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<p>Florida club welcomes Nielsen as top chef</p>


Naples, Florida (July 30, 2018) – Audubon Country Club is pleased to welcome Richard H. Nielsen, Jr., CEC/PCIII as its newly appointed Executive Chef. Chef Nielsen will oversee all culinary operations, providing superior member dining experiences and creative menu selections for first-class member events.


With more than 25 years of experience, Chef Nielsen has held Executive Chef roles at prestigious Clubs, including Victoria National in Indiana, listed by Golf Digest as one of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses; Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket; and The Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, New York. Chef Nielsen graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and earned his Certified Executive Chef designation from the American Culinary Federation, widely regarded as the hallmark of professionalism in the culinary world. In 2008, Chef Nielsen received the prestigious Pro Chef III designation from the Culinary Institute of America.

Richard Nielsen, Jr. was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana and credits his passion for food to his grandmother’s love of gardening and cooking.

“We are excited to have Chef Nielsen lead Audubon’s culinary team,” said Michael Rodriguez, General Manager, Audubon Country Club.  “His creative talent and ability to deliver outstanding dining experiences will be a delight for our members.”

Audubon Country Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. For more information on Audubon Country Club, call 239-592-4000 or visit

About Audubon Country Club
Audubon Country Club is a private, gated golf community in Naples, Florida located only minutes away from the white sandy beaches and the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Club community has 410 homes spread over 755 acres, of which 59 percent of which is dedicated to natural preserves. Audubon is one of 800 communities in the entire world that have the honor of being a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 360 locations around the globe, including 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 35 states and 30 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International and Cliff Drysdale Management. There are currently 60 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 80 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Delaware; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Lofoten Links in Norway; and Mollymook Golf Club in Australia. For additional news and information, visit

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