• Al Castro, General Manager/COO
    • Al Castro, CCM. General Manager/Chief Operating Officer

      Email: alcastro@traditiongc.com

      Al joined Tradition Golf Club in January 2017 as General Manager & Chief Operating Officer, prior to joining Tradition, he held the position of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, his career spans over 35 years in the Hospitality industry including working in restaurants, luxury hotels and private country clubs. He earned the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation from the Club Manager’s Association of America and is also a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

      Al and his wife Cary live in La Quinta; they have been married 36 years and have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan.

  • Ty Broadhead, Golf Course Superintendent
    • Ty Broadhead, Golf Course Superintendent

      Email: TyBroadhead@TraditionGC.com

      Ty has lived in the desert for 35 years and has been surrounded by golf courses. His love for growing things began at an early age. He helped his mother care for the indoor plants and his father outdoors. He remembers his father’s experiments (struggles) with Dichondra and St. Augustine lawns, and taking care of the azaleas and Camellia bushes while living in the Pasadena area. Growing up here in the desert, Ty was an athletic star at Indio High School playing Football, Basketball and Baseball; it was after his return from a two-year religious mission to London, England, that he decided to become a Golf Course Superintendent. He attended California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Horticulture.

      Ty has 25 plus years as a Superintendent. He began his career with a humble beginning as the Superintendent of Ivey Ranch Country Club on the I-10 corridor; he progressed to Desert Island Country Club (Rancho Mirage), The Lakes Country Club (Palm Desert), and La Quinta Country Club (La Quinta) before joining Tradition in 2002. Ty is active in the community and has served in many capacities. He has served as a board member and past president of the Hi-Lo Desert Golf Course Superintendents’ Association. He is also a member of the national Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSAA). He has served as treasurer of the La Quinta sports and youth association and coached for many years. He has served as a scoutmaster, and served in leadership capacities for the Boy Scouts of America, and is a Eagle scout.

      Ty has been married for 29 years to his wife, Denice and they have four sons. He is very involved in his boys’ lives and their activities. Ty and Denice serve on the La Quinta high school wrestling booster board and are also involved with the basketball boosters.

  • Jerry Hixson, Director of Golf
    • Jerry Hixson, Director of Golf

      Email: JerryHixson@TraditionGC.com

      Jerry is a Southern California native growing up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. From a young age, Jerry grew up learning and loving the game of golf with his father and grandfather. After high school, Jerry moved to San Diego to attend the San Diego Golf Academy. Following completion, he spent the next 14 years in the private country club setting. During his time at La Jolla Country Club, Jerry was a successful manager and greatly respected for his private and group instruction. Jerry is a Certified Instructor by the PGA, as well as a certified Flightscope Instructor.

      During his time as Head Professional at Pauma Valley Country Club he introduce the club to the latest in golf operations technology. Jerry created new programs that enhanced the clubs image and motivated the Professional Staff.  Jerry remains a competitive player through the PGA Section and Chapter.  He has represented the SDPGA as a top ten player in the chapter.

      When Jerry isn’t at the club he is spending time with his family. His wife Melodie is also a Southern California native with a background in Sports Medicine and currently is a Pilates Instructor. She also gives the pro a run for his money on the golf course. They have two young children son Luke (5) and daughter Laine (2).

  • Heidi Risk, VP Finance/Administration
    • Heidi Risk, VP Finance/CFO

      Email: HeidiRisk@TraditionGC.com

      Heidi has spent her career building successful organizations by focusing on the details. Those details include graduating with her Masters of Accounting from Utah State University summa cum laude before starting her career in public accounting. Heidi knew that she wanted to work in industry and followed the long-honored tradition of attrition; she spent the next eight years in the construction supplies distribution industry before moving to the construction industry. During her tenure, her company grew over 350 percent to become the 37th largest landscaping company in the United States; Heidi supported this growth by focusing on controlling overhead costs, improving cost reporting techniques,and identifying industry benchmarks to measure operational performance.

      Heidi joined Tradition Golf Club as CFO in 2009. By counseling together with members, management and staff, she believes that the Tradition experience can be magnified and invigorated. Her management style can best be described by a quote of Ronald Reagan: "There's no limit to what you can do or where you can go if you don't care who gets the credit."

      When she's not in the office, Heidi spends her time with husband, DJ, and four children: Reagan, Tre', Madison, and Joshua. As a family, they frequent water polo and wrestling matches, football and basketball games; they are also inveterate readers. They've been known to do a few science fair projects (31 to date). Heidi and her family also love to scuba dive; their goal as a family is to complete a shark dive together.
  • Jose Sanchez, Executive Chef
    • Jose Sanchez, Executive Chef

      Email: ChefSanchez@TraditionGC.com

      José Sanchez is the Executive Chef at Tradition Golf Club. Chef Sanchez oversees all culinary operations at Tradition including clubhouse dining, the Coyote Café, golf tournaments and special events. Chef is grateful for the opportunity to display his culinary talents here at Tradition Golf Club; a club he considers one of the best in the country.

      Chef’s love affair with the kitchen and cooking dates back to his early childhood years at the family farm in southern Mexico. He was inspired by his grandmother and mother’s fresh organic cooking and was fortunate to experience a very unique opportunity, farming and growing organic food that includes all meats, poultry, legumes and vegetables. Over the years Chef built on his culinary background to develop a distinctive cooking style that he describes as a fresh approach to California cuisine using organic ingredients.

      Chef is no stranger to the golf club scene. In fact, in his 32 years in the culinary field in the U.S., he has had the opportunity to work at some of the most exclusive clubs in the country such as Maidstone Club in East Hampton, New York, National Golf Links in Southampton, NY, Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, CA, the Preserve Golf Club in Carmel Valley, CA and most recently spent a summer working for Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester, NY.

      Chef is a certified Culinary Manager through the American Culinary Federation, in which he remains active to seek inspiration from and maintain his continuing education. Chef lives in La Quinta. In his time away from work he enjoys playing golf, cooking for family and friends.

  • Rebecca Shaughnessy, Director of Fitness
    • Rebecca Shaughnessy, Director of Fitness

      Email: Rebecca@TraditionGC.com

      Rebecca has been exposed to multiple comprehensive training philosophies, disciplines & sports that she has integrated & evolved into her personal lifestyle.  Her holistic approach to diet & nutrition is based upon creating vitality & longevity to maintain the lifestyle that she wants to pursue. Rebecca strives to seek new avenues in order to enrich her education & teaching.

      Rebecca’s philosophy focuses on proper mechanical range of motion, core & joint stabilization & being functionally adapted to one’s personal lifestyle.  Her passion is to help you achieve your short-term fitness/health & holistic nutrition goals and long-term lifestyle changes.

          Personal Interests & Activities:

       ·         Collegiate softball athlete along with competitive soccer, beach volleyball, mountain biking, trail running, surfing, sky diving, horseback riding, & back-packing
       ·         Trained in Boxing/Kickboxing under Dino Spencer at the World Famous 5th St. Gym in South Beach, Miami
       ·         Adventure racing, triathlons, & national level figure competitor Rock climbing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, & skiing

  • Tesha Vann, Membership Director
    • Tesha Vann, Membership Director

      Email:  TeshaVann@TraditionGC.com

      Tesha joined the team at The Tradition Golf Club in October 2017.

      Originally from the upper Midwest, Tesha graduated from the University of Minnesota. After graduation she worked in corporate recruiting for a storage networking company. During a visit to the desert, her mom introduced her to a ‘nice guy’ named Ben and the rest as they say, is history.

      Upon moving to the desert in 2004, Tesha worked as the Membership Director at La Quinta Country Club. Following LQCC, she served as Development Director for Olive Crest, a charitable organization which provides homes and services for abused and neglected children. She also wrote and published two children’s books.

      Tesha has three daughters, Kenzie (8), Ashlynn (3) and Brynlee (3).