Karen Peek is the Director of Golf Operations for Golf Detroit. In partnership with the City of Detroit Recreation Department, Karen is tasked with restoring the vibrancy and viability of the City’s golf courses.
As a native Detroiter, her life and work are deeply rooted in the community. She spent 15 years working with American Golf Corporation in Detroit as a Manager, Regional Manager and Regional Director. Under her leadership, the Great Lakes region grew from 7 to 15 courses and enjoyed record breaking growth in rounds while dramatically improving course conditions. She is a Class A Member of the LPGA Teacher and Club Pro Division and an honoree at the 1993 Women In Golf Summit.
Karen is not only a proven leader, but also a pioneer. Karen was the first black member of the Michigan LPGA, and the only black member of the national LPGCA T&CP Division at that time.
Karen believes operational excellence on all levels is the key to success. Course conditions, customer service and fiscal responsibility must blend together on a consistent basis.
Karen holds a BA in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Shannon Blake had an early introduction to the golf industry. Her parents were a part of the ownership group for the Oasis Golf Center. In the 1980’s, Oasis was the epicenter for golf in the metropolitan Detroit area. The facility featured an 18-hole par three, two-tier driving range, pro shop, batting cages and the first golf dome in the State of Michigan, making it a thriving year-round operation. Shannon immersed herself in every aspect of the business developing a passion for and expertise in operational excellence.
In 1995, Shannon was hired by American Golf Corporation as a Manager In Training (MIT). This position was a fast track platform during a period of dynamic growth for the company designed to hire talented individuals and prepare them to transition as managers in newly acquired courses. Shannon enjoyed a successful 18-year career with American Golf Corporation. She managed Rackham Golf Course, Hilltop Golf Club in Plymouth Township, and The Woodlands of Van Buren Golf Club.
Shannon distinguished herself as a merchandising expert and her experience was sought for a number of new golf shop layouts. Shannon also delivered outstanding results in her food and beverage department including grill room, catering and outing sales.
We would like to introduce our recent addition to the Rouge Park staff. Rosie is a an Australian Shepherd, often known simply as an “Aussie”, and will be a familiar site around the golf course.
Aussies have been valued for their versatility and trainability. They have earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, Aussies have considerable energy and drive and usually need a job to keep them occupied.
We look forward to watching her grow as part of the Rouge Park team.