Managing Partner, Elk River Property Development, LLC
First as a shaper with Rees Jones and then through his own Indiana-based company, Highland Golf Services, Jim Haley has helped build exceptional golf courses throughout the world including the original golf course at Bandon Dunes and other David McLay Kidd designs. Jim has also worked with Pacific Gales designer Dave Esler on several projects including the historic Lake Geneva Country Club, a private club in the Chicago area, and has traveled the world to play its best links layouts, including those in Scotland and Ireland. He lives in Nebraska with his family. Learn more about Jim and his previous projects on the Highland Golf Services website.
Course Designer and Elk River Property Development, LLC, Partner
Dave Esler grew up caddying around Chicago, playing many of the best courses whenever he could. He started drawing golf holes in his early teens and also began competing seriously. He earned a degree in landscape architecture at Ohio State University, played on four Big Ten Championship golf teams and was awarded a traveling fellowship to study the great courses of the British Isles. In the late 1980s, he started his own company, Esler Golf Designs, followed by Vintage Golf Construction in 2001. Building a reputation through high-profile restoration work at some of the Chicago region’s top courses, his clients have hosted a dozen major championships and he has lectured at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is best known for the original design at Black Sheep Golf Club, but it’s clear that Pacific Gales will be a new high watermark for him. “We all know this business is about the next job you do, so I’m genuinely excited this next course will be a truly extraordinary one.” Dave lives with his family in St. Charles, Ill.
A lifelong Oregonian and Coos County native, Troy Russell brings the perfect combination of local knowledge and 20 years of golf course construction and project management experience to Pacific Gales, overseeing grow-in, irrigation and maintenance. His 10 years as Resort Superintendent with Bandon Dunes Resort included construction work on Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes and Bandon Trails. Additionally, Troy has worked on other notable courses to open in recent years — as Construction Project Manager for Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash., and Construction and Project Liaison for Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Ore. Says Troy of Pacific Gales: “It’s a spectacular site. When you see it, it gets your attention.” Troy is a two-time recipient of the Golf Course Superintendents Association / Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, first in 2003 for resort course in the state of Oregon and later receiving the national award in 2005. Troy lives in Bandon with his wife and family.
Marketing and Media Relations
Longtime owner and publisher of the award-winning GolfGetaways Magazine and Digital Network (www.playgolfgetaways.com), Darin is a multiple International Network of Golf Media Award winner for golf journalism. An avid hickory golfer, he has been in the golf-travel business for more than a decade, writing about golf courses and resorts around the world, from Bandon Dunes to the coast of Scotland to the plains of Kenya. In addition to creating and maintaining Pacific Gales’ website and social media channels, Darin will also be producing a documentary to chronicle the construction process as the golf course project comes to life over the next few years.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Dan Arroyo has competed on the Nationwide/Nike/Buy.com Tour as well as a variety of mini tours, winning four professional golf tournaments in his career and playing on more than 400 courses worldwide. He has served as a Project Assistant on the prestigious Southern Dunes private club in Arizona (a Fred Couples / Brian Curley course), Director of Membership at the Nicklaus Signature Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif., and Director of Sales & Marketing at David McLay Kidd-designed Stonebrae Country Club in the East Bay Area. Dan is currently the Director of Marketing & Partnerships for the University Club of San Francisco and a Board Member for PGA Tour standout Charley Hoffman’s charity foundation.
One of the true up-and-coming talents in golf journalism, Utah-based Brian Oar has photographed some of the game’s greatest — and most visually interesting — courses across the country, from North Carolina’s Tobacco Road to Trump National Los Angeles to Kukuiula on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. His photographs have appeared a variety of publications throughout the world, including Golfweek, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and GolfGetaways among others.