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The Team

The New Berlin Hills team is compromised of dedicated professionals who are passionate about their careers. They are continuously growing as individuals and as a team is one of the best in the industry.

 

John Rader, General Manager

John also serves as Troon Golf Management's Regional VP of Operations and oversees operations of clubs in Racine, and Rhinelander. John worked at New Berlin Hills from 1995-2014. He really enjoys the relationships built and daily interaction with all our guests. John is married to Julie who works for Masterlock as the VP of HR. He enjoys watching both kids, Eden (15) play Basketball and Softball and his son Ethan (18) play Football at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Ethan will play football for UW-Platteville in the fall. ‚Äč

Wendy Hafemann, Food & Beverage Director

Wendy comes from a vast background in customer Food and Beverage service. She was previously the General Manager of Food and Beverage Operations at Windwood of Watertown golf courses. Following that, Wendy served as General Manager for various restaurants in Wisconsin since 2011. Wendy has joined our team in 2018 to help continue to grow our Food and Beverage department. Wendy enjoys having a good time at work and making people happy. She is consistently coming up with new and exciting ideas to keep up with trends and customer demands. When she is not at the office, she enjoys working in her yard or finding a new home improvement project to take on. Her dream is to one day have enough land that she could start her own animal recuse sanctuary. Make sure to stop in and say hi!

Chad Kirchen, Superintendent

Chad has been a part of the New Berlin Hills team for nine years. He officially moved into the role of Superintendent in 2019 and is excited to have a course of his own and make wonderful improvements on the course. He takes great pride in maintaining the golf course making for an optimal playing experience. He received his Bachelor's degree in Social Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Shortly after, he went on to receive an advanced certification in Turf Grass Management from Penn State University. After spending days on the course, Chad continues enjoying outdoor activities, including landscape design and hunting. He has also coached wrestling for eight years.

Drake Schilz, Director Of Instruction/Head Golf Professional

Drake has been a valuable member of the New Berlin Hills team since 2012. Initially hired as a cart attendant working outside operations, Drake demonstrated interest and value and after two seasons moved into the role of a golf shop assistant. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay prior to becoming a full-time Assistant Golf Professional. He has a vast knowledge of the golf swing and equipment and is continuously growing in his career path. Away from the course, Drake stays active with running, cycling, and hiking and is a loyal Packer, Tar Heel, and Tiger Woods fan.

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