PGA DIRECTOR OF GOLF OPERATIONS
Rick Howles was raised in Ortonville, Michigan. At Brandon High School in 1986, he was named to the All-State Golf team by the Michigan State High School Athletic Association. After high school, Rick attended Oakland University where he played on the golf team and earned his degree in Business Management. In 1992, while representing the Oakland Team, Rick was named the Most Valuable Player by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Rick’s P.G.A. apprenticeship began at Atlas Valley C.C. where he was first introduced to instruction. From that point Rick worked his way to becoming the Assistant Professional at Indianwood Golf & C.C., a Wilfred Reid design that has hosted many major championships. During his 8 year tenure at Indiawood Rick held titles such as: Assistant Professional, Director of Instruction & Head Golf Professional. In 2004, Rick became the Director of Golf Operations at Wabeek Country Club.
Recently Rick decided to return home and join our team here at Atlas Valley as our Director of Golf Operations. Rick has set out to run a professional, full-service operation where both members and guests can fully enjoy themselves. Rick also has a passion to help players improve their golf games. He offers 28 years of teaching experience to players of all levels. He has studied and taken lessons from the likes of: Jim McLean, Rick Smith, Hank Haney & Scott Hamilton. Rick utilizes the V-1 teaching software providing detailed video analysis of the swing.
Contact him with any questions you may have regarding the 2021 season!