Mike Downing - Head Golf Professional
Mike Downing is from the greater Quad Cities area where he played collegiate golf at Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University. The son of a golf professional, Mike has over 25 years of experience in the golf industry. Mike has worked at some of the most prestigious clubs in the country where he has been mentored by the best in the business. Recently, he just moved back from North Carolina where he was the Director of Golf at Statesville Country Club for 3 years and before that, the Head Golf Professional at Linville Ridge Country Club for 5 years.
Contact Mike at (309) 755-1044 or MDowningPGA@shorthillscc.com.
Tim Gravert - Grounds Superintendent
With 18 years of experience in the golf course management industry Tim Gravert is now in his 7th season as our Golf Course Superintendent. He grew up 45 min North of the Quad Cities and after high school went to Kishwaukee College and got his Bachelors of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in Turfgrass Management. After graduation he accepted a job offer as an assistant on the five courses (Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green) at Bethpage State Park in New York. After 3 years as an assistant he was put in charge of the Black Course three years prior to the 2009 U.S. Open Championship. After a successful Open he came back to the Midwest and landed at Short Hills in the spring of 2010. He is a Class A Superintendent with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and is currently serving his second term as President of the Northwest Illinois Golf Course Superintendents Association.