Santaluz Club Announces Jim MacDonough as New General Manager

The Santaluz Club has announced Jim MacDonough as its new general manager.
Aug. 5, 2010 - PRLog -- A changing of the guard is now taking place at The Santaluz Club, after nearly a decade of growth and quality member services at the private facility near Rancho Santa Fe.

The Santaluz Club, which showcases a 250-acre championship course designed by renowned architect Rees Jones, has announced Jim MacDonough as its new general manager. MacDonough is known throughout San Diego for his successes at the University Club Atop Symphony Tower and Morgan Run Resort. Most recently he was general manager of the private clubhouse at PGA West in La Quinta.

“Jim has an outstanding reputation in hospitality, improving services and programs wherever he goes,” said David O’Donoghue, regional VP of DMB Associates, Inc. “We are pleased to welcome him to The Santaluz Club, where membership sales have excelled and excitement is building for a new administration.”

According to Membership Director Kelly Collins, 40 Santaluz Golf Memberships have sold in the past seven months. The Club is currently offering limited time price reductions.

MacDonough assumes command from Gordon Carter, who has been general manager since 2001, when the Hacienda had just opened and the Clubhouse was still under construction.

“We wish a fond farewell to Gordon, who has had an important influence on The Santaluz Club’s formative years,” said Graham Anderson, Board Chairman. “The Santaluz Club is recognized as among the finest country clubs in Southern California, thanks to the dedication, commitment and vision of Santaluz’s leadership team, including Gordon as our first general manager.”

Currently living in Carmel Valley with his wife, Colleen, MacDonough has a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from San Diego State University. Prior to his Club positions, MacDonough spent several years in corporate management with Paragon Restaurants and was a managing partner at Donovan’s Steakhouse in La Jolla.

In addition to its private championship course, The Santaluz Club includes the numerous amenities of the 35,000-square-foot Santaluz Clubhouse and Spa, as well as the 19,000-square-foot Hacienda Santaluz.

The clubhouse features elegant dining in a casual, family-friendly setting, an award-winning golf shop, and amenity-rich men’s and ladies’ lounges. The clubhouse also includes the private Spa at Santaluz, which captivates the senses with gardens, dramatic water features and indoor/outdoor treatment rooms.

Adjoining a lush 11-acre Village Green, the Hacienda includes a casual coffee shop café and poolside grill; numerous outdoor lounging and conversation areas; a resort-like swimming pool; six tennis courts; fitness center and an indoor basketball court.

For information about Santaluz Club membership opportunities, call Kelly Collins at 858-759-3109. Memberships are limited, but members are not required to live within Santaluz. Corporate memberships are also available, however only a few remain.

Santaluz is a community of DMB Associates, Inc., and Taylor Morrison. Visit for information.

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