Director of Golf Operations


Chris Sykes

Believer and blessed with a beautiful wife and three wonderful children

Wife of 25 years, Necole

Father of 3 wonderful children, Mary Grace and Lucas are 22-year old twins who are both Seniors in College, and Palmer is 15 and a Freshman at Webb School of Knoxville

Golfer, Coach, Fitness Enthusiast and Passionate about Tellico Village Golf

B.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences with an Emphasis on Turfgrass Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) – GO HOKIES!

Virginia Tech Golf Team

President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and received J. Edward Zollinger Leadership Award Recipient

Tennessee Turfgrass Association Board of Directors – Acting Secretary-Treasurer

Tellico Village Director of Golf from February 2020 – Present

Golf Course Superintendent at Toqua Golf Club in Loudon, TN from April 2011 – January 2020

John Deere Golf from January 2009 – March 2011

Senior Director of Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance at Orange Lake Resort and Country Club in Kissimmee, FL from January 2004 – August 2008 (Challenged with creating new department and in-house team to turn around declining property. Responsible for management of all four golf facilities encompassing 1400 acres, water works system, aquatic maintenance and equipment maintenance)

Golf Course Superintendent at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, TN from November 1997 – December 2003 (One of Tennessee’s most prestigious private country clubs with a Donald Ross Golf Course established in 1920)

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN from May 1995 – October 1997(#1 ranked golf course in the state of Tennessee, Pete Dye Golf Course established in 1983 – Host of the 1991 United States Amateur, 1994 Curtis Cup, and multiple NCAA Championships)


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