Chef Mike oversees all of the culinary operations at Deerfield, which includes oversight of food in The Pub, all Dining Events, Weddings and the many social and corporate events throughout the year.
Prior to joining Deerfield, Chef Mike served as the Executive Chef at the Chester Valley Country Club for over 21 years. As part of his responsibilities, he oversaw and executed all food operations during the Bell Atlantic Classic , a week long Senior PGA Tour stop, for several years running. Before his tenure at the Chester Valley Country Club, he held several Sous Chef roles at the Spring Ford Country Club, Asheville Downtown City Club and Federated National. Chef Mike began his culinary career and fell in love with food at a lovely Italian restaurant near his hometown.
Born in Trenton New Jersey, Chef Mike enjoys fishing, crossword puzzles, and is an ALL sports enthusiast. Spending time with his kids Eddie and Maddie are a must. Vacationing at Lake Cayuga, NY has become a summertime tradition, in addition to his family’s beach house in Seaside Park, NJ.
John serves as the golf course superintendent at Deerfield Golf Club and oversees the maintenance, management, and operation of the golf course and clubhouse grounds.
Mr. Jacob is responsible for developing short and long term maintenance strategies and standards that encourage both healthy turfgrass and provide excellent daily playing conditions. These goals are achieved while improving the quality of the property through environmental stewardship. John Jacob is a Class A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and a member of the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superintendents.
Before joining Forewinds Hospitality John was the Assistant Superintendent at Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club under MBNA. While with MBNA, John led Deerfield to achieve the status of Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. As a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Deerfield demonstrated that it is committed to enhancing and protecting wildlife habitat and natural resources.
Prior to Deerfield Mr. Jacob had worked at Newark Country Club, University of Delaware, and Wilmington Country club. He has also volunteered for 4 major championships for the LPGA.
John is from Bear, Delaware and graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture. He also has a Certificate in Turfgrass Management from Penn State. He is married with a son and daughter.
Eileen oversees all financial activities at Deerfield as well as serves as support for Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Symrna, Delaware.
As a graduate of Widener University, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Eileen began her career as a Financial Controller at Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, Pennsylvania. A position she grew and developed for thirty years.
During that period, Eileen served as both a member and a board member on the Philadelphia Chapter of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.
As a resident of Newark, Eileen joined Deerfield in November 2017 and truly experienced the feeling of coming home. One of the many benefits of working at Deerfield is the opportunity to enhance the guest experience for those that work and live in her neighborhood and community.
One of Eileen’s greatest successes in life has been her marriage to Michael with whom she has raised Gillian and Michael. As a family they enjoy spending time with Diesel their Shetland Sheepdog Australian Shepard mix and warm sunny weather. Eileen is a parishioner at St Margaret of Scotland parish where she serves on the Golf Committee.
Golf Pro Shop Manager
Heather oversees the Pro Shop, Passholder Program and basic golf operations at Deerfield.
Prior to running the Golf Shop, Heather managed the Pub & Grille, Sunday brunches and all holiday events for the Club. She was also responsible for the food & beverage inventory and accounts receivable. In addition, Heather supported the sales team facilitating projects, filing, organizing and onboarding new and renewal golf members. Heather has worn many hats at Deerfield during her tenure at the Club.
Before joining Deerfield, Heather served in Front of the House management positions for Iron Hill Brewery, Border Café and Pat’s Pizzeria. She was responsible for hiring and training all staff, scheduling and all the day to day responsibilities of the restaurants. She is extremely goal oriented, and her drive to exceed guests’ expectations is unparalleled
Born and raised in Newark, Heather’s family and friends mean the world to her. Her favorite place to vacation is in the Massachusetts/Maine area where she hopes to one day have her own lake house.
Head Golf Professional
Michael oversees all golf instruction & operations for Deerfield.
Michael was born in Wilmington, Delaware and began to develop a love for the game of golf at a very young age. Michael attended Goldey-Beacom College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of science in Business Administration. During his tenure at Goldey, he lead the lightning with 29 NCAA victories, four conference championships and Goldeys first NCAA National Championship. His great play would see him inducted to both the CACC conference Hall of Fame and Goldey-Beacom’s Hall of Fame in 2016.
Michael’s professional career would see continued success in qualifying and playing in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional while also being a contestant on the Golf Channels BIG BREAK series at the Greenbrier. Michael began his career with the Eric MacCluen Golf Academy as Lead Staff Instructor and later accepted the assistant golf professional position at Hartefeld National. Michael’s passion for the game of golf has helped him become one of regions most notable professional’s for teaching, tournament operations and advancement of the game of Golf itself.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with his son, Aiden.
To book golf instruction with Michael, please call the Pro Shop at 302-368-6640 ext 3.
Director of Food & Beverage Operations
Wendy serves as the Director of Food & Beverage Operations for Deerfield, as well as support for Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Smyrna, DE and Jonathan’s Landing in, Magnolia, DE.
Wendy began her hospitality career in Pennsylvania but moved to San Francisco to further her culinary experience and education. During this time, she worked for premier dinner houses in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. Upon returning to the East Coast, she managed signature restaurants in Chester County, PA. As the Food & Beverage Manager for a boutique hotel on the Mainline of PA, Wendy led a successful team catering to corporate business clientele and numerous social events. During her tenure at the Lancaster Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, she facilitated food and beverage service for large volume conventions, the tourist industry, and local area events. Most recently, she developed service standards at Chester Valley Golf Club as the Director of Dining Services. Today, Wendy is thrilled to lead the Deerfield Food & Beverage team to new heights and to exceed all guest expectations!
Wendy resides in rural Lancaster County with her husband, Darrin, and their 4 big dogs. Scheherazade, Brunhilda, Sequoia and Ava Rowan enjoy country life and their swimming pool! Wendy has often been called a cross between the Pioneer Woman and Julia Child as her passion for food and beverage extends well beyond the work day. Prize possessions include a large professional smoker and grill. Wendy also enjoys traveling West and plans to retire one day in Wyoming.
Originally built by the DuPont Corporation for its employees in 1955, the club was called Louviers Country Club. In 1994 MBNA purchased the club from DuPont and built the new clubhouse ballroom and recreational building, renaming it Deerfield. In 2005 the state of Delaware acquired the 145-acre property to protect the land from development. The club is part of Delaware’s White Clay Creek State Park supervised by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation. Deerfield opened to the public for the first time in 51 years on April 14, 2006. This golf club is rich in history and has come a long way to be able to provide the services it offers today.
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