John Pershern
Head Golf Professional

After an extensive search and interview process, the Hobe Sound Golf Club Board of Governors is pleased to announce John Pershern as the Club’s new PGA Head Golf Professional. John will fill the position left by Tom Yeager, who served as the Club’s head professional since 2003 and sadly passed away earlier this year.


John’s combination of strong leadership, an “old school” approach to work ethic and quality standards, communication and teaching skills, and ability to innovate were some of the characteristics that set him apart from the 89 candidates that applied for the position. 


After growing up in Texas, John started his professional golf career in the early 1990s in Miami, Fla. He subsequently established himself in Michigan where he served in various positions for 25 years.  He was the Head Golf Professional at two upscale private clubs: Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills from 1999-2007 and at Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods from 2011-19. 


During his time in the Great Lakes State, he held several leadership roles with the Michigan PGA including time as the organization’s Vice President, Secretary, and on the Board of Directors. For five years he also served as Midwest Regional Director of the Association of Golf Merchandisers.


Wanting to return to Florida in 2020, John was most recently the Head Golf Professional at Bocaire Country Club in Boca Raton.  He and his wife, Kristen, own residences in Delray and Port St. Lucie but look forward to relocating in the Hobe Sound area.  Their two children are Jake, 22, and Jenna, 20, who is entering her senior year at Michigan State University.

“I am extremely excited to meet all the members and staff at Hobe Sound Golf Club,” said John.  “My desire is to make a long-term commitment to this well-respected, premier golf club.”


HSGC president Bob Kozik commended the work of the six-member Search Committee and PGA ExecuSearch and looks forward to John joining the HSGC team.  “I believe John’s experience, professionalism, and leadership skills will be valuable assets at Hobe Sound Golf Club.”


Golf Committee Chair Tom Schoonmaker added, “The Selection Committee represented our membership constituency well.  At times it was an emotional endeavor because of how we lost Tom Yeager this year.  We wanted to find someone who could carry on Tom’s legacy while continuing to propel HSGC forward and, at the same time, work well with and mentor our Golf Shop staff that has done such a tremendous job these last several months.  I believe we have found that person in John.  We ask all members to join us in welcoming him to Hobe Sound Golf Club.”

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