Long-time Valley Resident Named Head of Sugarbush Resort Golf Club


Warren, VT (June 15, 2010)- Long-time Valley resident RJ Austin has been promoted to Director of Golf for the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club. The 42-year old has been a key member of the team that has been designing and implementing the course improvements over the last few years. Austin, who was introduced to golf by the club's very first pro, says the promotion is a special honor.

'I received my first playing lesson from Mike Busk, who was one of the club's first pros; I grew-up playing here. It's a unique thrill to now be running the course where I learned to play the game,' said Austin.

The father of two has deep connections to the Mad River Valley and Sugarbush. His family has been in the Valley for four generations and his father, Harold 'Hoover' Austin, was the mountain's ski patrol manager in the 1960s and 70s.

Austin takes over for outgoing pro Ron Philo. Jr., who was the 2006 PGA Pro Champion of the Year, spent the last three years mentoring Austin and sharing his knowledge and depth of understanding of the game.

'I'm really grateful for all Ron brought to Sugarbush and the knowledge he shared,' said Austin. 'We have a very experienced crew at the (golf) course and will continue to improve the playing experience both with course enhancements and playing programs.'

The Sugarbush Resort Golf Club has been undergoing significant revitalization efforts over the past seven years. A new irrigation system was installed when Summit Ventures originally purchased Sugarbush and most recently cart paths have been re-paved, tee boxes have been redesigned, new stone work constructed, and sight lines opened to take advantage of the sweeping views that surround the course.

Said Austin, 'This (golf) course epitomizes what makes Vermont special: boundless views and the spirit of fun.'