In July, Colorado’s newest 18-hole golf course, RainDance National Resort & Golf, will open to the public. In preparation for its July 12 unveiling, in early March The Water Valley Company introduced Chris Williamson as the Head PGA Golf Professional at RainDance National.
Chris will began his tenure at RainDance National on March 10 after most recently serving in the same capacity at the Eaton Country Club in Eaton, Colorado.
“I feel fortunate to have worked in a variety of contexts in the golf industry and am honored to join this family and bring those experiences to RainDance National and help introduce the world to this unbelievable property,” said Williamson.
Prior to holding the role as the head pro at the Eaton Country Club, Chris was an assistant at two Fort Collins country clubs - Ptarmigan Country Club and Fort Collins Country Club - and also spent many years with Ping Golf. He arrives at RainDance National with a vast knowledge of teaching, merchandising, tournament/league operations, and management skills. “I am thrilled to have Chris be the first Head Golf Professional at RainDance National,” said Matt Kantor, The Water Valley Company Director of Golf. “His skills, talents, and passion for the game as a PGA Professional will contribute immensely to the success of the new golf course.”
Chris has been a PGA Member for nine years and in 2020 became PGA Specialized in Teaching and Coaching, putting him in the top 5% of PGA Professionals in those fields. He has worked with hundreds of students the last few years from across Northern Colorado.
“Golf is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. I work hard to try and keep things simple and personalized for all types of players, helping everyone take their next step in this great game of golf.”
Originally from Iowa, Chris and his wife Rachel have come to love Northern Colorado over the last decade. When free time allows, they can be found outdoors and usually are headed to explore the beauty of this region with their two children.
Matt Kantor, the former 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, has accepted the role as the Director of Golf for The Water Valley Company in Windsor in February 2022. He oversees golf operations at both RainDance National and Pelican Lakes Resort & Golf.
Matt arrives at The Water Valley Company with a wealth of golf leadership experience and genuine passion for the game. He also brings an extensive instructional and operational knowledge to the club.
"My passion is growing the game of golf, especially junior golf," said the native of Julesburg, Colorado. "Junior camps and the PGA Junior League have provided me with great joy throughout my career."
Matt began his career at Ptarmigan in 2008 as an outside service attendant and worked his way up to 1st Assistant Golf Professional in 2016. During his tenure he facilitated over 50-plus tournaments per year, operated men's, ladies, junior and couples leagues and developed a junior program that drastically increased in participation year after year.
Matt and wife Miranda have three daughters - Taylor (18), Reece (16) and Jordyn (15). Miranda is an Instructional Coach and Academic Interventionist for the Thompson School District and played golf for the University of Wyoming. Their daughters are also avid players.
In the spring of 2021, Taylor and Reece were members of the Class 5A state champion Loveland High School girls' team and Matt was their assistant coach.
Harrison Minchew (left) is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and has designed over 150 courses around the world. Previously Minchew worked with the Arnold Palmer Design Company for more than 25 years and credits Palmer as a great influence and mentor. His design at the K Club in Kildare, Ireland played host to the world’s best at the 2006 Ryder Cup.
After playing college golf for the University of Maryland, Fred Funk (right) turned professional in 1981 and then worked as the UM golf coach from 1982 to 1988. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1989 and picked up 8 wins including the 2005 Players Championship in his hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In 2006 he joined the Champions Tour and has won 9 times including three major championships. Throughout his career he has collected 29 professional wins and was a member of the US Ryder Cup Team in 2004.