Podley has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including 15 years at private clubs. He has been with Troon, The Dunes of Naples’ amenities management firm, for nearly 10 years. Podley comes to the Club at the Dunes from Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. where he was the clubhouse manager. Prior to his service at Troon Country Club, Podley oversaw clubhouse operations at The Club at Cordillera’s three distinct clubhouses in Vail Valley, Colo. During his tenure, Cordillera won Troon’s coveted “Facility of the Year” award.
Podley is a Certified Club Manager by the Club Management Association of America, a certified Level-1 Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Level-1 Cicerone beer certified and completed Troon’s rigorous and industry-leading LEADer program.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rob as the clubhouse general manager of The Club at the Dunes,” said Darrell Wilde, regional vice president, Troon. “His experience managing private clubs, keen eye for detail and passion for delivering the very best, will further enhance the member and resident experience at The Club at the Dunes.”
Podley is very familiar with Southwest Florida and the Naples area, having lived in the area for more than 30 years. Prior to making his way out west, he led the clubhouse operations at Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla. During his tenure, Colonial won Troon’s “Facility of the Year” award.
In 2019, The Dunes of Naples completed a $9.2 million Amenities Center renovation and expansion project. The new coastal-themed Amenities Center includes a new 25,000 square-foot clubhouse with the new Royal Palm Room restaurant; a new SandBar indoor/outdoor bar; and a flexible club room for events. In addition, the club’s new Tiki Bar is a popular poolside destination for residents and guests. As part of the renovation and expansion, the entire pool area was renovated and now includes fire pit tables and a lounge area in a new courtyard. The wellness and fitness center was also expanded, adding a group exercise room, two rooms dedicated to massages or physical therapy, a new tennis office and pro-shop and a new recreational game room equipped with pool table, ping pong tables and shuffle board.
The Dunes of Naples is comprised of seven high rise towers of high-end luxury condos and 40 luxury coach homes. Troon, the world’s largest golf and club management company, manages the food and beverage operation as well as the recreational amenities at The Dunes of Naples.
For more information on The Dunes of Naples, visit www.dunesofnaples.com or call (239)593-9680.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 475-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 475-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 43 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington; The Virginian in Bristol, Virginia; Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii; Lofoten Links in Gimsoysand, Norway; and The Els Club Dubai in United Arab Emirates. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.