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Irwin to oversee Omni La Costa’s golf operations

CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 22, 2017) — Dustin Irwin, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry with experience with some of the finest brands and destinations in golf, has joined Omni La Costa Resort & Spa as Director of Golf Operations.

Irwin, 38, comes to Omni La Costa from Turnberry Isle in Miami, Fla., where he was Director of Golf and Membership since 2015. He will supervise all golf-related programs as well as the two 18-hole golf courses and golf staff.

Irwin, a Class A member of the PGA of America, has a diverse background that encompasses senior leadership positions in golf operations, sales, marketing, training, golf course maintenance, golf course construction and facility openings.

Irwin spent nearly 10 years with The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Hotel Corporation, focusing on property openings and the development and implementation of service programs at private, resort and mixed-use facilities. He served on the opening teams at six Ritz-Carlton properties, both domestic and international, from 2000 – 2009, including two private golf clubs and four golf resorts. Two of the resorts earned AAA Five Diamond status in the first year of operation. He was a multiple award-winner with The Ritz-Carlton and finalist for 2012 “Troon Golf Sales Professional of The Year.”

“Dustin’s expertise and previous success at world-class golf courses reinforces and enhances our resort’s dedication to golf,” said Gary Sims, managing director of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. “His ability to implement strategic, new golf programs at La Costa is essential to maintaining high quality standards and guest expectations. His knowledge is valuable and will help us further the rich tradition of golf at La Costa.”

Irwin also has worked with PGA TOUR events, including Accenture World Match Play Championships 2009 – 2011 at Dove Mountain in Tucson, and Hyundai Tournament of Champions 2012 – 2013 in Kapalua.

One of 11 Omni Golf resorts coast-to-coast, La Costa is recognized as one of the historic golf destinations in the country. Recent renovations have resulted in the resort now featuring two distinctive playing experiences that reflect La Costa’s rich golf tradition, 

The Champions Course, completed in November 2011, and the Legends Course, unveiled in November 2013, both embrace the integrity of the original Dick Wilson design while recapturing the property’s timeless appeal. The new courses are a result of innovative work by Pascuzzo & Pate Golf Course Design, who not only have added length, but enhanced the strategic values.

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