Dan Anderson at The Vintage Club.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRUCE FEAGLE
A move to the Coachella Valley in 2000 — when his wife began working at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert — instigated Chicago native Dan Anderson’s call to the former director of golf of The Vintage Club, which quickly hired him as an assistant golf professional. In 2005, he became the head pro at the elite residential community in Indian Wells.
He credits his longevity at the club to the membership, the employees, and the idyllic environment.
“Everyone’s here for the same common purpose,” Anderson says, “and that is to be the best there is. The Vintage Club employees are the best because they truly care about their jobs.”
Anderson began his journey to becoming a golf professional when he was 12 years old. He worked at a golf course until he was 20 and became a pro in 1994.
After “a grind” in Chicago, Anderson was happy to ease into The Vintage Club, which features two Tom Fazio–designed, 18-hole championship courses with no tee times; members can walk onto the course in minutes.
Club professionals coordinate play, organize tournaments, and run a comprehensive golf instruction program that assures peak performance for golfers at all levels. Anderson works at least six days a week during season, directing his staff of pros and assistants and interacting with members on the driving range.