East Coast Golf Staff
Michael Buccerone, PGA – President
Graduate of Methodist University with BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management; Member of the PGA of America; Golfweek Magazine – “Top 40 Golf Executives under 40 Years Old” – 2002; Carolinas PGA Merchandiser of the Year – 2008; PGA National Merchandiser of the Year – 2008, “Top 100 Golf Shops”: Under Mikes leadership two golf course were named “Top 100 Golf Shops”. First, Wild Wing Plantation, SC and then The Broadmoor Golf Club, CO. In 2008, Mike was recognized as National Merchandiser of the Year – PGA of America in America. Mike is master at developing National Vendor Programs that benefit both golf club and other retail and business partners.
As Director of Golf for Grande Dunes for over 9 years, Mike was involved with the development and management of the upscale master – planned community located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Grande Dunes included championship golf courses (The Resort Club and Members Club), a tennis club, an ocean club with 800+ members, a 4 diamond hotel, a full service marina and commercial parcels within the community Mike oversees all club operations as the president of East Coast Golf.
Chuck Hutchinson, PGA – Vice-President
Chuck Hutchinson brings more than 15 years of experience in the golf industry to East Coast Golf Management. His expertise includes: golf course construction, golf course marketing and golf course management. Hutchinson’s 13 years as a Class A Member with the PGA includes experience serving as General Manager and Head Professional As Vice-President of East Coast Golf, Hutchinson’s main focus is to acquire marketing contracts, assist in the developmental stages of new courses, manage customer service programs and assisting in the growth of the Platinum Golf Membership service.
Dave Harbaugh, PGA – Director of Operations
Dave Harbaugh is a unique talent in the golf industry. You might say that Dave was born with a golf club in his hand. As the grandson of a golf course owner and the son of a golf course superintendent, it was only natural that the Norristown, Pennsylvania native would follow in their footsteps and find a home in the golf industry becoming a Class A PGA Golf Professional with a degree in business management from East Stroudsburg University.
As the Director of Operations at East Coast Golf Management, Dave brings more than 20 years of golf knowledge and leadership to better assist the needs of both golfers and the golf course owners. Dave is responsible for guiding East Coast Golf Management and their managed courses in all areas of operations and marketing.
Gina Gore – Director of Retail
Gina Gore is a Merchandising Consultant with East Coast Golf. She resides in southeastern NC with her husband and two children. Gina spent over twenty years as a professional buyer at multi course facilities in the Myrtle Beach area. The golf shops in which she served as Director of Retail were recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Golf Shops by Golf Digest Magazine many times. Gina maintains the Member Forum at East Coast Golf. She is in close contact with vendors so our golf course partners can receive information on margin building opportunities in an expeditious manner