Golf & Grounds
Jimmy Doyle has faithfully served the membership of the club since 1998. He continues to look for ways to provide the membership with opportunities to sample and test the latest and greatest equipment and merchandise in the golf shop. He is a competent and certified club fitter with Ping, Titleist and Callaway golf equipment. Though he loves to play and Manage the golf side of the facility, Jimmy’s true passion when it comes to the golf business is teaching. Jimmy comes from a family of educators and truly believes constant improvement for himself as a teacher, translates into improvement for his students. To this end continuing education in various PGA seminars and programs are a very important part of his activities. Jimmy’s ultimate goal is to create the best possible golf experience for each and every West Hills Member.
Professional Bio: Jim Doyle – Class A PGA Professional
1998 – Elected to Class A PGA Status
1998-2002 – Served as Assistant Golf Professional at the Club
2003 – Present – Served Membership as Head Golf Professional at the club
Winner – Otterkill Pro Am – Otterkill Country Club
Winner – United Way Pro Am – Grossingers Golf and CC
Winner – Ping Golf – 2007 Club Fitter of the year
2nd Place – OCGC Pro Am
Prior to joining WHCC, Michael was the Senior Assistant Superintendent and Construction Project Manager at The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Prior to Saint Andrews, Michael was the Project Manager / Irrigation Technician at Beekman Country Club where he was asked to rejoin the club five years later as the Senior Assistant Superintendent. Leading up to his fantastic career, Michael spent time in the military and received a formal education. Michael served in the United States Air Force and received an Honorable Discharge. He attended Airman Leadership School at The Community College of the Air Force. Thank you for your service Michael. He graduated Rutgers Professional Turf Management School in Brunswick, NJ. As for professional licenses, Michael is a Certified New York State Commercial Pesticide Applicator. He maintains memberships with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendent Association.
On a personal note, Michael is originally from Beacon, NY, and he and his family live in Hopewell Junction, NY. He played competitive soccer in the Air Force, and currently plays in recreational softball leagues. Michael and his wife Marilyn have three children who all attend St. Martin de Porres School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Jack is their first born, 10 year old son who plays hockey, soccer and lacrosse. Next up is Brooke, their 8 year old daughter who dances competitively, plays soccer and is an avid horse back rider. Not to be overshadowed is their 3 year old, Kate who as of right now is a very supportive fan of her brother Jack and her sister Brooke! To round out the family they have a beautiful dog, Rex. Michael’s wife Marilyn has quite an impressive background, is very career and family oriented, and is extremely supportive of Michael’s career. Marilyn received her Doctorate in nursing from Northeastern University. She is a professor at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, where she teaches nursing. Marilyn was born and raised in Middletown NY, graduated from Middletown High School, and her Mom actually lives in Middletown in the home she grew up in. Michael and Marilyn love being involved with their careers, families and kid’s activities. Please join us in providing a warm welcome to the Lashlee family!
Raised in Goshen, New York, Jim began working in the Hospitality Industry at the age of 13. After years learning the ins and outs of Restaurants and Country Clubs, Jim attended SUNY New Paltz where he earned a Business Degree in Business Management and General Business. After graduating, Jim found the perfect fit at West Hills Country Club and was hired as Clubhouse Manager, where he has learned the intricacies of managing an upscale Country Club. Jim thoroughly enjoys the Club’s Membership and working with the great team at the Club on a daily basis to help make West Hills Country Club the Premier Country Club in the area.
Shawell (Sho) Thomas has worked for Bonura Hospitality Group since 2009. Sho started at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY. He then worked at Shadows on the Hudson, Dutchess Golf and Country Club, and the Grand Hotel. Shawell is now the Operations Manager at West Hills Country Club.
Whether Shawell is assisting a wedding couple, touring a photographer, setting up a DJ, or plating a dinner for 400, he does it with style and finesse. When he puts on his tuxedo, his co-workers all know it’s “Sho”-Time! Calm and hospitable in all situations, a couple couldn’t be luckier than to have Shawell overseeing their special day ensuring their magical moments come true.
Sho says that the best part about working at West hills Country Club is the relationships he developed with the members and the clients over time.
Prior To West Hills Country Club, John has been operating in the Metropolitan Section of the PGA from 2015-2019. After 12 years in the U.S. Army John got his start in the golf industry as an Assistant Golf Professional at Colonial Springs Golf Club in Farmingdale, NY. During his time there he would be responsible for the growth of all junior golf initiatives, tournament operations, and corporate golf outings. In his spare time he would volunteer to get certified to help disabled veterans develop a golf swing for their specific needs. In 2018, John would go on to work as the Golf Services Coordinator at Golf and Body NYC in Manhattan, catering to the most exclusive of clients. It is there that he would tailor his skills to the operational side of the golf industry by executing facility management, member services, and food and beverage.
John’s educational background would start at Farmingdale State College where he would receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management in 2018. From there he would get accepted into the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University where he is currently studying to further his knowledge of the sports industry with a focus in operations and facilities.
Currently in his free time John spends his time serving on the Board of Directors for the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund and StrongPoint Theinert Ranch. In giving back to the local communities and their veterans, he is able to help service-members and their families address and deal with the rigors of war.
John is also joined by his wife Elizabeth, and their two children Ethan (14) and daughter Dannie (7).
Catering & Sales
Janelle joined the West Hills Country Club sales team in 2014 as a Sales Assistant and was quickly promoted to a Sales Manager. In 2017, Janelle transferred to a sister property, The Grandview, for two years and became the Sales Concierge for three of the Bonura Hospitality Group Properties gaining additional skills and experience throughout her time there. Janelle returned to West Hills Country in 2019. Prior to joining the Bonura Hospitality Group, Janelle graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor’s Degree in food service and restaurant administration.
Janelle planned her own wedding at West Hills in 2016 allowing her to relate to the couples she plans with.