StoneWater Country Club Pro Staff

Grand Rapids Golf Pro Staff

Joe Hatch, Golf Professional

Joe Hatch grew up on his great grandfathers’ farm in rural Ida, Michigan. Joe was a three sport athlete in high school and post-graduation, decided to attend Ferris State University located in Big Rapids, MI. Joe graduated #1 in his class with a major in Professional Golf Management Program. Joe practiced with FSU’s Bulldogs Men’s Division II Golf Team during his time at Ferris. He has been a PGA class A professional member since December 2010.

Joe has been a PGA member in the Wisconsin section for the last seven years. During his time in Wisconsin, Joe worked at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, Wisconsin and was most recently the head golf professional at Stevens Point Country Club in Wisconsin. Joe successfully owned and managed the merchandising concession as his own business while at Stevens Point.

Joe is a passionate golf professional who is committed to excellence in all aspects of a golf operation. Joe believes organizing and conducting popular club programs is a keystone to having a successful golf operation. His experience includes organizing and executing programs including junior golf, men’s and women’s organizations, creative instructional clinics, and all types of member tournaments.

Joe has been mentored by a number of top 100 teachers.  As a result, his teaching is centered on an effective individualized golf swing for each student. He believes that like a fingerprint we all have our own unique golf swing that defines us. The golf hall of fame is filled with many different swings that are effective. Joe stays current with the latest in teaching technologies and uses video equipment for swing analysis with all of his students. Dedicated and outgoing, Joe strives to help his students reach their maximum potential and considers their successes his goal.

The passion and respect Joe has for his career can easily be seen as you encounter him. Joe is prideful and truly enjoys his work. George Allen once said, “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” This quote resonates with Joe as continues to enhance himself personally and professionally each year in his pursuit of perfection.

Please contact Joe with any questions or thoughts at jhatch@stonewatercc.com.

 

Cole Meinke, Lead Assistant Golf Professional

After graduating from the Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University in 2013, Cole worked at Loon Golf Resort of Northern Michigan and Desert Willow Golf Resort in sunny Southern California. Cole was then a certified golf instructor at GolfTEC in the greater Chicago area before accepting a position at Cascade Hills Country Club, which brought him back to his local West Michigan roots.

In 2018, Cole joined the StoneWater Country Club team as the Lead Assistant Professional.

Please introduce yourself the next time you see him in the shop, or contact Cole with any questions or thoughts at cmeinke@stonewatercc.com.