Planet Golf — 01 November 2017 by Jim Street
Hatfield named Gamble Sands GM
Orin Vincent, the Founder and Chairman of OB Sports Golf Management, announced on Wednesday that Brady Hatfield has been names as General Manager of Gamble Sands. Brady will oversee all golf operations, as well as The Inn at Gamble Sands and Danny Boy Bar and Grill.

“I can’t even begin to describe my excitement level at heading to such a once-in-a-lifetime property like Gamble Sands,” Brady told Vincent. “I’m equally excited to be re-joining OB Sports, where I started in the golf industry. I look forward to working with the entire OB team to build upon the strong foundation already in place at this amazing facility.”

Hatfield’s résumé and his unique experience with all aspects of operations – including golf operations, agronomy, food and beverage and lodging – make him the perfect leader for a diverse propertyGamble Sands, according to Vincent.

” Make no mistake – we are fortunate to have someone of Brady’s caliber lead us into an exciting future, and we are so pleased to have him back with OB Sports. Brady began his 25-year career in the golf industry at OB’s Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas in 1992. He also served stints as General Manager, Head Golf Professional and Golf Course Superintendent at OB’s Langdon Farms Golf Club in Portland, and at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club in Port Orchard, Wash.

A 23-year Class A member of the PGA, Hatfield most recently directed all resort golf operations, including maintenance and membership programming, at Suncadia Resort. He coordinated the opening of the Prospector course in 2004, and the RopeRider course in 2009, recording profit margin growth in each year since becoming a 36-hole facility. He was also selected to lead Rooms Division for 18 months, where he oversaw the front desk, bell services, housekeeping, property maintenance and property management teams.

And prior to Suncadia, he spent two years as General Manager and Golf Course Superintendent at Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club in Union, Wash. Under Hatfield’s watch, Alderbrook transitioned from a club environment to a viable business operation.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Brady and his wife of more than 20 years, Sarah, have two boys: Jackson, a college freshman, and Tyson, a high school sophomore. On behalf of Senior Vice President of Operations, Roger Aggson, and the entire OB Sports Family, we hope you will join us in giving Brady a warm welcome to Brewster.

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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