MONTVALE, NEW JERSEY (December 8, 1997). -- Andy Dolce, President & Chief Executive Officer of Dolce International, has announced the appointment of Dave Elmendorf as Dolce International Director of Golf. He will coordinate the golf programs at the five Dolce International conference resorts featuring golf -- Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach, Oregon; Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington; Heritage Inn in Southbury, Connecticut; Lakeway Inn in Austin, Texas; and Hôtel de Frégate in the south of France. In addition, Elmendorf will participate in the planning and development of new conference resorts with golf currently under review by Dolce International.
Elmendorf, a former All-Pro defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams, spent ten years as a general manager for American Golf Corporation, the world’s largest golf course management firm. He served as General Manager of Bear Creek Golf World, the 54-hole “flagship” of American Golf’s public facilities in Houston, Texas as well as three of American Golf’s country clubs. One of the country clubs, Sugar Creek in Sugarland, Texas, features 27 holes designed by renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones.
Explains Dolce, “In many of the key markets we are targeting -- Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona -- golf will be a key component of the Dolce International conference resort experience. Our existing resort properties are already realizing an increased interest in golf from senior management meetings and sales incentive meetings. These types of groups generally seek teambuilding, recreational and networking opportunities. Golf satisfies all of those needs. Dave’s experience and knowledge will not only offer Dolce International guests a seamless transition from conference room to golf course, but will provide championship golf experiences at future Dolce International conference resorts.”
Initially, Elmendorf will focus on the repositioning of the golf program at the Heritage Inn in Southbury, Connecticut. The newly formed limited partnership, Dolce/AEW, L.P., recently purchased the property and its adjacent Pomperaug Golf Club.
Elmendorf completed his collegiate studies at Texas A&M University, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the College of Economics. He was also selected as an All-American in football and baseball. Chosen in both baseball and football drafts, Elmendorf chose the Los Angeles Rams over the New York Yankees where he finished an All-Pro career in the Super Bowl of 1980. This month, he will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony in New York City.
Dolce International is the only global conference center management company, managing ten conference hotels, conference resorts and private/corporate centers in the United States, Canada and Europe.