachella Valley right after high school looking for new adventures away from all the cluttered traffic of beautiful San Jose.
He started a culinary career at the Chart House in Rancho Mirage, spending a few years following this passion before enrolling in The College of the Desert to study culinary arts and hospitality management. After a few years of working late nights, Orlando decided a career change was in order and accepted a new position as Greenskeeper at the Desert Princess Golf Course where he spent the next six years completely immersed in his new field. As a highly regarded member of the agronomy team, Orlando was subsequently promoted to Superintendent and earned a Turfgrass degree.
Orlando spent the next two years as Assistant Superintendent at Cimarron Golf Course, and in 2002 worked for Nicklaus Private and Weiskopf Private where he gained invaluable experience learning how to maintain golf courses with high levels of expectations. Orlando moved on to Mission Lakes, maintaining Bentgrass greens as Head Superintendent, then took on more responsibilities managing multiple departments including Golf Course and HOA at Marrakesh Country Club.
The next stop was at the Citrus Club in La Quinta where Orlando spent the next three years bringing the property back up to membership expectations. When Mission Hills came knocking on the door, it was a moment of excitement, as one of Orlando’s career goals has always been to work for a high-end multi-golf facility, and he is thrilled to now be part of the team at Mission Hills Country Club.
Orlando is married to Raquel Delgado and they have two beautiful daughters, Jaqueline (15) and Clarissa (17) with whom Orlando loves spending time. The third daughter is a two-year-old Doberman (Khaleesi) and finally, the boy - a twelve-year-old Chihuahua. When not working, the whole family loves to spend time camping and off-roading.
Role: Sports Club Director
Serving Since: 2020
Email Craig Purcell
We are pleased to announce that Craig Purcell has joined the Mission Hills Country Club team as our Sports Club Director. Craig’s work experience has taken him through The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Tennis Australia’s National Academy in Sydney, and The Jack Kramer Club in Los Angeles. He has enjoyed a successful career managing club operations and delivering exceptional group fitness, personal training, racquet sports, aquatic, spa, and recreation programs to the private club member. Craig is excited to bring his passion for club life, healthy lifestyle services, and creating unique sport social events to Mission Hills, ensuring that each member’s visit to the Sports Club is the best part of their day.
Be sure to stop by the club and extend a warm welcome to our new Sports Club Director.