BREC Hires PGA Master Professional as Director of GolfBaton Rouge, LA—
The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) welcomes Michael Raby as the new Director of Golf. Raby, who is a PGA Master Professional has strong ties to south Louisiana and worked in the New Orleans area for nine years; eight at City Park and four at Metairie Country Club.
Most recently, Raby was the General Manager and Head Professional of the Cleveland Metroparks golf operations where he has worked since 1998. Cleveland Metroparks operates eight golf courses which offer 144 holes of golf and four driving ranges, which is similar to the BREC system with its seven golf courses and three driving ranges.
“I am thrilled that Michael Raby is taking over the leadership of the BREC golf system at this critical time,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “We are about to create a 10-year strategic plan and I believe he is the right person to create a strong, comprehensive plan that will honestly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the golf operation and lay out a plan of action to bring it to another level. He is responsible for introducing some exciting, innovative programming to the courses in Cleveland and I’m looking forward to seeing the same thing here
Raby is 49-years old. His wife, Karla, is from south Louisiana and they have a teenage son. Since they have been in Cleveland, the family has made regular trips to the Baton Rouge area, trips in which Raby regularly played BREC golf courses.
“Michael is a strong leader who understands how municipal golf systems operate and how they add value to a community. He also has a business background and believes that golf must be operated as a business rather than as a park amenity,” said McKnight.
Raby graduated from Cleveland State University with a B.A. in Economics. He minored in Political Science. He has been a PGA professional since 1995.
It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.