Rhodes Alumnus Named Most Admired Golf Course Operator in the World
Publication Date: 9/3/2010
Golf Inc. magazine has named RJ Harper ’78, senior vice president of golf at Pebble Beach, the Most Admired Operator in the World for 2010. The magazine asked a panel of 50 judges, industry leaders and peers, to rank golf course operators based on “how well they have demonstrated consistent excellence in successfully directing operations at a golf course.” Harper was similarly honored in 2005, when Golf Inc. premiered the award.
Harper began his career at Pebble Beach as a course marshal in 1985. In 1988, he was made director of golf, and in the mid-1990s, became vice president, supervising all golf. Today, he oversees 220 employees and 180 caddies as senior vice president for golf for Pebble Beach, the Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course.
In 2000, Harper was inducted into the Rhodes Athletic Hall of Fame.