On the Course

John J. O’Keefe, CGCS
Director of Golf Course Management

After over 30 years at Preakness Hills John is considered the franchise player on the management team.  A Certified Golf Course Superintendent, John possesses irreproachable integrity and an exemplary work ethic.  He is a natural leader/coach/mentor who leads by example and is able to identify talent to build motivated teams that work well together.  John has mentored many of the areas's current golf course superintendents and is highly regarded for his extraordinary turf management knowledge as well as his professional acumen.  

In addition to consistently providing an exemplary product to our members and their guests, John has brought distinction to the club through awards and accolades from his peers as well as from the golf community.  John is past president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).   The GCSAA Board  consists of just nine golf course management professionals from around the country who represent over 25,000 association members in the US and abroad.  During his GCSAA board service, John has traveled throughout the world, including Europe and Asia, representing the game of golf and the highest standards in golf course management.  

John graduated with honors from Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMASS with a degree in Turf Management and Business Administration. Following college John accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent at Longshore Club Park in Westport, Connecticut  which is one of the most prestigious public golf courses in the country.  John  gained experience as Golf Course Superintendent at the historic Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, New York.  He and his wife reside in Wayne and have two grown married daughters and a grandson.

Awards and Distinctions

Sherwood A. Moore Award Recipient
The Sherwood A. Moore Award is presented by the Metropolitan GCSA to a golf course superintendent advancing the professional image, status and reputation of the golf course superintendent.

Golf Course Superintendents of Association of America (GCSAA) -Past President
He attained his certification status in 1987.
His committee service has included:
Certification Committee Chair
Chapter Leadership Institute
Career Development Committee Chair
Membership Committee
Assistant Superintendent Committee Chair
Industry Advisory Council Member

John's other professional affiliations and distinctions include:

PGA Honorary Lifetime Member
Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) Past President
GCSANJ Past President
Met GCSA Past President
Tri State Turf Grass Research Foundation Past President
Hudson Valley GCSA
Member of MGA Greens Committee
Faculty Member for Rutgers University, Cook College in Turfgrass Management
Member of Passiac County, New Jersey Agricultural Board
Board Member of Environmental Institute for Golf



ANTHONY ESPE
Assistant Superintendent

ANTE ROGIC
Assistant Superintendent

MIGUEL ORTEGA
Assistant Superintendent


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