April 1, 2009–Golf legend Pete Dye twirled his golf course design magic three times at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. Sun Mountain, Snow Mountain, and The Wolf are Dye's only three Las Vegas golf courses, and each are worth the play on their own merits but when taken together at one resort present a very cool Las Vegas golf experience. And now the resort has added Las Vegas PGA of America member Greg Brockelman to the staff as head golf professional in addition to promoting Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort veteran Jason Cheney to general manager. Cheney has been with the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort for 12 years while Brockelman was formerly with Lake Las Vegas Resort.
According to a press release, the Cheney and Brockelman hires were made "In accordance with the resort's commitment to maintain its high level of management, customer relations, and golf operations and teaching offerings for which it is widely recognized." Cheney will oversee five departments, which comprise a staff totaling more than 200 employees. He is responsible for of all fiscal and operational goals on behalf of the three championship courses and 50,000-square-foot clubhouse. Additionally, Cheney serves as the daily Ambassador on behalf of the resort and ensures each guest receives personalized attention. Carrying a long and successful history, he formerly served as the resort's Director of Food and Beverage/ Clubhouse Manager where he supervised a staff of over 50 people, and integrated the food and beverage initiatives into the golfing experience. He effectively co-created special events, both golf and dining, which formed additional successful revenue streams, furthered public relations and secured added exposure of The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
Holding a degree in Education from Moorhead State University, Cheney, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, began his post-graduate career in the education field before switching to the hospitality industry. Coupled with his history at The Paiute, he brings over 15 years in the management of hospitality entities such as night clubs, resorts and high-end restaurants. Cheney is a member of both the Club Manager's Association of America and the Las Vegas Food & Beverage Director's Association, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Nevada.
As the new Head Golf Professional, Greg Brockelman–who brings a nearly 20 year history in the golf industry that crosses prominent golf clubs and destinations as far reaching as Westchester Country Club in the State of New York–is a PGA Member, and has resided in Las Vegas for more than 15 years. He will be the leader of the golf operations department, which incorporates a staff of more than 60 people, while serving as an Ambassador on behalf of The Paiute and the golf experience offered. He will be responsible for supervising and managing all golf operations, which integrates additional sub-departments including the Pro Shop, tournaments, player services, and golf instruction. Additionally, finding new and creative ways to offer golf instruction and optimize the retail center of the Pro Shop will be some of his highest priorities.
For six years in his previous position as Head Golf Professional and Clubhouse Manager for The Falls Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas, Brockelman directly supervised a staff of about 30 people and was responsible for P&L management of a multi-million dollar operating budget. He also was instrumental in conducting over 85 tournaments and golf events annually. Prior to this role, he served as the Golf Sales Manager at Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas for two years and was responsible for all sales and marketing efforts for the brand new facility. He also held positions as Golf Sales Manager with Callaway Golf Center in Las Vegas and as Assistant Golf Professional at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ, Alto Lakes Country Club in Alto, NM, Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, and Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY. Brockelman graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing, with a specific focus in Professional Golf Management.
The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is home to such prominent events as World Series of Golf, ESPN National Golf Challenge, James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Tournament, Golf's Greats – honors legendary golfers such as Hale Irwin, Johnny Miller, and Hubert Green, Fat Boy Open, Perini Green Weekend and several PGA Section events. The resort has also earned many PGA approved and industry recognized awards including the very coveted "4 ½ Stars" by Golf Digest – an award The Paiute has received since 1995; GolfWeek's "Best Resort Golf Courses,"; PGA Magazine's "One of the Best 27 Courses in the West," and "Best Playing Conditions in Southern Nevada" by Greenskeeper.org.
Founded by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort was the first master planned multi-course resort to be developed on Native American land in the United States. The Paiute offers three championship golf courses, facilities and catering for corporate events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and a full-scale clubhouse including an award-winning Pro Shop, restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, and smoking/cigar lounge. Recipient of the World Golf Hall of Fame (WGHOF) 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and 2008 inductee into the WGHOF, Pete Dye, is the creative force behind the design of Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain, and WOLF, currently the longest course in Nevada.