Meet the Staff

 

John Jackson

General Manager
jjackson@cortebellagolfclub.com

John moved to Arizona at age 15 when his father retired from the United States Marine Corp. He attended Tempe High School and then Arizona State University where he played on the golf team for 4 years and was an All American in his Junior year. In 1969 he won the USGA National Public Links Championship. John also played on the PGA Tour in 1976 and 1977.

After leaving the tour he took the position of Club Professional at Camelback Golf Club, John then accepted an opportunity to be the Head Golf Professional at "The Golf Club at Desert Mountain". After a year there he left to accept the position of Director of Golf Operations at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale,
During his 16 year tenure at The Phoenician, John was recognized as the Resort Merchandiser of the Year for The PGA of America. His golf shop was recognized as a Top 100 Golf Shop 15 times during his time with The Phoenician.

In 2005 he took a position of General Manager for the Alta Mesa Golf Club and in 2008 John was offered a position within the Scottsdale Golf Group as General Manager for the Legend Trail Golf Club . In 2014 he became the General Manager of Corte Bella Golf Club.

John during his career has been President of The Southwest Section of the PGA in 1987 thru 1989 and a National Director in the PGA from 1989-1991. He was also a Southwest Section PGA Section Board member from 1981-1991.

John has won many tournaments to include the 1969 USGA National Public Links Championship and the 1980 PGA National Assistant Professional Championship. After finishing in 6th place at the National Club Professional Championship in 1982 and 1983 John qualified to play on two PGA Cup Teams against Great Britain and Ireland. John has played in 7 PGA Championships, 2 United States Opens and both the PGA Senior Championship and US Senior Open Championship.

John was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Southwest Section PGA Hall of Fame in 2011.







Debbie Parks - Dube'
Membership Coordinator
ddube@cortebellagolfclub.com

Debbie is a native of Phoenix Arizona and grew up in a golfing family with parents who were and still are avid golfers. Debbie started playing golf at Moon Valley Country Club in the 8th grade. She played on the men’s golf team at Thunderbird High School and then went on to play college golf at the University of Arizona.

Debbie got to experience many different levels of competitive golf. During this time she was fortunate to meet some amazing people and travel all across the United States, and also gather many out of country experiences in Japan, Spain, Australia and Asia.

Golf continued to be an amazing part of her life as she met and married a golf course superintendent that is now a golf course agronomist with many golf courses that he oversees all over the southwest. Debbie and her husband are blessed with three wonderful children Jonathan, Katie and Isabella.
Having children changed Debbie’s life and priorities and while raising them she worked in customer service for her families printing company which gave her the flexibility to always be there for them.

Before coming to Corte Bella Debbie was working as an assistant membership director at Anthem Golf and Country Club. She feels like her experiences from playing golf, working in a customer service for her family business and her time at Anthem have made her a good fit for her role at Corte Bella Golf Club

 

Adam Erspamer

Head Club Golf Pro
aerspamer@cortebellagolfclub.com


Adam was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1983 and started playing golf in 1990. He was a member at Pueblo Country Club where his passion for the game of golf originated.

After graduating school he moved to Fort Collins Colorado where he worked as a project supervisor for the Fort Collins Country Club. To further his education and passion for Golf he moved to Arizona in 2008 to study at the Golf Academy of America. Adam graduated with a management degree from GAA.

While attending the academy Adam furthered his commitment for his passion and his new found love of the desert by working at Legend Trail Golf Club in North Scottsdale, and that’s where he first learned about Corte Bella.

I’ve been at Corte Bella now for almost 4 years and have fallen in love with members that reside in this community".

I enjoy many different aspects of the game of golf but my favorite is to introduce the game to beginners. I recently joined the PGA and am currently a B1 professional, I am working toward my class “A” professional status.

Joining the PGA allows me to further my passion and skill as a golf professional.



 


Lisa Sanchez

Food and Beverage Director
lsanchez@cortebellagolfclub.com

Lisa, an Arizona native began her hospitality career through humble beginnings as a cashier, cook and eventually shift leader for a small local pizza company. Recognized for her work ethic and ability to learn she was recruited by a national fast food chain to learn the operations side of the business and was tasked with opening new store locations in a team lead position where she not only supervised the overall operations but was the main trainer.
  
With goals and a passion to be part of an exceptional establishment that would deliver a dining experience that was next level, she took a position with the Buttes in Tempe, AZ where she learned the crafts of mixology and fine dining, she also learned the catering end of the business.

She spent the next 7 years continuing her education in food & beverage at Arrowhead Country Club in Glendale AZ where she was recognized for her vast knowledge and hands on enthusiasm by a partner of Troon Golf who then recruited her to be part of the Corte Bella Golf Club team.

Lisa has been at Corte Bella now for 10+years and has worn many hats in her days here, but none have fit quite as well as Food & Beverage Director / Banquet manager. Lisa works tirelessly to deliver an exceptional and memorable experience for all our members.

To date she has been in the food & Beverage industry for the better part of 25 years and shows no sign of slowing down.

Lisa has a large extended family here locally and enjoys spending time with them as well as supporting her nieces and nephews in their athletic endeavors.

 

Kyle Slusher

Property Controller 
kslusher@cortebellagolfclub.com

Kyle, originally from Kansas City, MO, moved to Arizona in 2010. It was his passion for the game of golf that brought him to Arizona.

Kyle graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO with a B.S. in Accounting. He also played on the golf team all four years in college. He later attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City where he graduated with a M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing. He stayed in the Kansas City area after school and worked in the Finance Industry there for nearly ten years
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Upon moving to Arizona Kyle started working at Legend Trail Golf Course. Since then he has spent time at Corte Bella Golf Club, Hillcrest Golf Course, and Orange Tree Golf Course, all of which are managed by Scottsdale Golf Group. He currently is a Regional Controller for Scottsdale Golf Group, working at Corte Bella and Orange Tree. This gives Kyle a unique opportunity to combine his knowledge of business and golf and make it into a career.
Kyle is also working towards his Class A PGA Membership and currently is in the last stages of completing this. It has been very interesting experience and one that will better help his career in the golf industry.

             
 

Pat Grimes

Golf Course Superintendent

pgrimes@cortebellagolfclub.com
 

Lester Mast

Facilities Engineer

Lester has been around the construction business for the better part of 4 decades in every capacity from laborer, carpenter, superintendant, project manager and estimator. He has owned and run a family construction business in Indiana that is responsible for over 20 large commercial and residential builds, and has been contracted to manage the remodels of many public and retail projects including schools, churches and banks.
Lester has also been successful pioneering streamline costing and cutting edge project design saving his clients money; he credits these results to maintaining exceptional rapport in his vendor and sub contractor relationships.

Lester’s true expertise runs in project management and estimating where he has had a successful career generating millions of dollars in revenues and cost control for his clients keeping his services in high demand. Lester’s lifetime vision of always exceeding the goal, versus just meeting them has set a standard that carries thru to this day where he is enjoying semi retirement here in Arizona.

Lester has worked with the Sun City Recreation Centers assisting with event set ups and general site maintenance. He also started and continues a successful handyman business that keeps him busy when he is not here at the golf course.

Lester’s family includes his wife, and 4 boys, with a combined 7 grand kids.

Lester’s personal passion is in youth softball, where he holds the title of Assistant Umpire in Chief, (fast pitch)--Amateur Softball Association (Central Arizona) ASA Youth, Adult College and High School.





 





 Tyson Siegler

First Assistant/Tournament Coordinator 
tsiegler@cortebellagolfclub.com

I grew up in a small town named Millbrook about an hour north of New York City. As a kid my passion was basketball but my family had always had strong ties with the game of golf. After high school I attended Coastal Carolina University, just outside Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was here that I caught the proverbial “golf bug”.

After graduating from CCU with a BA in history I returned home to take care of my aging father. Not long after that I decided to turn my new found passion for golf into a career. I chose to attend the Golf Academy of America in Chandler, AZ.

The game of golf has always been a great gateway to meeting new people and the Golf Academy was no different. While attending the Academy I made many great friends including Corte Bella’s own Adam Erspamer. We completed the program at the Golf Academy earning associates degrees in golf complex management and both promptly found jobs in the industry. When Adam ascended to the head pro position at Corte Bella he called on an old friend to bring on board as first assistant and the rest is history. I presently reside in Chandler with my lovely wife Kerrin and our two dogs Leya and Rockne.

 





Ray Linnell 

Golf Assistant
rlinnell@cortebellagolfclub.com