The People of Bobby Jones Links
Meet Orlando Rodriguez | Grand Slam Academy Assistant Golf Professional | Bobby Jones Golf Course
1. How long have you worked with Bobby Jones Links?
I’ve been employed with Bobby Jones Links since August of 2018.
2. Where did you grow up? Tell us about it.
I was born and raised in New Haven, CT. It’s one of the largest populated cities in Connecticut well known for its history of pizza and the hamburger. By the way, Yale University and University of New Haven are also renowned educational institutions there.
3. What are your passions outside of work?
Outside of planning events with my family; I enjoy learning and playing the guitar, music and reading.
4. Why golf for a second career?
The interest grew into a passion as I continued to pursue the game. I’m intrigued of with history of the game and of course the greats who have played the game.
5. Who inspires you in your life and why?
There have been many inspirational people throughout my life. It depends on the period of my life. As a child (8-15 years of age), I would say figures in baseball such as Roberto Clemente breaking barriers in MLB. I read his auto biography and the struggles he endured to achieve his goals inspired me. Martin Luther King of course is an inspiration for his courage to make a change in the world without provoking violence. Those are the two that standout most.
6. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?
I parachuted out of a perfectly operational aircraft!
7. You’ve been with Bobby Jones Links for just a long time. What has stood out about your experience with them?
I really enjoy working with highly motivated people with similar goals to make Bobby Jones Links successful.
8. What is your favorite movie? Why?
One of my favorite movies is Forrest Gump. Even though it’s fictional, I liked that our U.S. history was used. The events may have not been portrayed accurately, but it was funny and somewhat educational. Very funny!
9. If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
To fly. Just to be able to soar anywhere you want high into the sky!
10. What’s still on your bucket list?
I want to do lots of traveling with my family and ride my Harley Davidson cross country!
The principals of Bobby Jones Links own the company - we are not driven by investor expectations or private equity pressure. The benefit to you is happier associates and long-term thinking.
As a result, we don’t leverage our operational leadership across too many clubs. And unlike many companies in our business, we don’t require long-term management agreements with large breakup fees. If you like what we do, you’ll keep us. For more than two decades our clients have renewed our management services more than any other company.