HENDERSON — The Henderson Country Club has a new general manager.
In July, 2020, the club engaged the Bobby Jones Links Group to manage the club, ending the services of Robert Mueller, who had served as general manager for about two years.
This week, Bobby Jones Links, an Atlanta based club management company, brought in Paul Martino as general manager. He follows two short-term managers the company provided.
Martino assumed his duties on Monday.
“On day four, I don’t know any changes we’ll make,” he told The Daily Dispatch. “I’m trying to take it all in.”
Martino, 54, brings 31 years of experience to the job. For the past 17 years, he was director of golf and general manager for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove, a 54-hole club in Mobile, Alabama.
Prior to that, he served the same functions for five years at RTJ Golf Trail at Highland Oak in Dothan, Alabama.
He began his career at Shipyard Golf Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he spent nine years as “events/membership/golf pro.”
Martino grew up in West Virginia, but he has established ties to the South. His sister is a nurse in Durham. And he has spent his career in South Carolina and Alabama.
His wife, Melissa, is a preschool teacher in Mobile. She is staying there until school is out, Martino said, and “selling the house.” He added that they will wait until she joins him here before deciding where they will live.
He and Melissa have two children, a 22-year-old son and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman at Auburn University, majoring in journalism.
Martino emphasized his role as supporting the club’s Board of Directors. “I’m here to serve them and advise them the best I can,” he said.
He was quick to point out that, although the Bobby Jones Links Group is providing management services, the members own the club. The measure of success he achieves as general manager will be defined by what the members see as success, he said.
One test of success he has already set down. “I want every member who walks through the door to be proud of the club,” he said.