Meet The Arrowood Team

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Meet The Arrowood Staff

We are blessed with a family of individuals dedicated to promoting our culture of community and excellence. Everyone from our Maintenance, Golf Operations, and Food and Beverage teams have one common purpose: to provide a memorable experience to bring our guests back time after time.

Tom Son, PGA

General Manager
tson@arrowoodgolf.com

Tom is the General Manager (GM) of Arrowood Golf Course. Before Tom became the GM in January 2018, he worked in the Investment Banking Industry as a Managing Director in Hong Kong and Korea from 1999 to 2016. Tom also served in the United States Army from 1994 to 1999, resigning as a Captain. Prior to his commission in the Army, Tom graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1994, graduated (Valedictorian) from Golf Academy of America (San Diego campus) in 2017 and became a PGA Member / CMAA Member in 2019. Tom is currently on the Board of Directors for SCPGA Section and San Diego Chapter. Tom, who is truly passionate about golf and is very excited to be at Arrowood, says “I will lead to make a positive impact at Arrowood so the guests’ experience will be one to remember.” He looks forward to meeting everyone in person and wishes everyone to have an excellent experience at Arrowood Golf Course.

Nikki Prichard, PGA

Assistant General Manager
nprichard@arrowoodgolf.com

Nikki has been playing golf since she was 11 years old, starting off driving around in the golf cart with her dad and grandpa on family vacations. When she was in her sophomore year of high school, she was offered a full ride to the University of Nevada, Reno, where she competed for all four years. After graduating, Nikki moved to Oceanside, a place near and dear to her heart, to pursue her dream of working in the golf industry and teaching the game. Her goal as an instructor is to grow the game of golf and to motivate her students to reach their full potential with unique drills, strategies and mental game techniques.

Greg Botti

Director of Business Development
gbotti@arrowoodgolf.com

From the bentgrass greens of the east coast to the ryegrass and zoysia found in the fairways here out west, Greg has over 25 years experience in the golf industry. Dating back to his college days as a Caddie Master and cart attendant, his travels have included managerial positions at top golfing resorts as well as stints as an instructor, tournament savant and as a clubfitter for some of the industry’s top golf club manufacturers. Over this time, Greg has conversed with thousands of golfers on a myriad of topics involving all things golf and has even written a thing or two on the subject.

Greg proudly serves as Arrowood’s proverbial Utility Club since 2014.

Mark Callahan, GCSAA

Golf Course Superintendent
mcallahan@arrowoodgolf.com

Mark is a Class A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) originally from Chicago, Illinois. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in the golf industry where he has done everything from washing golf cars as a high school student to managing multiple facilities as a regional golf course superintendent whose courses were simultaneously involved in major construction/renovation projects and were dedicated to producing high quality tournament conditions for PGA qualifiers and Pro-Am’s.

Mark started his career at the Golf Club of Illinois in the Chicagoland area where he rose through the ranks from greenskeeper/laborer to Golf Course Superintendent after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Science specializing in Turf Grass Management and Urban Forestry graduating Cum Laude and receiving special honors from the college of applied sciences. After spending nearly a decade at the Golf Club of Illinois and at one time working for Perry Dye (Dye Designs) son of famed Architect Pete Dye, Mark moved on to the Reno/Lake Tahoe area where he has been the golf course superintendent at Plumas Pines Golf Resort in Graeagle, CA for the past 25 years managing multiple courses for two of the previous owners of the golf course as they plunged into the fast growing golf industry.

Mark has experience with both cool season and warm season grasses as he has perfected bentgrass/poa annua greens and sodded or sprigged countless acres of fairways and tees with newer more drought and disease tolerant bermudagrasses to combat drought conditions and rising water prices. Highlights of his tenure at Plumas Pines included installing a 3.5 mile long 8-inch HDPE water pipeline in the historic Lundy Ditch to help conserve water and sustain the Pre-1914 water right owned by the golf resort and also receiving the 2021 “Superintendent of the Year” award by the Northern California section of the PGA for his contribution to the game, the section, and the PGA professionals.

Mark taught Turf Grass Management classes as an instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College for their 2-year golf course management degree. Many of his former students are now accomplished golf course superintendents, landscape professionals, and fertilizer salespersons in the region. Mark is passionate about educating his crew to better understand the importance of applying proper agronomic practices to the course while balancing the high demands for elite golf course playing conditions by the members and guests of the facility.

Mark and his trusted goose chasing Border Collie/Kelpie mix “River” are excited to have found paradise in the North County area at Arrowood Golf Course. Mark is dedicated to improving the aesthetics and playing conditions at Arrowood in his quest to have the course become the best conditioned golf course in the region. He is excited about the possibilities and room for improvement on such a beautiful and challenging layout. Mark plans on becoming very active in the So-Cal chapter of GCSAA where they are dedicated to improving the game of golf and enhancing the golf course superintendents role in the golf profession. Feel free to stop by and say hi to Mark and River on the golf course as they are always up for a good conversation about Arrowood and want to get to know the members and dedicated players that support such a beautiful golf course.

Aaron Castillo, PGA

Director of Golf
acastillo@arrowoodgolf.com

Aaron grew up in Ventura county where he was handed down the passion for golf from his grandpa who cut down clubs for him to use when he was very young. Aaron’s passion for the game grew and grew and he came to Arrowood having spent 15+ yrs in the retail management field, learning the ins and outs of the customer service industry. Now merging past experience with his current passion, Aaron has fully immersed himself in his new career and is a proud Class-A PGA member. Aaron is married to his wife Genavieve and they are local in the Oceanside community.

Sione Tuiono

Director of Food & Beverage
stuiono@arrowoodgolf.com

Sione grew up in Glendale, Utah He had a passion for cooking since he was a kid. Moved to Oceanside California summer of 2015. He Has been in the restaurant business for over 14 years. He came to Arrowood 3 years ago has a pizza cook and evolved into the kitchen Manager. Some of his goals is to own his own restaurant and become an executive chef. He loves spending his off time with his son Amu and his wife Naomi.

Will Thomas

Kitchen Manager
wthomas@arrowoodgolf.com

Born and raised in New Hampshire, spent most of my childhood playing school yard pick up games with my friends; baseball, basketball, football, kickball etc. It wasn’t until high school I started to play golf, after visiting my grandfather in Florida for Christmas. He took me out golfing for my first time and let me hit the ball a couple times, instantly fell in love with the game of golf. Upon returning from the vacation I immediately signed up for the high school golf team, played all throughout high school. After high school I took some time away from golf, started working full time and trying out other hobbies. After a few years around age 23 I picked up the clubs again and really began to rediscover my passion for golf. At age 26 I made the big decision to move to California with the support of my family and friends to pursue a career in golf. Once in California I attended Golf Academy of America in Carlsbad. I had so much fun at the school learning all the ins and outs of the golf industry. Upon graduation I started my career in golf with Arrowood Golf Course starting out as a food & beverage attendant while also working a couple of shifts in outside service. As I began to work in food & beverage and progress, I started to discover a passion for cooking and the service that comes with it. I have been blessed to work with Arrowood growing my knowledge of the golf industry. While discovering new passions along the way.

Patrick Gorman

First Assistant Golf Professional / PGA Associate
pgorman@arrowoodgolf.com

Golf has been a part of Patrick’s life since he was 5 years old. He played golf competitively and won events in all Junior, High school, and Collegiate level tournaments. Then continued working in all golf departments throughout his career in the industry. He started in the cart barn, then moved into the pro shop, and now currently managing all outside services while helping instruct with our Arrowood Academy. While he works full time, he still attends school part time, and is going through the process to become a PGA member. He has been a part of the Arrowood family since 2018 and is very proud to call Arrowood his home while starting his PGA career.

Kate Alter

Golf Shop Manager
kalter@arrowoodgolf.com

Kate hails from Metro Detroit, Michigan and has worked in the golf industry for over 8 years. She joined the Arrowood team in 2020 after she and her husband, a Naval Corpsman, moved aboard Camp Pendleton. She has been a member of the Association of Golf Merchandisers since 2014 and is currently enrolled in the AGM’s Certified Retail Manager Program, further growing her knowledge and experience in golf merchandising. Kate’s passion for fashion and knowledge of the industry have helped Arrowood rebrand its Golf Shop into what you know and love today!

Mike Duncan

Director of Golf Sales | PGA Associate
mduncan@arrowoodgolf.com

Meet Mike Duncan. Mike is our Director of Golf Sales and has been with us since January, 2018. Prior to that, Mike was a member. His love for golf, and 30+ year management experience, makes him a great asset to our team. Mike has been TPI Certified since 2017 and currently working toward his PGA credentials. He is a local resident here in the Arrowood Community. Him and his wife, Heather, have a blended family with 5 beautiful children. Mike is passionate about golf and our Oceanside community. If there is a question about tournaments and membership, Mike is the guy.

Christen Kemp

Director of Events
ckemp@arrowoodgolf.com

Christen is a native Southern Californian. Born and raised in Arcadia and attended College at Point Loma Nazarene University and never left Sunny San Diego. She has three daughters and loves watching them all play competitive Soccer. She loves the beach, traveling, running and being with her family. What she does best is likes to PARTY, planning and organizing that is. Contact Christen, she is ready to help you plan your next big event!

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